Expected Time to Graduation: 4 years (approximate)
TUITION & FEES
|MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT:
||6 Year (Full-time and Part-time)
7 Years if admitted & began
program PRIOR TO Fall 2013
- The advisor must
- hold a Ph.D. degree
- be a member of the BME program in order to supervise a student.
- be identified at the time of admission
- The advisor (who must be a 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 and within 6 months if the student has transferred from a M.Sc.
- Academic Advisors must plan, disscuss, and approve the student's PROGRAM OF STUDY
CO-Advisor: A Co-Advisor is required if the Academic Advisor
- is not a member of the Faculty of Engineering
- is not a Core member of BME
- 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
- The committee must consist of the Advisor plus
- A minimum of two additional members who are members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS).
- At least two members of the advisory committee must be members of the BME program.
- In addition to the advisor, at least one member must be from the same home-faculty as the advisor (internal), while one member must be from a home-faculty that is different from that of the advisor (external).
- At least one member of the committee must be from the Faculty of Engineering. 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. However, given the multi-disciplinary nature of the program, the inclusion of a co-advisor is strongly recommended. 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.
- The co-advisor is extra to the minimum number of the advisory committee as described above.
Committee Responsibilities Include:
- Approval of the student's
- Program of Study
- Thesis Proposal
- Candidacy Exam
- General supervision over the student’s work throughout the Ph.D. program
- Progress Reports and Progress Meetings
- 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.
- If there is evidence of unsatisfactory performance, the student may be required to withdraw by FGS
All members should be deemed qualified by the Program Director and be willing to serve.
Internal External Committee Member
These are members of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies
THESIS PROPOSAL PRESENTATION
- Submission / Distribution to Advisory Committee: Within the first 12-months after registration into the Ph.D. program
- Finalized & Approved: Within the first 18-months after registration into the Ph.D. program
- The student shall submit a 3-page thesis proposal, outlining the nature, and scope of the work (including a brief introduction, methods and anticipated outcomes) to be undertaken to his/her advisor/co-advisor under their mentorship.
- The advisory committee will read the proposal, meet with student and may request a formal presentation by the student, and give their comments to the students’ supervisor.
- If the proposal is found satisfactory by the committee, the advisor will recommend its acceptance to the student’s advisory committee to seek approval; otherwise, the student has one month to revise the proposal and resubmit. The thesis proposal must be approved by the advisory committee.
CANDIDACY EXAM -- Completion: Approximately 1-year from approval of Thesis Proposal
Approximately one year after the approval of the Thesis Proposal, and normally between 22-26 months from the start of the program, the student must sit the Candidacy Exam.
The following TWO-COMPONENT EXAM process will be followed.
- WRITTEN COMPONENT
- The student is required to write a scientific manuscript on a related to, but different topic to the thesis proposal, of approximately 6,000-8,000 words, that follows the format of a recognised peer-reviewed journal in this field. The manuscript should provide (at a minimum):
- INTRODUCTION to the related but different work that the student is carrying out, with extensive references supporting the material
- METHODS & MATERIALS used to carry out the study / project
- RESULTS obtained and a detailed analysis thereof
- DISCUSSION that fully demonstrates the significance and feasibility of this research
- The paper must be provided to the members of the committee for review at least 3 weeks prior to the oral exam
- Publication of the paper following a successful Candidacy exam is encouraged
- The committee members should review the manuscript as if they were reviewing a submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The review should consider style, scientific content and grammar in order to determine whether the student is able to research, construct and write a scientific paper
- If the majority of the committee feels that the paper is acceptable for publication with only minor revisions, the student may proceed to the oral exam
- ORAL COMPONENT
- A 20-30 minute presentation of the paper followed by oral questioning by the committee to determine whether the student has:
- a broad understanding of the factual and conceptual knowledge central to the discipline within which the research is focused
- an ability to think creatively and critically about questions related to their area of research
- an awareness and appreciation of the significance of new discoveries in their area of research and how their own research complements this
- full understanding of key assumptions and technical complexities of relevant research methods (e.g., analytical, experimental, observational, statistical) as applicable to their research
- Material/concepts which have been identified in the manuscript, as well as in any papers referenced (or which should have been referenced) in the manuscript, are examinable
- Following the question period, the committee will deliberate and if the majority of the committee feels that the student has met the criteria for both the written and oral components of this examination, the student shall pass
- EXAMINING COMMITTEE
- Advisory Committee: The student's Advisory Committee
- External Member: An ADDITIONAL External Member
- A person who has relevant expertise
- Has not served on the student’s advisory committee
- Has no conflicts of interest in serving as the external examiner
- Chairperson: An Independent Chair -- Oversee's the Examination
- May be appointed by the Student's Academic Advisor
- Approved by the BME Program Director or the Chair of the BME Admissions Committee
- May be External or Internal to the University
- May be Internal to the Academic Advisor's home Department
- The Chair does not question the student.
