Master of Science Program

Expected Time to Graduation: 2 years (approximate)

MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT:

4-years (Full-time Status)

5-years (Part-time Status)


 

FORMS

 

AWARDS:  ACTIVATE / APPLY   

 

PLAGIARISM & COPYRIGHTS  

 

ETHICS APPROVAL
Students conducting research which incorporate animals or people MUST obtain Ethics Approval prior to the start of research. If you are not sure contact the Ethics Office directly.

 

AURORA -- University Registration System

 

PROGRAM & UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS

 

 

 


 ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Academic Advisor (who must be a CORE or an ADJUNCT member of the BME program) must establish an Advisory Committee for the student within 12-months of the student’s registration in the BME program.  It is essential that the Advisor is diligent in reviewing the student's Advisory Committee, ensuring that an External Member is established in the student's Advisory Committee early (The external is defined as the academic who is outside of the home faculty of the main Advisor)

Academic Advisor:

  1. In order to supervise an M.Sc. student in the BME program the advisor/co-advisor must
    1. hold a Ph.D. or MD degree
    2. be a member of the BME program (the student must have an advisor identified at the time of admission)
  2. The advisor must establish an advisory committee for the student within 12-months of the student’s registration in the BME program
  3. Academic Advisors must plan, disscuss, and approve the student's Program of Study

Advisory Committee:  Should consist of the following

  1. An Advisor
  2. At least two additional members who are members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
    1. At least two members of the Advisory Committee must be members of the BME Program. In addition to the Advisor
      1. at least one (1) member must be from the same home-faculty as the Advisor (internal)
      2. one (1) member must be from a home-faculty that is different from that of the Advisor's home-faculty (external)
    2. At least one (1) member of the committee must be from the Faculty of Engineering
    3. At least two (2) different home-departments must be represented on the Advisory Committee
  3. CO-Advisor
    1. When the advisor holds a faculty position (this may be a nil-salaried position but not an adjunct position) in a department with a graduate program, a co-advisor is not required
    2. However, given the multi-disciplinary nature of the program, the inclusion of a co-advisor is strongly recommended
    3. When the advisor does not hold a faculty position with a rank of Assistant Professor or higher in a department with a graduate program, a co-advisor who is both a member of the FGS and a Core BME member is required.
    4. The co-advisor is extra to the minimum number of the advisory committee as described above. All members of the advisory committee should be deemed qualified by the Program Director and be willing to serve

Committee Responsibilities Include: 

  1. Approval of the student's
    1. Program of Study
    2. Thesis Proposal
    3. General supervision over the students work throughout the M.Sc. Program.
  2. Progress Reports and Progress Meetings
    1. The committee should meet with the student periodically (and must meet with the student at least once a year) to review the student’s progress and to report this progress to the Faculty of Graduate Studies
    2. If there is evidence of unsatisfactory performance, the student may be required to withdraw by FGS

Internal / External Committee Member

 These are members of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies

 

 

 

 

THESIS PROPOSAL PRESENTATION  

The thesis proposal must be completed within 12-months of entry to the BME program.  

The written proposal is intended to develop the rationale for the study, the hypothesis, and the approach.  There should be enough detail to evaluate the validity of the approach, the feasibility, and the timeline for research.  The written proposal should be developed by the student. The proposal should be 2-3 pages in length (excluding reference list, figures, tables, and appendices).  

The advisor will assess the written thesis proposal and if in agreement will endorse the proposal.  If the written proposal is not approved, the student will have 1-month to resubmit a revised proposal for approval.  Once the proposal is endorsed by the advisor, the written thesis proposal will be forwarded to the Advsiory Committee for their approval and endorsement.  Afterwhich it is given to the Graduate Advisor and sent to the Chair of the Admissions Committee for approval. An oral presentation is not required but you may be asked to present your proposal by your advisor and / or Advisory Committee.   

