Master's Program (MEng)

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering Master’s program focuses on the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. With its unique multidisciplinary environment, and taking advantage of research collaborations between staff in the Faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering, BBME offers thesis-based M.Eng. degree that span broad themes, including: biomodelling, biosignal processing, medical imaging, nanotechnology, artificial cells and organs, probiotics, bioinformatics, orthopaedics, biological materials and mechanobiology, motor proteins and the cytoskeleton, biosensors and biological therapeutics, biological networks, and computational biology. BBME’s internationally-renowned staff provide frequent and stimulating interactions with physicians, scientists, and the biomedical industry. Through courses and thesis research, this program will prepare students for careers in industry, academia, hospitals and government and provide a solid basis for PhD studies. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or medicine with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and basic biology (physiology, cell biology, or molecular biology.)

Details of the Program

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Biological and Biomedical Engineering (Thesis)(45 Credits)

    Offered by:Biological & Biomedical Engr
    Degree:Master of Engineering

Program Requirement:

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BBME) Master’s program focuses on the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. With its unique multidisciplinary environment, and taking advantage of research collaborations between staff in the Faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering. BBME offers thesis-based graduate degrees (M.Eng.) that span broad themes in biomodelling, biosignal processing, medical imaging, nanotechnology, artificial cells and organs, probiotics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, biomaterials, and orthopaedics. BBME’s internationally renowned staff provide frequent and stimulating interactions with physicians, scientists, and the biomedical industry. Through courses and thesis research, this program will prepare students for careers in industry, academia, hospitals and government and provide a solid basis for Ph.D. studies. Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or medicine with a strong emphasis on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and basic physiology or cell biology.

Thesis Courses (24 credits)


  • BBME 693 Thesis Research 1 6 Credits
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  • BBME 694 Thesis Research 2 6 Credits
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  • BBME 695 Thesis Submission 12 Credits
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Required Courses (3 credits)


  • BBME 600D1 Seminars in Biol & Biomed Eng 1.5 Credits
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  • BBME 600D2 Seminars in Biol & Biomed Eng 1.5 Credits
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  • BBME 600N1 Seminars in Biol & Biomed Eng 1.5 Credits
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  • BBME 600N2 Seminars in Biol & Biomed Eng 1.5 Credits
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Complementary Courses (18 credits)

12 credits from BMDE or BIEN courses at the 500-level or higher core courses which may also include MDPH 607, of which the following must be included:

3 credits from the following quantitative courses, or other quantitative courses (at the 500-level or higher) approved by the Graduate Program Director.


  • BIEN 510 Eng'd Nanomtls for Biomed Appl 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 520 High Throughput Bio Devices 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 530 Imaging & Bio Instrumentation 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 550 Biomolecular Devices 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 560 Biosensors 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 570 Active Mechanics in Biology 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 590 Cell Culture Engineering 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 502 BME Modelling & Identification 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 509 Quant Anal & Mod of Cell Proc 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 512 Finite-Element Modelling:BME 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals & Systems 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 610 Functional Neuroimaging Fusion 3 Credits
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6 credits from the list below or from other courses (at the 500-level or higher) which have both biomedical content and content from the physical sciences, engineering, or computer science, with the approval of the supervisor and Graduate Program Director.