- The Chair is advisory and non-voting in the student's defence
- STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
After the establishment of a Chairperson the student must send the Chair the following information
- Biography: This allows the the Chair to properly introduce the student
- The Abstract or full Thesis Proposal (via email is OK in most cases. Some professors prefer a hard-copy, please send whatever format they desire)
- The names of your Committee Members and your Academic Advisor
FINAL PH.D. ORAL INFORMATION
(The following information is from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Guidelines.)
For the latest Academic Guideline information please always check the Guidelines at http://crscalprod1.cc.umanitoba.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?%20%20%20%20pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=240&chapterid=2302&loaduseredits=False )
Information regarding the Ph.D. Examining Committee including their duties may be found here http://crscalprod1.cc.umanitoba.ca/Catalog/ViewCatalog.aspx?pageid=viewcatalog&catalogid=240&chapterid=2302&topicgroupid=14418&loaduseredits=False
- At least 3 internal thesis examiners are recommended on the Appointment of Examiner's form and approved by FGS
- one member must hold a primary appointment within the unit
- one member must hold NO appointment within the unit
- ALL internal examiners must be members of the UofM Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Normally, internal examiners are members of the candidate’s advisory committee, if not, approval must be obtained from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
- EXTERNAL EXAMINER
If any of the recommended examiners does not meet the following criteria, specified below, a detailed explanation should be included with the rationale for the recommendation.
The candidate’s advisor/co-advisor, in consultation with the advisory committee, will recommend the names of 3 distinguished scholars from outside the University of Manitoba with particular experience in the field of the thesis research to serve as the external examiner (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/forms/index.html).
The recommendations should include
- a brief CV of each of the prospective external examiners
- a short statement detailing the rationale behind the recommendations
- the prospective external examiners’ qualifications, including
- a current list of his/her scholarly publications
- a current list of his/her research activities
- their experience with graduate student education (important)
The external examiner should:
- hold the rank of Associate Professor, Full Professor, Senior Scholar or Emeritus Professor (or the equivalent if outside North America) at a university, or have comparable expertise and standing if not a faculty member at a university
- have an established reputation in the area of the thesis research and be able to judge whether the thesis would be acceptable at an institution comparable to the University of Manitoba; and
- have significant recent experience with the supervision and/or examination of Ph.D. students
The external examiner should not:
The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies will choose the external examiner from the list provided by the candidate’s advisor/co-advisor and will make the formal invitation to the external examiner. The Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies shall ensure the anonymity of the external examiner until it has been determined that the student can proceed to oral defence.
- have acted as an external examiner for the same Ph.D. supervisor within the previous two years;
- have been associated with the candidate at any time or in any significant way in the past five years, present or reasonably foreseeable future (advisor/co-advisor, colleague, teacher, co-author of published material, family member, etc.);
- or be associated with the candidate’s advisor/co-advisor in any of the following ways:
- former student;
- research advisor/co-advisor;
- research collaborator within the last five years;
- co-author of published material within the last five years.
