Is Biomedical Engineering for you?
The Biomedical Engineering department prides itself on the diversity of it students – hailing from all areas of engineering and from the physical, chemical and life sciences – and their passion and drive. Students can do experimental or theoretical research or a combination of both, and there are possibilities for research in hospitals and in the field.
The research in the department covers many of the areas of biomedical engineering and is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Strong links have been built across the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Engineering, as well as with the various teaching hospitals affiliated with McGill University. Our faculty have also built national and international collaborations, with opportunities for student exchanges across the world.
The majority of students who enroll in biomedical engineering graduate studies were not formally trained as biomedical engineers, but were attracted by their interest in the field and the excitement of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Read our student testimonials.
Tradition and Excellence
The McGill biomedical engineering program was founded more than 20 years ago and is recognized as one of the top graduate training programs in Canada. The quality of our degree is recognized in industry and academic circles and the calibre of the students is among the highest.
Recruitment awards valued at $10K/year for 2 years and 3 years for MEng and PhD students, respectively, are available in fall for outstanding students. See recruitment awards tab for more info.
The research in our department is extraordinarily broad, as outlined on the research page and on the faculty pages. The research in the department is very well funded and the individual faculty are recognized national and international leaders in their field.
Specialized Training Programs
In recent years, many specialized training programs have blossomed at McGill. Accessibility of the programs is often linked to supervisor involvement, although this may vary from case to case. Supervisors in the department are involved in the following programs:
- NSERC CREATE training program in Neuroengineering. See http://www.neuroengineering.ca
- NSERC CREATE Training program on Integrated Sensor Systems. See http://www.mcgill.ca/miam/iss/
- NSERC CREATE Training program in Astrobiology. See http://create-astrobiology.mcgill.ca/
- NSERC CREATE Training program on Bionanomachines. See http://bionano.ca/
- NSERC CREATE Training program on Medical Image Analysis. See http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/create-mia
- CIHR Training program in Systems Biology. See http://www.mcgill.ca/osb/
Please note that some programs offer recruitment awards as outined on their web pages.
Investigators in the department develop and house cutting-edge equipment in their labs. In addition, students will have access to cutting edge technologies available at many of the McGill facilities, notably including:
- McGill Nanotools microfab for micro and nanofabrication work
- The McConnell Brain Imaging Centre with advanced imaging equipment including MRI, PET, MEG, Cyclotron, etc.
- The McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre for genomic and proteomic sample analysis.
- Core facilities for imaging and other analysis are available via the Life Science Complex Core, the Facility for Electron Microscopy Research, and many others.
The BME Department and the research advisors are well funded, allowing them to provide financial support to the great majority of graduate students. All applicants to Master and PhD studies are eligible for the departmental fellowships. Students in the department can receive support from departmental fellowships, their advisors, university internal fellowships or external fellowships.
Quality of Life
Montreal is the only bilingual city in North America and is located in the French-speaking province of Quebec. Montreal is a vibrant multicultural city with great food and offers many opportunities. For more information see where we live.