APPROVAL PROCESS:

  1. Approved Academic Advisor
  2. Endorsed by the Advisory Committee
  3. Approved by the Chair of the Admissions Committee

 

 

 

FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION:  EXAMINING COMMITTEE

The Academic Advisor assembles his/her M.Sc. student's BME Examining Committee. A BME, M.Sc. Examining Committee consists of

  • The student's Advisory Committee
  • An External Examiner

EXTERNAL EXAMINER'S QUALIFICATIONS

    • Relevant expertise in the students research area
    • Cannot have served on your advisory committee
    • Have no conflicts of interest in serving as the External Examiner for the student (holds an at arm's length relationship with the student)  
    • Must be acceptable to FGS and the BME Program Director or the Chair of the BME Admission Committee 

SELECTION OF AN EXTERNAL EXAMINER

  • The Academic Advisor and possibly the entire Advisory Committee should decide upon an External Examiner. 
  • The External Examiner should meet the definition of an External Examiner as described above
  • The name of all Examiners should be listed on the Master’s Appointment of Examiners form found at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/media/thesis_title_examiners-masters.pdf
    • The Master’s Appointment of Examiners is submitted to the BME Program Director or the Chair of the BME Admission Committee for APPROVAL
  • The Advisor should make sure the External is available on the day and during the time of the M.Sc. student’s defence
  • The student must make sure that the External Examiner receives a copy of the M.Sc. Thesis.

APPROVAL OF EXAMINING COMMITTEE

 

 

 

THESIS DISTRIBUTION:  FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION

  1. After receiving email APPROVAL from the Academic Advisor the student may distribute his/her Master of Science thesis by Email to each Examining Committee member (including the External Examiner).
    • If a committee member wishes a hard-copy of the thesis, the student must accommodate the committee member.
    • Any costs associated in accommodating a committee member in the distribution of the student's thesis is the responsibility of the student.
  2. The Thesis MUST be REVIEWED by the Examining Committee PRIOR to scheduling the Final Thesis Presentation 
  3. BME does NOT require the collection of reports on an M.Sc. thesis but the Academic Advisor may ask for a written report to better prepare for the Final Thesis Presentation
  4. The Academi Advisor may schedule a Thesis Defence after the Examining Committee has reviewed the M.Sc. Thesis 
  5. Thesis Title:  AFTER DISTRIBUTION, the TITLE of the thesis may NOT be changed until after the oral defence and only with committee approval.

 

 

 

FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION CHAIRPERSON 

An oral defense of the thesis is required for all students registering in the M.Sc. program. An independent Chairperson will be approved by the BME Program Director or the Chair of the BME Admissions Committee to oversee the M.Sc. Examination. The Chair does NOT have to be faculty from BME.

  • The Chair does not question the student
  • The Chair is advisory and non-voting

 

DUTIES OF THE CHAIRPERSON

  1. Introduction of self, the Candidate, and the Oral Examining Committee members
    1. The Department will send the Chairperson
      1. The Oral Report Form
      2. The Candidate's Bio & Abstract
      3. The names and positions of the Oral Examining Committee members
  2. The Chairperson is responsible for maintaining the relevance of questioning and ensuring that the time limits are not exceeded
    1. Candidate presentation (20-30 minute summary of the salient points of the research)
    2. Questions from the Oral Examining Committee (should not normally exceed 30-minute)
    3. Questions from the audience (University community)
    4. The Chair does not question the student
  3. The Chairperson will ask the Candidate & all spectators to withdraw from the room following the questioning.  This is to allow the Oral Examining Committee to deliberate the Thesis Presentation
    1. The Chair is a non-voting position
  4. The Chairperson reports the final judgement of the Oral Examining Committee
    1. APPROVED:  must be unanimous and each examiner must indicate by signature, concurrence on the verdict
      1. The judgment may also be reported informally to the candidate by the Chair once a verdict has been reached and the Final Report form has been signed by all of the examiners
      2. At this time, the candidate will be informed of any minor revisions of the thesis required and it will be the Advisor's responsibility to ensure that all such revisions are carried out before the thesis and results of the examination are transmitted to the Graduate Studies office.
    2. NOT APPROVED:  must indicate by signature, concurrence on the verdict
      1. In the event that the examination is not approved, the Student may attempt the oral examination a second time within six-months of the first examination.
      2. Should the second examination also not be approved, the Student will be required to withdraw from the M.Sc. program
      3. The judgment may also be reported informally to the candidate by the Chair once a verdict has been reached and the Final Report form has been signed by all of the examiners.
      4. At this time, the Candidate and Advisor will arrange to meet to discuss needed improvements
  5. FINAL REPORT
    1. The Chair should give the Final Report to the Graduate Chair
    2. The Graduate Chair will hold on to the Final Report until Academic Advisor indicate that the Candidate's final thesis have met the requirements of the Oral Examining Committee and the Candidate may submit his/her thesis to MSpace.

