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Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary


Students in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program are interested in cutting-edge, multidisciplinary biomedical research. The BME Graduate Program enables graduate students to undertake MEng (Thesis), MSc, or PhD programs that intersect the fields of engineering, kinesiology, medicine, science and veterinary medicine.

The BME Graduate Program is jointly coordinated by the Schulich School of Engineering, Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Kinesiology, with additional participating faculty members from the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine. The BME Graduate Program supports the University of Calgary’s Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering Research Strategy.  By coordinating and consolidating complementary research and teaching programs across the University of Calgary and linking with health care facilities, the BME Graduate Program forms an integral part of a Canadian centre of excellence in BME graduate education and research.

The unique, multi-disciplinary, design of this program means our trainees have access to cutting edge research laboratories and equipment.

The BME Graduate Program was approved by The University of Calgary Board of Governors in 1997. It was initially funded by a three-year Whitaker Foundation Special Opportunity Award, part of a joint proposal with the University of Alberta. Provincially based activities continue to this day and are highlighted by the now University of Calgary-led Alberta BME Conference. This annual meeting now includes participation from the University of Lethbridge, as well as other western Canadian BME programs. The meeting attracts over 160 individuals and has been held every year since 2000 in Banff, Alberta.

While the BME Graduate Program is an established program supporting a diverse research community, it continues to evolve in response to new opportunities and changing needs of students and the biomedical community in Alberta. It is a key component of The University of Calgary’s Eyes High vision and supports both the university’s academic and research plans, particularly the strategic research theme of Engineering Healthcare Solutions.


Areas of Biomedical Engineering

  • bioelectricity
  • biomechanics
  • cell and tissue engineering (or biomaterials)
  • imaging
  • bioinstrumentation
  • clinical engineering
  • rehabilitation engineering

The University of Calgary is recognized as a leader in the first four areas, and is actively growing expertise in bioinstrumentation. Bioelectricity, biomechanics, cell and tissue engineering (biomaterials) and imaging represent the current four themes of the BME Graduate Program.

BME research at the University of Calgary is carried out in numerous locations throughout engineering, kinesiology, medicine, science, and veterinary medicine. BME active university and hospital-based research centers and institutes include, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology, the Experimental Imaging Centre, the Human Performance Laboratory, the Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility, the Seaman Family MR Research Centre, and the Sports Medicine Centre.

Industry Demand for Biomedical Engineering Graduates

In the United States, the number of biomedical engineering jobs is expected to grow twice as fast as the average rate of job growth for all industries. In Alberta, half of the 130 bioindustry companies expect significant growth in the next few years. An additional 1,500 new positions are expected to be added to the 4,500 workers already directly employed in this sector. More importantly, 37 percent of current employees have an MSc or PhD degree, highlighting the need for advanced education and research training in this field.

Graduate Admission and Application Procedure
In order to be admitted into the biomedical engineering graduate program at the University of Calgary, students must meet the minimum admission requirements set out by both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the biomedical engineering graduate program. Admission Requirements | Application Procedure | Approved Supervisors

Courses and Program Requirements
Current course offerings can be found through the University of Calgary Student Centre. Note that not all courses are offered each year. All courses carrying the BMEN designation are normally only available for students registered in the BME Graduate Program. Find out more | Link to Core Courses | Link to Elective Courses | Seminar Course Requirement

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Association
  The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Association (BMEG) aims to provide social and academic opportunities to biomedical engineering graduate students and connections to network with other students, faculty, and staff. By fostering a sense of belonging the association hopes to broaden each student's understanding of current research, and develop a close-knit community of students. BMEG Association Website