Degree Programs

PhD Program

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers the PhD degree. Completion of the degree requires four graduate-level courses (two offered by the Department plus two from another department) and a research thesis that must be defended and presented in a public seminar. Normally, a student will first enroll in the MSc program and then transfer to the PhD program, courses taken in the MSc program counting towards the PhD degree. Students entering the Department who hold a MSc degree are required to take only two graduate-level courses (both from the Department). The normal time for completion of the degree is 4-5 years The Department requires that all PhD students receive financial support. For additional information, please consult the Department’s Graduate Student Manual.

Students seeking admission to a department other than the Department of Biomedical Engineering should consult directly with the department regarding admission and degree requirements. While many professors involved in biomedical-engineering are members of a department other than the Department of Biomedical Engineering, it is possible for students to receive their degree from the Department of Biomedical Engineering if the professor holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The University offers the Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Program in which a student may receive a degree from two departments, that of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a second appropriate department. In general, this Program requires additional course work and a supervisor from each department (called co-supervisors).