The following table outlines degree requirements for each of the MEng, MASc and PhD programs.
- Start at the top and work your way down the requirements columns to complete your course choices. Numbers in brackets refer to number of credits, and the plus sign indicates possible additional credits; i.e., (3+) means “3 or more credits.”
Courses descriptions are available from the UBC Course Calendar.
Note that not all courses listed are offered every year.
BASc or equivalent*
|MASc or equivalent*|
Life Sciences (3+)
Anatomy/Physiology (3+) – normally students will take BMEG 510† (4 credits) (Anatomy and Physiology with Applications to Biomedical Devices) to satisfy a portion of this requirement; other acceptable options include:
|BMEG 550 (3) Biomedical Engineering Technology
BMEG 597†† (6) Master of Engineering Project
|BMEG 599 (12) MASc Thesis||BMEG 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation|
|Core Technical Courses||6+ credits of the following:||Have satisfied the equivalent of the BME MASc program|
|Courses required for and restricted to students in the Engineers in Scrubs program (MASc & PhD only)|
|Optional, but not required, for MASc & PhD students
Other BME-focused courses may be introduced from time to time in various departments in the Faculty of Applied Science; such courses will normally be accepted as BME core courses; if you are in doubt about a particular course you are interested in, please consult the BME Graduate Advisor.
|Technical Electives||3+ from the following:||0+ from the following:||As required by supervisory committee:|
|Any of the following are acceptable as technical electives:
|Free Electives||As desired to customize a student’s program; these choices should be approved by the student’s supervisor and/or the BME Graduate Advisor. Common free electives include: Business/Entrepreneurship Courses
Statistics, Healthcare Policy and Economics, Ethics, etc.
Note re: Engineering Management Subspecialization:
This program is being phased out. Students who began their program in Sep 2014 or earlier and who had taken some sub-specialization courses before January 2015 must complete the program prior to December 2015.
|Special Topics||Theses courses are offered on an occasional or trial basis. Contact the Graduate Faculty Advisor if interested.|
|Other Limitations or Requirements||A maximum of 6 credits at an undergraduate level (courses numbered 300-499) may be counted toward the requirements of a masters degree|
* Applicants to the BME program should normally hold an engineering degree or a closely-related degree with significant technical, analytical and mathematical components (e.g., physics, biophysics, chemistry, computer science). Students with degrees in other fields (e.g., life sciences, kinesiology, physical therapy) may be considered for the program if they have adequate technical preparation. Students in such situations should consult with the graduate advisor prior to applying. Applicants with credit for BMEG 410 or 456 (or equivalent) will be exempt from the requirement to take BMEG 510 and 556, but must replace them with additional courses of equivalent credit value.
** There is no explicit course requirement for the PhD, but students will normally be asked by their supervisory committee to take 2-4 courses to establish suitable breadth in their area of specialization and to make up any deficiencies in their background. PhD students are required to demonstrate substantial equivalence to the BME MASc program in their previous work.
*** BMEG 598 incorporates both the monthly Grand Rounds public seminars and the annual Biomedical Engineering Workshop (conference). Students are required to remain registered for and attend all BME Grand Round Seminars and Workshops during the duration of their program. Pass or Fail standing is awarded based on the attendance and final standing or credits for the course will not be given until the program completion.
† Prior to 2013, students had the option of receiving credit for both BMEG 410 and BMEG 550 by enrolling in the two-term, 6-credit course, BMEG 530, which incorporated both 410 and 550 and added an additional graduate-level project during the anatomy term. BMEG 530 was discontinued in 2013; students should now register directly in BMEG 510 (Anatomy and Physiology with Applications to Biomedical Devices) and BMEG 550.