MASc / PhD Applications

Online applications for September 2018 intake are now closed. Online applications for January 2019 intake will open on March 1, 2018. The deadline for online application submission is June 1, 2018.


Intake Applications Open Applications due to be considered for awards Applications Close Document Deadline Referee Deadline
January  2019 March 1, 2018 N/A June 1, 2018 June 15, 2019 June 30, 2018
September 2019 November 15, 2018 January 1, 2019 January 16, 2019 January 30, 2019 February 6, 2019

An applicant with a research supervisor confirmed, may be considered for late application, on a case-by-case basis. All applicants are encouraged to submit their application in advance of the application deadline.

How 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 & Research Clusters

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

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 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):

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.

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.

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.

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.

There are three possible formats for references:

  1. Electronic references
    We utilize an electronic reference ("e-ref") system. In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee. (Please note, that we are unable to accept e-mails from Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, MSN or other free e-mail accounts for referees.) A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.
  2. Paper letters of reference
    Your referee may wish to send a paper letter. Paper letters of reference should be on referee's official letterhead and must be mailed directly to the relevant program in a sealed and endorsed envelope.
  3. Paper reference forms
    UBC provides an academic reference form and a professional reference form.

    • The academic reference form is used in situations where the referee is someone who you have interacted with in an academic setting (e.g. referee was the professor of a course in which you were enrolled).
    • The professional reference form is used in situations where the reference is someone who you have interacted with in a professional setting (e.g. referee was your supervisor at work).

    Your referee will fill out the applicable reference form and mail it directly to the relevant program in a sealed and endorsed envelope.

Prepare your Answers for Program-Specific Questions

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

  • Which research cluster and faculty member(s) would you like to work with?
  • Would you like to be considered for the Engineers in Scrubs program?
  • GPA Calculation: Please calculate and enter your GPAs for all the previous/current degrees.
    • Canada/US applicants:
      • 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 PDFs at Faculty of Graduate Studies.

In the "program search" list, select the degree you are interested in applying to. The list will show you 2 different options for the Biomedical Engineering:

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  • MASc in Biomedical 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


For questions related to your application, please contact 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.