Master's Program (MEng)

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. With its unique multidisciplinary environment, and taking advantage of research collaborations between staff in the Faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering, BBME offers thesis-based M.Eng. degree 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. BBME’s internationally-renowned staff provide frequent and stimulating interactions with physicians, scientists, and the biomedical industry. 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. 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).

For further details about the program, see Current Students

Doctoral Fast-track

The BBME Graduate Program permits some Master’s students to proceed directly to the PhD Program after completion of MEng 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 Master's program.

Who Can Apply?

The BBME program prides itself on the diversity of the students – hailing from all areas of engineering and from the physical, chemical and life sciences and medicine – who choose to pursue graduate degrees with us.

Applicants with an undergraduate engineering degree should have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.3 out of 4, and must have taken a university-level general life-science course.  Applicants who are not coming from an engineering background must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants should have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.3 out of 4, or the equivalent, in their undergraduate program.
  • Applicants must have taken at least four courses (12 credits) of university-level quantitative courses of which at least 2 must be Math:
    • Math prerequisites may include statistical, numerical and computational methods (but not programming, for example). See list of appropriate McGill courses.
    • Quantitative courses may include those from physics, chemistry, engineering, computer-science, medical-physics, and quantitative life-science courses, and other courses that apply math to different fields.
  • Applicants must have taken at least four courses (12 credits) of university-level natural-science courses of which at least 1 must be a general life-science course:
    • Natural-science courses include courses such as biology, physiology, anatomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer-science, medical-physics, etc.
    • The required general life-science course can be in physiology, cell biology, molecular biology or a similar area. See list of appropriate McGill courses.
    • For Québec applicants, CÉGEP-level courses are not considered university-level courses and do not qualify as pre-requisites.

Applicants lacking some pre-requisites (at most two prerequisites, including the life-science requirement) may be accepted to the program on the condition that they make up the deficits in the first year of their graduate program. Since these courses will be at the undergraduate level, they will not count toward the course requirements of their graduate program.  Course equivalencies can be searched at this link:  Course Equivalency | Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing - McGill University

Language Requirements

Non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, or who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, must submit documented proof of competency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A total score of at least 100 on the Internet-based test with a minimum score of 20 in each section. A minimum score of 600 is required for the paper-based test; or
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a band score of 7.0 or greater (Academic module).
  • The examinations must have been taken no more than two years prior to the application date. See the GPS website for English Language Proficiency and for further details about submitting test scores.
  • GRE is NOT required.

Please note that we cannot prescreen applicants over the phone or e-mail. You need to formally apply in order for us to objectively evaluate the entirety of your application.

How to Apply?

See How to Apply in the left navigation menu.

How long does it take to complete?

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


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

Additional information for graduate students can be found on the GPS website:

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