Graduate Programs Many choices and discoveries await in Biomedical Engineering


http://www.bme.ubc.ca

Three graduate-level degrees are offered in the area of Biomedical Engineering:

  1. The Master of Applied Science
  2. Doctor of Philosophy
  3. The Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Estimated Time for Completion:

  • Two years for MASc in Biomedical Engineering
  • Three years for PhD in Biomedical Engineering for those holding a master’s degree
  • Four years for PhD in Biomedical Engineering for those not holding a master’s degree

Courses for BMEG program:

Program required courses:

  • APSC 456 (3) Clinical and Industrial Biomedical Engineering
  • APSC 556 (3) Clinical and Industrial Practice of Biomedical Engineering
  • APSC 552 (1) Biomedical Engineering SeminarBiomedical Engineering core courses (other courses may be allowed, see Program Director for approval):
  • APSC 550 (3) Biomedical Measurements and Biomaterials
  • CHBE 560 (3) Biochemical Engineering
  • CHBE 564 (3) Industrial Biotechnology Laboratory
  • CHBE 566 (3) Topics in Biochemical Engineering
  • EECE 432 (3) Biological Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems
  • EECE 490T (3) Topics in Electrial and Computer Engineering I – Biophotonics
  • EECE 518 (3) Human Interface
  • EECE 544 (3) Medical Imaging
  • EECE 571T (3) Electrical Engineering Seminar and Special Problems – Biophotonics
  • MECH 410L/550L Biofluids
  • MECH 436/536 Fundamentals of Injury Biomechanics
  • MECH 535 (3) Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • MECH 555 (4) Fundamentals of Microelectromechanical Systems
  • MTRL 595 (3) Advanced Biomaterials
  • MTRL 495 (3) Biomaterials
  • MTRL 496 (3) Biomimetic Materials Processing
  • APSC 530 (Term 2 portion) is equivalent to APSC 550
  • Suggested technical elective courses:

  • PHYS 540 (3) Radiological Imaging
  • PHYS 543 (3) Biomedical Optics
  • PHYS 541 (3) Nuclear Medicine
  • PHYS 542 (3) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Suggested clinical and industrial technical elective courses:

  • APSC 512 (3) Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization
  • APSC 540 (3) Business Decisions for Engineering Ventures
  • APSC 541 (3) Technology Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • and any 300 level or above business management course
  • Suggested life science elective courses:

  • APSC 452 (3) Biomedical Equipment, Physiology, and Anatomy
  • PHAR 514 (6) Advanced Drug Delivery Systems
  • PHYS 545 (3) Anatomy, Physiology and Statistics for Medical Physicist
  • APSC 530 (Term 1 portion) is equivalent to APSC 452, which will satisfy 3 credits of life sciences
  • and any 300 level or above human life science course such as those offered by the following departments: biology, biochemistry and pathology
  • Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Biomedical Engineering

    Master of Applied Science (MASc) students will apply for admission to a department within the Faculty of Applied Science, register in the MASc program in Biomedical Engineering upon the recommendation of an associated faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Program, and the approval of the Program Director and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

    The program will be open to those with undergraduate degrees in engineering or science in relevant scientific disciplines such as physics, computer science, biotechnology, or medical science. All applicants must have 3 credits of university-level cell biology before graduation. The program provides a series of cell biology lectures through APSC 552 which will meet the requirement for three credits of university-level cell biology.

    In addition, the program will be open to those with undergraduate degrees in engineering or in a scientific discipline that is closely related to engineering (eg. engineering physics). All applicants must have 3 credits of university-level cell biology before graduation.

    Program Course Requirements

    The MASc program is based on a 12-credit research thesis and selected courses determined by each student’s supervisory committee. All graduates of the MASc in Biomedical Engineering should be proficient in life and clinical sciences relevant to their research expertise in engineering science. Therefore, all students are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework as follows:

    • The three-credit course APSC 556: Clinical and Industrial Practice of Biomedical Engineering
    • A maximum of six credits in clinical and industrial practice of medical science or biomedical engineering. This includes APSC 556: Clinical and Industrial Practice of Biomedical Engineering.
    • A minimum of six credits in life science subjects. Three credits must be in physiology and anatomy unless candidates have the equivalent credits prior to admission. APSC 452 or 530 will meet this three credit requirement in physiology and antatomy.
    • A minimum of six credits from a list of core biomedical engineering courses currently offered by the Faculty of Applied Science.
    • At least nine credits must be taken in the Faculty of Applied Science courses at the 500-level. Course codes should be APSC, CHBE, EECE, MECH, and/or MTRL.
    • Technical electives are selected in consultation with the research supervisor.
    • Completion of the graduate seminar course APSC 552. Attendance is required during the entire program of study.
    • According to the Faculty’s academic regulations, a maximum of six credits at the undergraduate level in courses numbered 300 to 499 may be counted toward the requirements of a master’s degree.

    The coursework requirements (18 credits) are taken preferably in the first two semesters of study (three courses each semester). The thesis proposal will be prepared in consultation with their supervisor during the second term of the first year and completed by the end of the second year.


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students will apply for admission to a department within the Faculty of Applied Science, register in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the recommendation of an associated faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Program, and complete their coursework requirements in the first year of study. They will complete their candidacy examination within 18 months and complete their doctoral dissertation research within three to four years.

    Doctoral degree applicants must hold a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from an institution recognized by UBC, or hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree with course credits equivalent to that of the UBC MASc degree in Biomedical Engineering.

    Students who are admitted to the MASc program may, subject to the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and a supervisor’s recommendation, be granted permission to transfer to the PhD program provided an overall average of “A-” has been obtained in the MASc coursework and research ability has been evident. All doctoral students must satisfy coursework requirements equivalent to UBC’s MASc in the Biomedical Engineering Program prior to graduation (see MASc Program Course Requirements). Those students with a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from another institution may fulfill coursework requirements with their previous credits as long as the course content is equivalent to the ones offered by UBC.

    The program will be open to those with undergraduate degrees in engineering or in a scientific discipline that is closely related to engineering (eg. engineering physics). All applicants must have 3 credits of university-level cell biology before graduation.

    Why Biomedical Engineering?

    Why Biomedical Engineering?

    Master of Engineering (MEng) in Biomedical Engineering

    Master of Engineering (MEng) students will apply for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate program office directly. The Master of Engineering Program is administered solely by the Faculty of Applied Science. The Master of Engineering is a course-based degree program intended for professionals who do not wish to earn a research-based degree and do not intend to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

    The program will be open to those with undergraduate degrees in engineering or in a scientific discipline that is closely related to engineering (eg. engineering physics). All applicants must have 3 credits of university-level cell biology before graduation.

    Program Course Requirements

    The MEng course requirements are the same as the MASc requirements listed above. Students must complete the required courses, as well as 3 additional courses: APSC 550 and APSC 554, and 1 technical elective.

    For program and admission details visit the Master of Engineering Program website.

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