MEng Applications

Please note: Students in MEng are normally accepted for September intake. January intake is not part of the regular admissions cycle for MEng, and applications are not usually recommended for this session. January applications for MEng will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Potential applicants are therefore advised to discuss their plans with the BME Graduate Advisor. Please contact for details.


 Applications OpenApplications CloseDocument DeadlineReferee Deadline
September 2020November 15, 2019January 16, 2020January 30, 2020February 6, 2020
September 2021November 15 2020January 16, 2021January 30, 2021February 6, 2021

To Apply:
Click and follow Steps 1-3 below to complete the application and sending supporting documents.

Understand Admission Procedures

Review the Faculty of Graduate Studies' admission procedures.

Minimum 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 Requirement

All applicants where their degree was conferred at a university outside Canada, other than the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and approved countries, must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Test scores must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Official score report must be submitted directly from the ETS.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Overall score of 93 (internet-based test) or 580 (paper-based test).

  • Use the University of British Columbia's institution code 0965; and the appropriate discipline code
  • Give the reason for taking TOEFL "to enter a college or university as a graduate student"

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). Request electronic IELTS Score Report be sent directly to UBC from the IELTS testing centre.

On the IELTS application form you will be asked to specify institutions where you would like the results being sent to. To ensure UBC receives your results correctly, you have to use the following details on the application:

  • Name of institution: The University of British Columbia
  • Name of person/department: School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Address: 257-2222 Health Science Lane, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3, Canada

Copies of All Post-Secondary Transcripts

Copies of official transcripts submitted via the online application from ALL post-secondary institutions (note that unofficial scans are not acceptable). If the transcripts are in a language other than English an official 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 Biomedical Engineering, 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 and include amount of funding, duration of funding, etc.

An English proficiency exam (if required)

If you are an applicant from an institution 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.

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.

Paper copies of reference should be mailed directly to:

Graduate Admissions
School of Biomedical Engineering
251 - 2222 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

GPA Calculation

Please calculate and enter your GPAs for all 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:



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 one physical version 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 Biomedical Engineering Program at:

Graduate Admissions
School of Biomedical Engineering
251 - 2222 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3

Please see the MEng policies for minimum academic requirements and required supporting documents.

Acceptance to MEng

Your application is evaluated by both the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Advisor. Letters of offer will come directly to you via the online application portal from the Biomedical Engineering Program Office.

Original letters of offer will be mailed to International students who require the original for study permits and visas. It is your responsibility to know what documents are required and to re-apply for renewals well before expiry dates.

Please see the MEng policies for more information.


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.