  • BIEN 510 Eng'd Nanomtls for Biomed Appl 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 520 High Throughput Bio Devices 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 530 Imaging & Bio Instrumentation 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 550 Biomolecular Devices 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 560 Biosensors 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 570 Active Mechanics in Biology 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 590 Cell Culture Engineering 3 Credits
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  • BIEN 680 Bioprocessing of Vaccines 4 Credits
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  • BINF 511 Bioinformatics for Genomics 3 Credits
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  • BIOL 598 Advanced Design and Statistics 3 Credits
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  • BIOT 505 Sel Topics in Biotechnology 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 501 Selected Topics:Biomedical Eng 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 502 BME Modelling & Identification 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 503 Biomedical Instrumentation 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 504 Biomaterials & Bioperformance 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 505 Cell and Tissue Engineering 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 506 Molecular Biology Techniques 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 508 Intro. to Micro & Nano-Bioeng 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 509 Quant Anal & Mod of Cell Proc 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 510 Topics in Astrobiology 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 512 Finite-Element Modelling:BME 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 519 Biomedical Signals & Systems 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 610 Functional Neuroimaging Fusion 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 625D1 Des of Assist Tech:Princ& Prax 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 625D2 Des of Assist Tech:Princ& Prax 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 650 Advanced Medical Imaging 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 651 Orthopaedic Engineering 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 652 Bioinformatics: Proteomics 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 653 Patents in Biomedical Eng. 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 654 Biomed Reg Affairs-Med Devices 3 Credits
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  • BMDE 655 Biomed Clin Trials-Med Devices 3 Credits
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  • CHEE 561 Intro to Soft Tissue Biophys 3 Credits
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  • CHEE 563 Biofluids&Cardiovascular Mech. 3 Credits
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  • CHEE 651 Adv Biochemical Engineering 4 Credits
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  • CHEM 571 Polymer Synthesis 3 Credits
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  • COMP 526 Probabilistic Reasoning and AI 3 Credits
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  • COMP 546 Computational Perception 4 Credits
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  • COMP 551 Applied Machine Learning 4 Credits
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  • COMP 558 Fund. of Computer Vision 3 Credits
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  • COMP 561 Comp. Biol. Methods & Research 4 Credits
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  • COMP 652 Machine Learning 4 Credits
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  • COMP 761 Advanced Topics Theory 2 4 Credits
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  • DENT 669 Extracellular Matrix Biology 3 Credits
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  • ECSE 523 Speech Communications 3 Credits
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  • ECSE 526 Artificial Intelligence 3 Credits
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  • ECSE 529 Computer and Biological Vision 3 Credits
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  • ECSE 618 Haptics 4 Credits
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  • ECSE 626 Statistical Computer Vision 4 Credits
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  • ECSE 681 Colloquium in Elec Enginrg 4 Credits*
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  • EPIB 521 Regression Anal for Health Sc. 3 Credits
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  • EXMD 609 Cellular Meths in Med Research 3 Credits
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  • EXMD 610 Molecular Meths in Medical Res 3 Credits
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  • FACC 510 Sel Topics: Faculty of Eng 1 3 Credits
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  • MATH 525 Sampling Theory & Applications 4 Credits
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  • MDPH 607 Medical Imaging 3 Credits
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  • MDPH 612 Instr. & Comp. in Med. Phys. 3 Credits
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  • MECH 500 Sel Topics in Mechanical Eng 3 Credits*
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  • MECH 548 Cellular Matls:Natl&Eng Struct 3 Credits
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  • MECH 553 Design & Manuf of Microdevices 3 Credits
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  • MECH 561 Biomech of Musculoskeletal Sys 3 Credits
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  • MECH 562 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3 Credits
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  • MECH 563 Biofluids&Cardiovascular Mech 3 Credits
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  • MECH 605 Applied Maths 1 4 Credits
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  • MECH 610 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics 4 Credits
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  • MECH 632 Adv Mechanics of Materials 4 Credits
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  • NEUR 603 Computational Neuroscience 3 Credits
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  • NEUR 630 Principles of Neuroscience 1 3 Credits
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  • NEUR 631 Principles of Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
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  • PHGY 502 Exercise Physiology 3 Credits
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  • PHGY 517 Artificial Internal Organs 3 Credits
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  • PHGY 518 Artificial Cells 3 Credits
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  • PHGY 556 Topics in Systems Neuroscience 3 Credits
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  • PHYS 519 Advanced Biophysics 3 Credits
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  • PSYT 630 Statistics for Neurosciences 3 Credits
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* When topic is appropriate.


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Doctoral Fast-track
The BBME Graduate Program permits some Master’s students to proceed directly to the PhD Program after completion of MEng course work without having to complete a Master’s thesis. This arrangement is called Fast-Tracking and is used when a student has performed well in the course work, has demonstrated research/creative potential, and has a Master’s research project that can be extended to a PhD-level project. Fast-Tracking may be attempted within the first 18 months in the Master's program.

Who Can Apply?
The BBME program prides itself on the diversity of its students – hailing from all areas of engineering and from the physical, chemical and life sciences and medicine – that choose to pursue graduate degrees with us.

Applicants with an undergraduate engineering degree should have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.3 out of 4, and must have taken a university-level life-science course.  Applicants who are not coming from an engineering background must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants should have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.3 out of 4, or the equivalent, in their undergraduate program.
  • Applicants must have taken at least four courses (12 credits) of university level quantitative courses of which at least 2 must be Math:
    • Math prerequisites may include statistical, numerical and computational methods
    • Quantitative courses may include those from physics, chemistry, engineering, computer-science, medical-physics, and quantitative life-science courses, and other courses that apply math to different fields.
  • Applicants must have taken at least four courses (12 credits) of university-level natural sciences courses of which at least 1 must be life science (200-level or higher):
    • Natural-science courses include courses such as biology, physiology, anatomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer-science, medical-physics, etc.
    • The 4 natural science courses must include at least one university-level course in general physiology, cell biology, molecular biology or related course.

                         For Québec applicantsCÉGEP-level courses are not considered university-level courses and do not qualify as pre-requisites.

Applicants lacking some pre-requisites (at most two prerequisites, including the life-science requirement) may be accepted to the program on the condition that they make up the deficits in the first year of their graduate program.  Since these courses will be at the undergraduate level, they will not count toward the course requirements of their graduate program.

Language Requirements
Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, or who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, must submit documented proof of competency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A total score of at least 100 on the Internet-based test with a minimum score of 20 in each section.  A minimum score of 600 is required for the paper-based test; or
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of 7.0 or greater (Academic module).
  • The examinations must have been taken no more than two years prior to the application date. See the GPS website for English Language Proficiency and for further details about submitting test scores.
  • GRE is NOT required.

Please note that we cannot prescreen applicants over the phone or e-mail. You need to formally apply in order for us to objectively evaluate the entirety of your application.

How to Apply?
See How to Apply in the left navigation menu.

How long does it take to complete?
Master's programs require a minimum residency of three complete terms. The typical time spent to complete a Master's degree in Biological and Biomedical Engineering is two to two-and-a-half calendar years. Each term after completion of the required residency is considered an additional session at reduced fees.

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact us at info.bbme [at] mcgill.ca.

Additional information for graduate students can be found on the GPS website:  www.mcgill.ca/gps