PhD Rotation

Students applying for the September 2020 intake will be considered for the Biomedical Engineering Rotation Program if they apply by January 1, 2020 with all references and official documents submitted.

One of the few offerings of its kind in Canada, the SBME PhD Rotation Program is a unique opportunity for students to meet, work with, and gain experience from multiple researchers across disciplines in the Biomedical Engineering space. Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is integral to scientific advancement – exposure to an array of labs and lab cultures is deeply valuable in broadening both a student’s view of their field as well as their skill set.

Consisting of three, two-month laboratory rotations, students work directly with potential supervisors. This rotation format ensures that when students choose their thesis supervisor at the end of the third rotation, they have found and already collaborated with the best possible fit for their PhD studies.

Students accepted into the Rotation Program are required to complete all three rotations.

Who is eligible?

  • Canadians, Permanent Residents of Canada, and international PhD applicants who meet all of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program admission requirements are eligible for the Rotation Program.
  • Successful applicants will have a first-class standing in their previous degree, excellent references, and relevant research experience.
  • There is no separate application form for this Program. Students will indicate their interest in joining the Rotation Program in the “Program Specific Question” section of our online application form.

Rotation Program at a Glance

  • Admission: Students will be admitted as MASc students on the understanding that they will transfer to the PhD program once they find a supervisor after their rotation period ends.
  • Funding: Selected students receive a Biomedical Engineering Rotation Program Award totaling $16,667 for the eight months of the rotation period (September – April).
  • Laboratory Rotations: Each selected student will need to identify (and confirm the agreement of) three supervisors for their rotations. More details are provided to students in their offer letters upon acceptance.
  • Coursework: Students in the Rotation Program will be required to take the same required courses as those transferring from the MASc to PhD.