 

 

 

FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION 

M.Sc. Thesis Presentation Date

  • The M.Sc. Thesis Presentation should be made approximately 10-working days prior to the FGS Graduation Deadline  http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/media/Information_for_Graduands.pdf (weekends and holidays do not count in the 10-working day time-frame)
  • The Academic Advisor organizes the Master's Thesis Presentation AFTER the Examining Committee has received, evaluated, and have had to a chance to comment on the thesis for presentation
  • Should there be a comments requesting that the student make certain changes to the thesis prior to presentation the student has 1-week to make those changes and again distribute to the Academic Advisor and Committee member requesting the change. 
    • both the Committee Member requesting the change and the Advisor must approve the change before scheduling a defence

 

M.Sc. Thesis Presentation Announcements

  • M.Sc. Thesis Presentation Announcements MUST be circulated at least 10-working days prior to the presentation (weekends and holidays do not count in the 10-working day time-frame).

 

The M.Sc. Thesis Presentation

  • is an oral examination open to the public
  • must be held during the regular hours of operation of the University
  • Approximate Timeline
    • CHAIR: 
      2-minute introduction of the Examining Committee & Student
    • STUDENT: 
      30-35 oral presentation of prominent points of their thesis
    • EXAMINING COMMITTEE: 
      Up to 90-minutes Q&A 
  • After the Q&A,  the Chair will ask everyone to leave room, including the student, to allow the Examining Committee to discuss the presentation and make their decision as whether the student passes or fails the Thesis Presentation
  •  After the Decision is Made, the Chair asks the student back into the room to hear the Examining Committee's comments and decisions.

 

M.Sc. Thesis Presentation: Student

  • Students must be physically present at their defence.
  • Students must be registered as a graduate student of the University of Manitoba at their defence
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:   It is up to the student to ensure that he / she holds the current and correct documents to be an enrolled student in Canada at the time of the Presentation

 

 

 

FINAL PAPERWORK & THESIS SUBMISSION 

 

 


 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS 

A minimum of 18-Credit Hours, as designated below, are required for graduation in the Master of Science program for Biomedical Engineering. 

  • Additional course/credit hour requirements:  The Advisor and/or the Advisory Committee and/or Department may require that the student enroll-in and sucessfully complete additional credit hours (up to 24-hours in total within the BME M.Sc. program).  The student may be asked to take a variety of additional courses to add to or firm up background knowlege. 
    • In these cases (extra courses), if undergraduate courses must be taken these undergraduate courses including credit-hours might NOT count towards the student's degree however, these course grades are included in the GPA calculation and affects scholarships and funding.
    • In these cases (extra courses)
      • If a reading course is needed the reading course cannot be used to conduct research or to work at an off-site facility.
      • The Reading Course MUST be approved by the BME Executive Committee.
      • If the reading course is approved by the BME Executive Committee the course must be held at the Graduate Level the course and credit hours may be used towards the student's degree. 

 

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  1. PRE-REQUISITE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (Prior to Admissions)
    The following courses are required in the student's background prior to Admissions in the BME Graduate Program
    1. Math 1210  (Linear  Algebra),  Math  1510  (Calculus  1), or PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) (or their equivalent)
    2. If the student does not have any of these courses in his/her background he/she must succesfully complete this requirement prior to Admissions
      1. The Student may enroll in course requirement in the Occasional Student Program
  2. CORE COMPETENCY COURSES (5-Credit Hours Required)
    5 Credit-Hours are required from the following Core Courses.  Life Science Students must take Engineering based Core Courses and Engineering Students must take Life Science base Core Courses.