- have had a significant academic disagreement with the candidate, the advisor/co-advisor or any member of the advisory committee.
- CHANGES TO AN ESTABLISH COMMITTEE
- APPROVAL REQUIRED -- The Dean of Graduate Studies must also approve changes in the membership of the examining committee.
- NO CHANGES may be made in committee member of an Examining Committee after the thesis is distributed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to the committee for examination.
THESIS REVIEW -- THE PROCESS
BEFORE submitting your Final Oral Exam Thesis, ideally, you should meet with your Advisory Committee one last time for comments and feedback. In any case, you MUST obtain the approval of your Adcademic Advisor BEFORE submitting your Final Oral Exam Thesis to the THESIS PORTAL.
After allowing your Academic Advisor to review and comment on your Final Oral Exam Thesis and receiving his/her approval...
- Submit your Final Oral Exam Thesis to the THESIS PORTAL
- FGS will quickly review the Thesis for consistancy -- ~1 - 2 Days
- During this review your Academic Advisor will be asked to submit the names for 3 potential External Examiners
- A notification of receipt will be sent to the Graduate Student Advisor
After submitting your Final Oral Exam Thesis to the THESIS PORTAL. Neither you nor your Academic Advisor may contact Internal Committee members until after they return their reviews on your Thesis to FGS. Violation of this will cause delays in your Final Oral Exam.
- INTERNAL EXAMINERS
- FGS will distribute the Final Oral Exam Thesis to your Internal Examiners (Advisory Committee members)
- They have about 3-8-weeks to review your thesis, make comments, and rate it. Depending on the rating and your Academic Advisor, if you pass, you may be asked to make some corrections prior to distributing to the External Examiner.
- CATEGORY (RATING):
- The thesis represents a distinct contribution to the candidate’s field of research and is acceptable as it stands. Minor revisions to content, structure, or writing style may be required. The thesis may proceed to external distribution;
- The thesis has merit and makes a contribution to the candidate’s field; however, there are research-related concerns that have the potential to be addressed in the oral defence. The structure and writing style are acceptable or require some minor revision. The thesis may proceed to external distribution;
- The thesis has some merit, but is not acceptable in its current state and requires revisions to one or more of its core components, such as research content, structure or writing style. The thesis should not proceed to external distribution;
- The thesis is unacceptable with respect to its core components, such as research content, structure, and writing style. The thesis should not proceed to external distribution.
- CATEGORY MEANING:
- If none or one (1) (the dissenting voice) of the internal examiners fails the thesis (i.e. places it in categories 3 or 4 above), the thesis receives an internal pass and shall proceed to external distribution. The candidate’s advisor (and, if appropriate, co-advisor) may also wish to submit a report. Prior to external distribution, the candidate shall have the opportunity to incorporate changes suggested by the examining committee but not necessarily those of the dissenting voice. It is the joint responsibility of the advisor/co-advisor and student to provide all internal committee members with a copy of the revised thesis along with a written and detailed summary of all significant revisions made well in advance of the oral defence.
- If two (2) or more members of the internal examining committee fail the thesis (i.e. places the thesis in categories 3 or 4 above) then the thesis fails.
- If the thesis fails, the department/unit Head shall convene a meeting of the internal examining committee and the candidate’s advisor/co-advisor to decide how to bring the thesis to an acceptable scholarly standard for a second submission to the internal examining committee. In normal circumstances, this will involve additional scholarly work which the department/unit Head will describe, in writing, to the advisor/co-advisor, the candidate, and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
- If two (2) or more members of the internal examining committee fail the resubmitted thesis, this constitutes a second failure. In the case of a second failure, the candidate cannot proceed to external distribution, and the candidate will be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
- The awarding of a passing grade by an individual internal examiner does not preclude them from awarding a failing grade at a subsequent stage in the examination process. The performance of a student at the oral examination may reveal problems of comprehension or explanation, and the examining committee may require revisions be made to the written thesis to address these problems prior to granting its final approval.
