University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Biomedical Engineering (MEng)

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,258
Careers:Biomedical Engineers


Established in 2006, the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME) combines the teaching and research strengths of many academic units across the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The Institute offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree in Biomedical Engineering. The Master of Applied Science program in Biomedical Engineering is a joint multidisciplinary program that combines research input of seven primary participating academic units at: University of Ottawa: Department of Mechanical Engineering (MCG), School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), and Department of Chemical Engineering (CHG); and at Carleton University: Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Computer Science, and Department of Physics.

The Institute benefits from the expertise of a number of prominent medical researchers and well established University of Ottawa medical research units including: the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. In addition to the participating academic units listed above, a number of others are involved in the program through the research activities of some of their faculty members, or through graduate courses that may be taken as electives by students in the program. Research facilities are shared between the two campuses. Students have access to the professors, courses and facilities at both universities; however, they must register at the “home university” of the thesis supervisor. Members of the Institute are engaged in four main research fields: medical instrumentation; biomedical image processing; biomechanics and biomaterials; medical informatics and telemedicine. The goal of the program is to apply engineering and science principles such as heat transfer, electromagnetic waves, electronics, fluid mechanics, mass transport, solid mechanics, engineering materials, signal processing and image analysis to solve basic problems in biotechnology and medicine. A joint program committee, which includes one faculty member from each of the primary participating academic units and which is jointly chaired by a director and an associate director, administers the program. The program is offered in English. The two common compulsory courses are offered in French subject to sufficient enrolment.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    To be considered for admission, applicants must: Hold a bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major (or equivalent) in engineering, science, computer science, or a related discipline, with a minimum average of 75% (B+); Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills; Provide at least two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with their work; Provide a statement of purpose indicating the career goals and the interests in the proposed research area; Identify at least one professor who is willing and available to act as thesis supervisor; Be proficient (understand, speak and write) in English.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration)
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Two letters of recommendation, a letter of intent outlining your career goals and proposed research area and official transcripts of all universites attended are required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 14, 2022