Programs Overview

Overview

Are you a prospective student? Here at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME), we connect researchers across the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals to develop innovative solutions to improve human health.

At the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME), we have 3 graduate programs and 2 undergraduate programs.

Graduate programs

Doctor of Philosophy

Research degree that exposes candidates to cutting-edge research in a laboratory

Master of Applied Science

Research degree that exposes candidates to cutting-edge research in a laboratory

Master of Engineering

Professional degree that exposes candidates to biomedical device design to commercialization

Graduate program comparisons

Stream:ResearchProfessional
Program:PhD / MAScMEng
Focus:Research intensive training in a laboratory or clinical setting.Training in biomedical device design, implementation, and commercialization.
Career Interests:Individuals pursuing careers in academia, healthcare, government, or industry, who have a passion for research and development.

• Motivated to conduct cutting-edge research

• Passionate about academic collaboration and science communication

• Keen on becoming key opinion leaders with distinct research specialization
Individuals interested in medical device production from design to implementation in human patients.

• Seeking product design knowledge

• Interested in learning entrepreneurship fundamentals

• Eagar to gain real-world experience in the healthcare sector
Degree(s) Required:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Applied Science (for PhD only), or Master of Engineering (PhD only).Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science.
Outcome:Program graduates excel as leaders in academia, industry, and government agencies across the globe.Through work-integrated learning, graduates emerge as company founders, technology leaders, and start-up creators in the healthcare sector.
Average Program Length:2 years (for MASc) or
4-6 years (for PhD)
1 year
Funding:Unit-fundedSelf-funded
Curricula:• Coursework
Committee Meetings
• Qualifying/Bypass Exam (for PhD)
Thesis
• Defense
Final Oral Exam (for PhD)
• Coursework
• Practical Experience

Undergraduate programs and initiatives

At the Undergraduate level, there are two avenues that students may take if they are interested in pursuing Biomedical Engineering. There is the undergraduate major program offered by the Engineering Sciences Division and the BME Minor program offered by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME).

Outside of the classroom, BME also offers a Summer Bootcamp for Year 1 & 2 Engineering Sciences students who are interested in getting hands-on wet lab experience. Additionally, for all students looking to conduct research with a BME faculty member, we offer an Undergraduate Summer Research Award to help fund their research experience.

Outside of BME, The University of Toronto is also home to many Undergraduate clubs involving biomedical engineering such as  CUBE, UT BIOME, and iGEM Toronto.

 

  • BME Major

    This is an undergraduate degree hosted by Engineering Science Division. Students can choose to specialize in Biomedical Systems Engineering in their 3rd year, however BME do not control the course offerings here. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

  • Year 1

    Students will complete the Year 1 Engineering Sciences Curriculum. There are no biomedical engineering courses in the first year.

    Eligible: Summer Bootcamp

  • Year 2

    Students will complete the Year 2 Engineering Sciences Curriculum. In the second semester, they will be able to take BME205H: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering. At the end of second year students declare their specialization. 

    Eligible: Summer Bootcamp and Undergraduate Research Award

  • Year 3

    Here students will complete the Year 3 Biomedical Systems Engineering Curriculum. For the Year 3 curriculum please see the "BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (AEESCBASET)" underneath "Majors in Engineering Sciences" here.

    Eligible: Undergraduate Research Award

  • Year 4

    Here students will complete the Year 4 Biomedical Systems Engineering Curriculum. For the Year 4 curriculum please see the "BIOMEDICAL SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (AEESCBASET)" underneath "Majors in Engineering Sciences" here.

    Eligible: Undergraduate Research Award

  • BME Minor

    This is an undergraduate minor program where students take the 5 BME courses outlined to obtain a BME Minor. Students in an engineering undergraduate program, with the exception of students in the Engineering Science Biomedical Systems Engineering Major, may enroll in the BME Minor anytime between year 1 to degree completion. Students graduate with a notation on their transcript. 

  • Year 1

    Students will complete the Year 1 curriculum for whatever undergraduate engineering program they entered. 

  • Year 2

    Students will complete the Year 2 curriculum for whatever undergraduate engineering program they entered. 

    Eligible: Undergraduate Research Award

  • Year 3

    Students will complete the Year 3 curriculum for whatever undergraduate engineering program they entered in tandem with completing their BME Minor courses. For the recommended course plan see the BME Minor Page

    Eligible: Undergraduate Research Award

  • Year 4

    Students will complete the Year 4 curriculum for whatever undergraduate engineering program they entered in tandem with completing their BME Minor courses.

    Eligible: Undergraduate Research Award

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