MASc / PhD Applications

Online applications for January 2018 intake will open on March 1st, 2017. The deadline for online application submission is June 1st, 2017.

Online applications for September 2017 intake are now closed. The deadline for domestic applicants was January 16th, 2017 and the extended deadline for international applicants was February 20th, 2017.

 

DEADLINES:

Intake Applications Open Applications Close Document Deadline Referee Deadline
September 2017 November 14, 2016 January 16, 2017 January 30, 2017 February 6, 2017
January 2018 March 1, 2017 June 1, 2017 June 15, 2017 June 30, 2017
September 2018 November 15, 2017 January 16, 2018 January 30, 2018 February 6, 2018

 

TO APPLY:
Click and follow Steps 1-4 below to complete the application and sending supporting documents.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Prospective students should be familiar with the requirements and advantages of the various programs BEFORE beginning the online application process as you will be asked there to specify your desired program of study.  Once your application is complete, it will be made available to all BME-affiliated faculty members for review. MASc and PhD applicants will be asked to indicate any professors they are particularly interested in working with, and these professors will be alerted to your interest.  It is not necessary to contact a prospective research supervisor prior to applying, but it is strongly encouraged to invite, by email, your preferred prospective research supervisor(s) to view your application because all requests for offers of admission are initiated by individual BME-affiliated faculty members.

RESEARCH AREAS
In order to ensure that your application is considered by the faculty members with interests closest to your own, we ask you to indicate which of our main research areas (clusters) you are most interested in and if there are any researchers (supervisors) you would particularly like to have your application directed to (these might be faculty members you have previously been in contact with).

FACULTY MEMBERS AND RESEARCH CLUSTERS
Select the following:


UNDERSTAND ADMISSION PROCEDURES
Review the Faculty of Graduate Studies' Admission Procedures. In particular, note the section detailing the Admission Requirements and the section detailing the Application Components and Required Documents.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Faculty of Graduate Studies Minimum Academic Requirements
BME Program Minimum Academic Requirements

Please note that we do not offer direct entry into the PhD program without a course and thesis-based Master's degree (similar to our MASc).

MINIMUM ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
English Language Proficiency: The official score report should be submitted directly from the ETS.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
Overall score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component in the Academic test (NOT General test). Send physical IELTS Score Report directly to the BMEG office address mentioned below on this page.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Overall score of 93 (internet-based test) or 580 (paper-based test). See Faculty of Graduate Studies website for component minimums

Please ask TOEFL to submit your examination report to the UBC engineering department corresponding to the degree specialization you are applying for (note: the ‘degree specialization’ simply indicates which department most closely corresponds to your previous training;  it has no effect on how your application is considered;  see STEP 3 below):

Specialization Institute Code Department Code
Chemical & Biological Engineering 0965 64
Electrical & Computer Engineering 0965 66
Mechanical Engineering 0965 68
Materials Engineering 0965 73

  • Copies of All Post- Secondary Transcripts
    Copies of official transcripts submitted via the online application from ALL post-secondary institutions. If the transcripts are in a language other than English a translation must be provided. Please include the front and back of each page of all transcripts. Ensure that there is a grading key (if applicable) accompanying the transcript. Each transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF. Do not upload a separate PDF for each page of the transcript.We will evaluate your application based on the PDF version you submit via the online system. You will only need to submit the physical copy if an offer of admission is made and accepted.
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    Your CV should outline professional employment, experience, education, publications and awards which you feel should be taken into account in considering your application for admission and/or scholarships. Please ensure that you list the titles of research projects/graduation theses; if these are available online, please consider including HTML links.
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) A two pages maximum Statement of Purpose outlining your goals for your degree program. Specifically, you should detail why you would like to come to UBC to engage in studies leading to a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of research interest, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research goals, and your future career goals. Additionally, please indicate whether you have been awarded or have applied for any scholarships (e.g., NSERC PGSM/PGSD, CIHR PGSM/PGSD, China Scholarship Council, etc.) and include amount of funding, duration of funding, etc.
  • An English proficiency exam (if required).
    If you are an applicant from outside of Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction, you are required to submit results of an English proficiency examination.
  • A scan of your Permanent Residence card (PR)
    If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, you will be asked to submit a PDF scan of both sides of your Permanent Residence card via the online application system.
  • Reference Letters
    Your application requires three letters of support from referees. At least one of your references should detail your academic achievement and how you would perform in a graduate-level degree program. Please be sure to contact prospective individuals in advance of your application so that you have their contact information prior to accessing the online application system. Specifically, for each referee, you will need to provide:

        • first name
        • last name
        • email address
        • contact information at his/her institution
        • title or position held

Please let your prospective referees know that the online application system will email them asking for a reference to be entered.

PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS

Program-Specific Questions:
The online application system will ask several BME-specific questions such as:

  1. Which research cluster and faculty member(s) you would like to work with.
  2. Would you like to be considered for the Engineers in Scrubs program?
  3. GPA Calculation: Please calculate and enter your GPAs for all the previous/current degrees.

Canada/US applicants: For Undergrad degree: Include all 300/400 level courses; Master’s degree: Overall GPA (include all grades earned in your program).

International applications: Overall GPA for all degrees


The BME Program supplements the university-wide application system with a program-specific system.  Please be sure to complete both parts of the submissions process outlined below:

SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Submit your online application and all the required documents as PDF at Faculty of Graduate Studies.

In the "program search" list, select the degree you are interested in applying to. The list will show you 8 different options for the Biomedical Engineering:

      • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Chemical & Biological Engineering
      • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Electrical & Computer Engineering
      • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Materials Engineering
      • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Mechanical Engineering
      • MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Chemical & Biological Engineering
      • MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Electrical & Computer Engineering
      • MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Materials Engineering
      • MASc in Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Mechanical Engineering

Please choose the option which most closely matches your PREVIOUS academic training.  Do not be concerned if you are uncertain about which specialization to select – your choice will have no effect on the evaluation of your application (all professors can see all applications), on your course selection, or on your program requirements and can be changed following admission if you wish.  Choosing the option which is closest to your academic history helps professors identify students with the most appropriate training and experience for their lab.

After making this choice, please follow the step-by-step instructions and enter your contact information, academic information and the program session to which you are applying.  Be sure to record your Student Number as provided by the application system (eight digits; for example purposes, suppose that it is 79820104); you will use this in subsequent correspondence.

SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS PHYSICALLY
If you receive an offer of admission from us, you will then be required to submit two physical versions of your official transcripts, official translations, etc. DO NOT send us any physical copies of your documents before this stage of application. Please mail your physical documents to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
University of British Columbia,
170-6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC, Canada   V6T 1Z2


QUESTIONS

For questions related to your application, please contact gradsec@bme.ubc.ca and note the following:

    • As we receive a high volume of applications, our priority is ensuring your application is processed into the system. We may be unable to provide individual confirmations as to whether or not we have received your documents. We will contact you only if further information is required. We apologize that we are also unable to respond to individual inquiries concerning application status.
    • If your credentials are from outside of North America, you will be considered an international applicant even if you have Permanent Resident status or Canadian citizenship.
    • Early submissions of application packages are strongly encouraged. Please ensure that you prepare your online documents in the required format (PDF).  Please do NOT submit documents other than those requested in our instructions.