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 and be a member of the BME program in order to supervise a student. The student must have an advisor 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
- 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
- Submission 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
- 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 REQUIREMENT
All BME students are required to make an approximately half-hour presentation of their research at a BME Seminar. Please speak to Dr. Chase Figley (Chase.Figley@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
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 Plargiarism regulations
- Adhearance to the Codes and Conduct of the University
- UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INTEGRITY
- University Plagiarism Software: iThenticate
- et. al.