Certificate in Translational Biomedical Engineering (Graduate)

The Graduate Certificate in Translational Biomedical Engineering will enable you to translate advances in biomedical engineering research to clinical and commercial solutions.  Students will learn the complementary skills needed to take early stage research results from the bench to the bedside and bridge the gap between invention and product innovation. The Certificate addresses the needs of the biomedical industry for such highly qualified personnel.

This is a 15 course credit, graduate-level program.

Who Can Apply?

  • Students with an undergraduate engineering degree with a major or minor in biomedical engineering, or the equivalent and an undergraduate GPA equivalent to McGill’s 3.3/4.0.
  • Graduates from other areas of engineering/natural sciences will be admitted provided that they have a background in general physiology equivalent to that covered in both PHGY 209 - Mammalian Physiology 1 and PHGY 210 - Mammalian Physiology 2 .
    • Applicants lacking the life science background may be admitted but will be required to fulfill the aforementioned physiology prerequisite in the first year of the 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 long does it take to complete?

The minimum time to completion is two terms to a maximum of three years.

Tuition Fees

Please refer to the McGill Fee Calculator for official fee information. Select:

  • Residency Status
  • Program: “Certificates Graduates – Others”

Program and Course Requirements

The program comprises three required core courses and two complementary which must be completed in no more than three consecutive years. The mandatory courses deal with topics that are unique to the translational process in the biomedical engineering environment. Topics covered will include: managing intellectual property, patents and the patenting process, regulatory affairs, medical standards, quality management systems, and clinical trials. The two complementary courses will provide the student with advanced training in a specialized area of biomedical engineering selected from the areas where Departmental staff have significant expertise.

In cases where students have taken one or more of the core courses as part of another program, these core courses will be replaced with the equivalent number of credits, at the 500 level or higher, by other appropriate courses selected in consultation with the Program Director.

Please click here for a list of approved courses.

How to Apply?

Please click here for information.


If you have questions, please info.bme [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Question%20about%20Certificate%20Program) (contact us via email).

Additional information for graduate students can be found on the GPS website.