    1. BME7012 -- Foundation of Physiology (2 CrHr)
    2. BME7014 – Functional Anatomy (2 CrHr)
    3. BME7016 – Introduction to Biochemistry (1 CrHr)
    4. BME7022 – Biomedical Devices (2 CrHr)
    5. BME7024 – Engineering Electromagnetics (2 CrHr)
    6. BME7026 – Basics of Biological Signal Analysis (2 CrHr)
    7. BME7028 -- Basics of Biomechanics (2 CrHr)
    8. EXEMPTION REQUEST:  In the event in which a student has previous taken and successfully completed courses similar to our our core courses, the student might be exempted from taking the equivalent core courses and allowed to fulfill the 18-credit hours with other course
      1. A recommendation may be made by the Student's Advisor
      2. The recommendation must be approved by the Chairs of the Curriculum and Program Committees
  3. ETHICS ( 1-Credit Hour Required)
    The goal of this course is to introduce the ethical issues encountered in biomedical research.

    1. Historical Examples of unethical biomedical research
    2. Vulnerable Circumstances, the use of language
    3. Inappropriate inclusion or exclusion criteria
    4. Long-term safety
    5. Conflict of Interest
  4. RESEARCH COURSES (12-Credit Hours Required)

    1. Courses are determined by the Academic Advisor and Co-Advisor and approved by the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.
    2. Courses are determined by the Student's Area of Research and based on the suggestions of the student's Advisory Committee.

      Areas of concentration are:

      1. Engineering
      2. Department of Psychology and Pathophysiology
      3. Science and Health Sciences
    3. A maximum of 6-credit hours may be taken at the 4000 level; BME students may NOT take any courses at the 3000 level for credit.
    4. The remaining 6-credit hours must be taken at the 7000 level or higher
  5. BME SEMINARS (Attendance Required -- Pass/Fail, No Credit Hours)
    1. ATTENDANCE REQUIRED:  All BME Students, regardless of program, are required to attend BME Seminars.  These seminars are held usually every 2-weeks but may be held at more frequent or less frequent intervals. http://umanitoba.ca/biomedical_engineering/courses/bme_seminars.html 
    2. NO CREDIT HOURS are recorded for this course.
    3. FINAL GRADE:  BME Seminars are graded as Pass / Fail and the Department will submit the student's final grade to the Registrar's Office when the student makes his/her final thesis presentation
    4. COURSE REGISTRATION:  The student registers for the the "BME SEMINAR:  BME 7000" course only once when the student is in his/her final year and is about to defend his / her final thesis
  6. BME 7010 (6-Credit Hours)
    1. This courses was offered to students prior to September 2014
    2. Qualified as 4-modules or 6-credit hours
    3. This course is no longer offered

 

 


 

BME SEMINAR PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT

All BME students are required to make an approximately half-hour presentation of their research at a BME Seminar.  Please speak to Dr. Ji Hyun Ko  (Ji.Ko@med.umanitoba.ca) and your Professor for details. 

You may view past and present BME seminars here http://umanitoba.ca/biomedical_engineering/courses/bme_seminars.html  

 

 


  

UNIVERSITY & PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS & REQUIREMENTS      

Other Requirements include

  1. Attendance of BME Seminars
  2. Presentation at the BME Seminars
  3. Academic Advisor's Requirements
  4. Successful completion of the the Academic Integrity Tutorial within your initial term
  5. Submission of qualifying Progress Reports at least annually
  6. Submission of the Advisor Student Guidelines  
  7. Adherance to Copyright and Plagiarism regulations
  8. Adhearance to the Codes and Conduct of the University  
  9. et. al.