- EXTERNAL EXAMINER
If you are allowed to proceed to distribute to the External Examiner
- You will be given a link to submit your thesis to FGS for External Examiner Review
- The External Examiner will be allow 3-8 weeks to review your Thesis and return his/her report to FGS.
- If the external examiner passes the thesis, the student can proceed to oral defence.
- If the external examiner fails the thesis, the department/unit Head shall convene a meeting of the internal examining committee and the student’s advisor/co-advisor to decide how to bring the thesis to an acceptable scholarly standard. In normal circumstances, this will involve additional scholarly work. The department/unit Head will provide a detailed written remediation plan to the advisor/co-advisor, the candidate, and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
- If the external examiner fails a resubmitted thesis, this constitutes a second failure and the candidate will be required to withdraw from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
- The awarding of a passing grade by an external examiner does not preclude them from awarding a failing grade at a subsequent stage in the examination process. The performance of a student at the oral examination may reveal problems of comprehension or explanation, and the external examiner may require revisions be made to the written thesis to address these problems prior to granting final approval.
SETTING UP YOUR PH.D. FINAL ORAL -- THE PROCESS
- POLLING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Speak to your Academic Advisor, either you or your Academic will poll your Examining Committee Members as to their availability
- The External Examiner may or may not participate further
- SEND DATE & TIME TO THE GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISOR
The Graduate Student Advisor will ...
- book the room
- send out announcements & upload info onto the University Calendar
- inform FGS
- FGS will send ALL paperwork to the Chairperson of the Final Oral
- The Chairperson is selected at random by FGS
FINAL PH.D. ORAL -- THE PROCESS
- ALL PH.D. STUDENTS MUST defend their Final Ph.D. Thesis.
- Students may not defend "at distance" (no Skype, teleconference, telephony, etc.). Students must be physically present at their Final Ph.D. Orals
- Students must be registered as a graduate student of the Univesity of Manitoba at the time of their Final Ph.D. Oral.
- For International Students this also means that your Study Visa must be up-to-date
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: It is up to the student to ensure that he / she holds the current and correct documents, as required by the IRCC, to be an enrolled student in Canada at the time of the Presentation
- POSSIBLE CONVOCATION DATES: In order to graduate by a Graduation/Convocation Period, plan to submit your thesis to M-Space by the FGS Ph.D. Submission Deadline ("Last day for receipt of by Graduate Studies of Thesis/Practica...") -- http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/media/Information_for_Graduands.pdf
- FINAL Ph.D. ORAL ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FGS: Final Ph.D. Oral announcements (e.g. presentation date) must be approved by FGS at least 15-working days prior to the Ph.D. Deadline for the Final Submission of Final Thesis to MSpace -- http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/media/Information_for_Graduands.pdf
- All Final Theses to MSpace must be Approved by your Adivsor and Examining Committee
- All corrections must be incorporated into the Final Thesis and approved by your Adivsor and Examining Committee
- ALL Internal Committee Members must be physically in attendance
- Should ONE Internal Committee Member require attendance at-distance, approval from FGS is required prior to presentation
- ALL Final Orals must take place during regular University business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Should there be a need to carry on a Ph.D. Oral after regular University business hours, approval from FGS is required prior to presentation
- EXTERNAL COMMITTEE MEMBER:
- May be physically in attendance
- In this case, the External's signature is required on the defence's Final Report
- May attend via virtual communications
- In this case, the External's signature is required on the defence's Final Report
- May send questions and decline from further defence participation
- In this case, nothing further is required of the External Member
- Need not send questions and decline from further defence participation
- In this case, nothing further is required of the External Member
CHECK YOUR THESIS -- COPYRIGHT CHECKS
- iTHENTICATE SOFTWARE: The University offer this software to you FREE-of-Charge to allow you to check for any copyright problems
- Before submitting your Thesis to MSpace please download and run your thesis through iThenticate to ensure the originality of your thesis
WRITING STYLE -- APA STYLE
When writing theses please remember that graduate students use the style recommended by the Faculty of Graduate Studies
- 12-credit hours required: Entrance from a recognized university and qualifying Master of Science program in Engineering, Science, and/or Medical (determined by Admissions Committee)
- 18-credit hours required: Direct Entry from an Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or equivalent -- determined by Admissions Committee)
- Additional credit hour requirements: The Advisor and/or the Advisory Committee may require that the student enroll-in and sucessfully complete additional credit hours (up to 24-hours in total within the BME Ph.D. program). The student may be asked to take a variety of additional courses to add to or firm up background knowlege.
