About the Master’s (thesis) Program

The Biological and Biomedical Engineering Master’s program focuses on the interdisciplinary application of methods, paradigms, technologies, and devices from engineering and the natural sciences to problems in biology, medicine, and the life sciences. Its unique multidisciplinary environment takes advantage of research collaborations between staff in the Faculties of Medicine & Health Sciences, Engineering, and Science. BBME’s internationally-renowned staff provide frequent and stimulating interactions with physicians, scientists, and the biomedical industry.

Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or medicine with a strong emphasis on mathematics and the physical sciences, and some exposure to the life sciences (physiology, cell biology or molecular biology).

BBME offers thesis-based M.Sc. degrees that span broad themes, including: biomodelling, biosignal processing, medical imaging, nanotechnology, artificial cells and organs, probiotics, bioinformatics, orthopaedics, biological materials and mechanobiology, motor proteins and the cytoskeleton, biosensors and biological therapeutics, biological networks, and computational biology. Through courses and thesis research, this program will prepare students for careers in industry, academia, hospitals and government and provide a solid basis for PhD studies.

Prior to Fall 2023, the BBME thesis-based Master's degree was known as M.Eng.

Doctoral Fast-track

The BBME Graduate Program permits some thesis Master’s students to proceed directly to the PhD Program after completion of Master's course work without having to complete a Master’s thesis. This arrangement is called Fast-Tracking and is used when a student has performed well in the course work, has demonstrated research/creative potential, and has a Master’s research project that can be extended to a PhD-level project. Fast-Tracking may be attempted within the first 18 months in the thesis-based Master’s program.

Who Can Apply?

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How to Apply?

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How long does it take to complete?

Master's programs require a minimum residency of three complete terms. Each term after completion of the required residency is considered an additional session at reduced fees.
The typical time spent to complete our thesis-based Master’s degree is two to two-and-a-half calendar years.


If you have questions, please contact us at info.bbme [at] mcgill.ca.

Additional information for graduate students can be found on the GPS website: www.mcgill.ca/gps

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