MSc Program (Course-based)


The course-based MSc offers students strong foundational knowledge in biomedical engineering by combining coursework, a capstone project and professional development opportunities. Students must complete a minimum of eight 3-unit graduate courses plus one 2-unit graduate seminar course and one 3-unit capstone project. It is expected that the program can be completed within 18 to 24 months; however, students are able to accelerate or prolong the program in consultation with the graduate program director. Students participate in multidisciplinary projects to develop the skills and expertise needed to launch a meaningful career in the field. Graduates leave as highly-trained biomedical engineers, prepared to contribute to Alberta’s fast-growing life sciences and health innovation sectors.

Program Objectives

  • To equip students from a background in engineering or a related discipline with the required foundational knowledge in biology and medicine to become trained biomedical engineers
  • To provide students with the knowledge, skills, methods, tools and experience to launch a career in the biomedical engineering field and/or set them up for success to pursue a career in medicine or a health-related field

Program learning outcomes

  1. Gain foundational knowledge in diverse biomedical engineering areas such as biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, biomedical device design and biomedical research methods
  2. Gain foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology in the biomedical engineering context 
  3. Obtain relevant understanding of emerging biomedical engineering technologies and techniques 
  4. Learn to communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary field, both orally and in writing
  5. Gain understanding of the ethical and professional responsibilities involved in biomedical research and development, including work with human and animal participants


Course Status Course Number Course Name
Required BME 621 Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
Required MEC E 686 Assessment and Analysis of Biomechanical Motion
Required BME 685 Fundamentals of Biomechanical Modeling
Required BME 605 Bioinstrumentation
Required CH E 582 /or/
MAT E 694
Introduction to Biomaterials /or/
Nanomaterials and Biomedical Applications
Required BME 653 Biomedical Engineering Research Methods and Experimental Design
Choose 2 Two additional graduate-level courses must be completed. Courses should be chosen with the approval of the graduate program director. 
Required BME 900 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Project
Required BME 600 Seminars in Biomedical Engineering















Note that funding support is typically not available for the course-based MSc.