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.

Top-ranked applicants, as determined by the Admissions Committee, will be offered the opportunity to participate in this Rotation Program. The Program consists of three two-month laboratory rotations, allowing students a chance to work with different potential supervisors. By the end of the third rotation, students will finalize their thesis supervisor. Therefore, those students accepted to this Program will not be required to secure the commitment of a research (thesis) supervisor before they receive acceptance to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and the University of British Columbia. However, at the end of their three laboratory rotations, students must finalize the commitment of a research supervisor in order to continue in their PhD

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

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. Top-ranked applicants, as determined by the Admissions Committee, will be offered the opportunity to participate in this Rotation Program. The Program consists of three two-month laboratory rotations, allowing students a chance to work with different potential supervisors. By the end of the third rotation, students will finalize their thesis supervisor. Therefore, those students accepted to this Program will not be required to secure the commitment of a research (thesis) supervisor before they receive acceptance to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and the University of British Columbia. However, at the end of their three laboratory rotations, students must finalize the commitment of a research supervisor in order to continue in their PhD

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

Who is eligible for the Rotation Program?

  • 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.
  • See the admission requirements for Domestic and International applicants.
  • 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.

Why join the Rotation Program?

  • Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research is of growing importance, so exposure to other labs/different lab cultures from the beginning is very valuable, as is acquiring a broad skill set.
  • Rotations also maximize the chances of a good fit between student and supervisor.

How does the Rotation Program work?

  • 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: Students selected for this Program will 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 will be provided to students in their offer letters.
  • Coursework: As with other students in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, students in the Rotation Program will be required to take the same required courses as students transferring from the MASc to PhD.