- In these cases, if undergraduate courses must be taken these undergraduate courses including credit hours does NOT count towards the student's degree, but is included in the GPA calculation and affects scholarships and funding.
- In these cases, if a reading course is needed the reading course cannot be used to conduct research. If the reading course is approved by the BME Executive Committee the course and is held at the Graduate Level the course and credit hours may be used towards the student's degree.
- 24-credit hours required: BME MSc Students who do not hold an MSc and who are recommended for transfer to the BME Ph.D. program. Recommendations must be initiated by the student's Advisor and Advisory Committee and approved by the Department.
- Up to 48 credit hours of total coursework is allowed
- Courses should be at the 7000 level or higher
- Up to 6 credit hours may be taken at the 4000 level with permission of the Department and approval of the Advisor and Advsiory Committee
- 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
- Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1), or PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) (or their equivalent)
- If the student does not have any of these courses in his/her background he/she must succesfully complete this requirement prior to Admissions
- The Student may enroll in course requirement in the Occassional Student Program
- CORE 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.
- BME7012 -- Foundation of Physiology (2 CrHr)
- BME7014 – Functional Anatomy (2 CrHr)
- BME7016 – Introduction to Biochemistry (1 CrHr)
- BME7022 – Biomedical Devices (2 CrHr)
- BME7024 – Engineering Electromagnetics (2 CrHr)
- BME7026 – Basics of Biological Signal Analysis (2 CrHr)
- BME7028 -- Basics of Biomechanics (2 CrHr)
- EXEMPTION REQUEST: In a case in which a student has similar courses as our core courses, the student might be exempted from taking the equivalent core courses and allowed to fulfill the 12-credit hours with other courses.
- the course similarity is determined by the Advisor, Advisory Committee, and Chairs in Curriculum and Program
- the replacement course(s) is determined by the Advisor
- ETHICS ( 1-Credit Hour Required)
The goal of this course is to introduce the ethical issues encountered in biomedical research.
- Historical Examples of unethical biomedical research
- Vulnerable Circumstances, the use of language
- Inappropriate inclusion or exclusion criteria
- Long-term safety
- Conflict of Interest
- RESEARCH COURSES ( 6-12-Credit Hours Required depending on Ph.D. program)
- Program of Study:
- Must be recommended by the student Advisory Committee.
- Must be approved by the Chair of the Curriculum Committee
- Courses are determined by the Student's Area of Research.
Areas of concentration are:
- Department of Psychology and Pathophysiology
- Science and Health Sciences
- ALL courses must be taken at the 7000 level or higher
- BME SEMINARS (Required -- Pass/Fail, No Credit Hours)
All BME Students, regardless of program, are required to attend BME Seminars offered every 2-weeks.
- BME 7010 ( 6-Credit Hours)
- This courses was offered to students prior to September 2014
- Qualified as 4-modules or 6-credit hours
- This course is no longer offered
BME SEMINAR PARTICIPATION & ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT
All BME students are required to make an approximately half-hour presentation of their research at a BME Seminar. This is usuallly done in the second year of the student's program. For details regarding the BME seminar presentations please speak to Dr.Ji Hyun Ko (Ji.Ko@umanitoba.ca) and your Academic Advisor.