 

 


 

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ACADEMIC GUIDELINES/CALENDAR 

BME SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDELINES 

CODE OF CONDUCT -- Plagiarism

COMPUTER ACCOUNTS 

 

 COURSES

  1. Current Course Offerings
  2. Core Course Descriptions

 

PROGRAMS

  1. Ph.D. 
  2. M.Sc.
  3. COURSE CATEGORY (AX,AU,OS)
  4. SUMMER REGISTRATION
    (mandatory in most cases)

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  1. Progress Reports (Mandatory)
  2. ASG: Advisor Student Guideline
  3. BME Seminar (Mandatory)
  4. Core Courses
  5. Leaves of Absence
  6. FAILED GRADES
    1. What to do
    2. Grade Appeals
    3. Student Advocacy
  7. Transfer Credits
  8. Transfer: M.Sc to Ph.D.
  9. Revert: Ph.D. to M.Sc.
  10. CHANGE REQUESTS
    Advisor / Committee
  11. Grades: CO, IP, Incomplete
  12. Voluntary Withdrawal
  13. Authorized Withdrawal

 

RESEARCH INTEGRITY

 

RESEARCH ETHICS & COMPLIANCE

  1. Bannatyne Campus
  2. Ft. Garry Campus 

 

EVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY

 

FUNDING

  1. AWARDS GENERAL INFO
  2. TRAVEL AWARD
  3. MHRC  
  4. NSERC
  5. UMGF
  6. IGSS
  7. IGSES (Activate)
    You must also register for the Academic Year
  8. CENTRE ON AGING
  9. ALZHEIMER SOCIETY MANITOBA 
  10. OFFICE OF RESEARCH SERVICES
    1.  Instiutional
    2.  External
    3.  Internal
  11. Faculty Funding   
  12. External Funding
  13. FGS Database  
  14. JOBS 
    1. BME Job Postings/Student Job Recruitment
    2. On-Campus Jobs   
    3. WORKING OFF-CAMPUS: UofM Int'l Centre for Students

 

TUITION & FEES   

  1. Master
    1. Full-Time
    2. Part-Time
  2. Ph.D.
  3. Other Fees
    1. Compulsory Fees
    2. Incidental Fees 
    3. Cost of Living Expenses
  4. Tuition Installment Plan
    (International Students Only)

 

GRADUATION / CONVOCATION

  1. THESIS DEADLINES
  2. Thesis Info
  3. Thesis Guidelines
  4. Thesis Checklist
  5. Thesis Online Submission
  6. THESIS SAMPLES
    1. Title Page
    2. Table of Contents
  7. Plageriarims Software: iThenticate
  8. ECE Graduand Info
  9. CONVOCATION!

 


UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA SERVICES

 

FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES  

  1. FGS: Thesis Guideline & Forms
  2. Thesis Info
  3. Important Dates
  4. FORMS
  5. WORKSHOPS

 

REGISTRAR'S OFFICE   

  1. Transcripts
  2. Important Dates
  3. Convocation
  4. FORMS

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CTR 

  1. International Centre for Students (ICS)
  2. ICS Post-Secondary Handbook
  3. Study Permit Info
  4. FORMS

 

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES 

 

STUDENT ADVOCACY 

 

STUDENT GROUPS

  1. UMGSA  
    1. Travel Grant
    2. Emergency Grant
    3. Special Projects Grant
    4. Student Award
    5. Teaching Award
  2. UMSU  
    1. Tax Info
    2. Health/Dental Benefits
  3. UMBMES

 


CIC: CITIZENSHIP & IMMIGRATION CANADA  

  1. CIC web site  
  2. VISA to Study in Canada  
  3. RE-NEW/EXTEND Study Visa 
  4. Student Work Permit  
  5. Post-Graduate Work Permit  
  6. Letters of Invitation  
  7. FORMS & GUIDES   

  


CONFERENCE PAPERS & THESIS HELP

 

UofM Writing Style: Papers, Thesis, etc.

  1. APA Style
  2. APA Basic Style Guide
  3. APA Style Tutorial

 

Help from other universities

  1. Graduate Student Writing Kit
  2. Thesis Proposal
    1. How to write a thesis proposal
    2. Successful thesis proposals
    3. Components of a thesis proposal
    4. M.Sc. Thesis Proposal
    5. Ph.D. Thesis Proposal
      1. Guideline 01
      2. Guideline 02
  3. Research Papers:
    1. Lit. Reviews
      1. Lit. Reviews
      2. Example 01
      3. Example 02
    2. Abstracts
      1. Writing an Abstract
      2. Abstract Presentations
      3. Examples
    3. Effective Outlines
    4. Citing References
      1. APA Style