The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Engineering program offers students an opportunity to work at the highest level of research. Students are expected to complete their candidacy examination within 18 months and complete doctoral dissertation research within three to four years. Graduates find employment at academic institutions and in high level research and development positions in industry and other institutions.

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MD/PhD Program

For students interested in both clinical medicine and basic sciences, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Graduate Studies jointly offer a unique 7 year MD/PhD program. The PhD component of the combined MD/PhD degree is coordinated with various hosting departments and research programs within the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Medicine; the Biomedical Engineering Program participates in this program. Students admitted to this program receive a full fellowship for the period of their studies.

Please note that MD/PhD program applicants should apply directly to the Faculty of Medicine and not to Biomedical Engineering. For more information about admission requirements and the application procedure, please visit the MD/PhD program. If you wish to be considered for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering alone in case you are not admitted to the MD/PhD program, you will need to submit a separate application to the BME program.

Rotation Program

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.