You may view past and present BME seminars here http://umanitoba.ca/biomedical_engineering/courses/bme_seminars.html
All BME students are expected to attend the approximately twice monthly BME Seminars. Students do NOT register in the BME Seminar until their final year in their program at which time a grade of PASS or FAIL is submitted.
Students who cannot attend, for whatever reason, MUST obtain permission from Dr.Ji Hyun Ko (Ji.Ko@umanitoba.ca) PRIOR to the absence.
EXTERNAL EXAMINER TRAVEL COMPENSATION
FGS will reimburse the unit/department 50% up to a maximum of $250 towards an external’s travel expenses to attend a PhD oral defence. If the student's Academic Advisor would like to take advantage of these funds, the Academic Advisor should submit the following to the FGS offices (Ms. Sarah Morin: Sarah.Morin@umanitoba.ca)
- Once all expenses have been paid by the unit/department, please provide FGS with copies of the receipts and paperwork:
- Travel Claim Form and/or Concur Report
including a copy of the GL report showing that the expenses have been paid.
- You may e-mail this information directly to Sarah.Morin@umanitoba.ca
- The email should also include a FOAP that you would like us to transfer funds to
(we’ll do a budget transfer from FGS to whichever FOAP you provide).
UNIVERSITY & PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
Other Requirements include
- Participation in GradCon
- Academic Advisor's Requirements
- Successful completion of the the Academic Integrity Tutorial within your initial term
- Submission of qualifying Progress Reports at least annually
- Submission of the Advisor Student Guidelines
- Adherance to Copyright and Plagiarism regulations
- Adhearance to the Codes and Conduct of the University
- UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INTEGRITY
- University Plagiarism Software: iThenticate
- et. al.
WRITING YOUR THESIS
After your thesis proposal is approved you may begin writing your thesis. It is important that you consult and work closely with your Academic Advisor and Advisory Committee members when developing your thesis.
WHAT KNOWLEDGE & IDEAS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED ON YOUR TOPIC & WHAT ARE THEIR STRENGTHS
THESIS OUTLINE (Organizational Tool)
The outline gives an overview of the main points of your thesis. It clarifies the structure of your thesis and helps you find the correct focus for your work. The outline can also be used in supervision sessions, especially in the beginning. You might find that you need to restructure your thesis. Working on your outline can then be a good way of making sense of the necessary changes. A good outline shows how the different parts relate to each other, and is a useful guide for the reader. http://sokogskriv.no/en/writing/structure/structuring-a-thesis/#13_Outline
What is the purpose of a thesis outline
The thesis outline is the blueprint of your thesis and helps you in organizing your material, arguments, research, conclusions, etc. An outline makes it earsier for most students to gather and organize their material and write their thesis.
SAMPLE: Thesis Outline
ELEMENTS OF THE THESIS
- TITLE PAGE (SAMPLE)
- TABLE OF CONTENTS (SAMPLE)
- THESIS ABSTRACT
- What is the purpose of an Abstract
An Abstract is the brief summary of your research allowing the reader to quick determine your paper's purpose. It should be a concise summary of key points of your research and should summarize your research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions.
- What are the elements of a thesis Abstract
- What is the overall purpose of the study -- What is being addressed
- Explain your research methods
- Describe your results
- Give your conculsion and recommendations
- MAIN PAPER
State what you are trying to prove / disprove
- THESIS STATEMENT
A thesis statement focuses your ideas into one or two sentences. It should present the topic of your paper and also make a comment about your position in relation to the topic. Your thesis statement should tell your reader what the paper is about and also help guide your writing and keep your argument focused.
The body of your thesis should show that your argument/critique/analysis is moving in a certain direction (the direction outlined in your introduction)
CITING INFORMATION -- APA STYLE
APA STYLE -- USED IN WRITING THESES