Professors and researchers
Our faculty members are decorated professors and researchers from many faculties and departments across the University of Manitoba, including engineering, medicine, computer science, physics, kinesiology, radiology, pharmacology, neuroscience/neurosurgery, pathophysiology, chemistry, psychology, dentistry, anatomy/cell sciences, oncology and occupational therapy.
Many of our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their respective research areas.
Research, labs and facilities
The biomedical engineering program conducts award-winning research in Alzheimer’s, dementia, nuclear medicine, infectious disease, computational biomechanics, prosthetics, ehealth/mobile networks, high-resolution imaging, instrumentation and macro/nanoencapsulation of bioactive agents. Our program’s faculty and students have also been recognized for their work with pharmacology, spectrochemical imaging, artificial intelligence, immersive simulators, statistics, epilepsy/sleep and spinal neuronal networks.
Our labs and research facilities are located on the university’s Fort Garry campus and other locations within the university’s affiliated hospitals across Manitoba.
Funding and awards
Funding and awards are available for qualifying Canadian and international students.
Expected duration: 4 years
Tuition and fees: Tuition fees are charged for terms one and two and terms four and five. A continuing fee is paid for term three, term six and each subsequent term. (Refer to Graduate tuition and fees.)
The PhD in Biomedical Engineering consists of coursework and a substantial research component. A minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000 level or higher is required. Students from engineering backgrounds normally have to take anatomy and physiology. Students from science backgrounds should not enroll in anatomy and physiology. In addition, all biomedical engineering PhD students are required to attend seminars, in which students present their research to, and learn from, their colleagues in the program.
In addition to coursework, students must present, submit and defend a comprehensive thesis that constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the field of study.
Sample course offerings
- BME 7012: Foundation of Physiology
- BME 7022: Biomedical Instrumentation
- BME 7024: Basics of Electromagnetic
- BME 7026: Basics of Biological Signal Analysis
- BME 7028: Basics of Biomechanics
- BME 7040: Biomedical Ethics
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Qualification for admission to the PhD in Biomedical Engineering program is contingent on first receiving tentative acceptance from a faculty advisor who will accept you into their research group.
To qualify for admission to the PhD in Biomedical Engineering program, you must normally have completed a master's-level degree from a faculty of engineering, health sciences or science or a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from a recognized university.
In addition, the following pre-requisite courses are required prior to an offer of admission:
- MATH 1210: Linear Algebra
- MATH 1510: Calculus 01
- PHYS 1050: Physics 01
Individual research groups and programs may require additional degrees, credentials, pre-requisites and/or more specific degree requirements.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
Before submitting an application for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, you must first find a faculty advisor who will accept you into their research group. Be sure to follow the complete instructions for gaining tentative acceptance from an advisor provided on the biomedical engineering page.
The PhD in Biomedical Engineering accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer admission. Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed by the admissions committee:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Uploaded copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application)
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
Please note: Students applying directly from a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program must hold a passing grade in a minimum of 18 credit hours of courses at the 7000 level.
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.