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Degree Requirements

Students can select to enter the Doctoral program (PhD, full-time), Master of Applied Science (MASc, full-time), or Master of Engineering (MEng, full-time/part-time).

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The Master of Engineering (MEng) program requires the successful completion of eight one-term courses and a major project. No undergraduate credits may be taken towards the degree. No more than four of the required eight courses can be taken outside of BME. The program director must approve the graduate course selection. The faculty advisor must also approve the proposed project plan, which will be presented in writing by the student. Course selections are normally confirmed through a Program of Study agreement between supervisor and student, with the approval of the Program Director. With the approval of the faculty advisor, one of the eight courses may be the directed studies course (BE8003), normally conducted by the faculty advisor. An oral presentation of the project report, and results, will be arranged in a seminar format. The examination committee will assess the candidate's project report. There is also a course-only option available in the MEng program, where students may apply to substitute two courses for the major project.

 


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The Master of Applied Science (MASc) program requires the successful completion of five one-term course credits and a research thesis. No undergraduate credits may be taken towards the degree. A maximum of two of the required five courses can be taken outside of BME. The supervisor for each graduate student must approve the graduate course selection. The supervisor must also approve the proposed thesis plan, which will be presented in writing by the student. Course selections are normally confirmed through a Program of Study agreement between supervisor and student, with the approval of the Program Director. With the approval of the supervisor, one of the five courses may be the directed studies course (BE8003), normally conducted by the supervisor. An oral presentation of the research thesis, and results, will be arranged in a seminar format. The examination committee will assess the candidate's research thesis.

 


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The Doctoral (PhD) program requires the successful completion of four one-term graduate courses, pass a qualifying/candidacy examination (please refer to the PhD Candidacy Examination Guide) and a dissertation based on original research. The supervisor must approve both the course selections and the dissertation research proposal submitted in writing by the student. With the approval of the supervisor, one of the four courses may be the directed studies course (BE8003), normally conducted by the supervisor. The student's supervisor, after consultation with the student, will recommend to the Program Director the appointment of a Supervisory Committee. Within 16 months of initial registration, every student in the PhD program will undertake an oral and written candidacy examination. The core aspect of the program is the successful defence of the doctoral dissertation containing original contributions to knowledge at an oral examination.

 


Degree Completion Time Regulations

The minimum and maximum times allowed for course-work and research in the programs are indicated in the table below. Transfer from full-time to part-time status, and vice versa, needs the approval of the School of Graduate Studies, particularly when the maximum time span allowed for program completion could become an important factor for consideration. The School of Graduate Studies requires continuous registration throughout the residency period for all students in the program, either full-time or part-time, in which the student is registered.

Grade Requirements

Graduate students must repeat a course, or substitute with an alternate course, if a course mark is less than B- (70-72%) for both MEng and MASc, and less than B (73-76%) for PhD. Failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing could result in a student being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure in more than one graduate course shall be considered grounds for dismissal.

Specific Degree Requirements

MEng

MASc

PhD

8 course credits1 and research project (credits may include: 1 directed studies course2,3; 4 from a related program area)


10 course credits1 (credits may include: 1 directed studies course2,3; 4 from a related program area)

5 course credits1 (credits may include: 1 directed studies course2,3; 2 from a related program area) 4 course credits1 (credits may include: 1 directed studies course2,3; 2 from a related program area)
Project4 Thesis Candidacy Examination and Thesis Proposal; Dissertation
Minimum time for completion: 1 year Minimum time for completion: 1 year Minimum time for completion: 2 years
Maximum time for completion: 3 years Maximum time for completion: 3 years Maximum time for completion: 6 years

 

1 All courses are one semester and are equal to one (1) course credit, unless otherwise stated.

2 A student enrolled in the MEng, MASc or PhD program is permitted to take only one (1) Directed Studies course, including substitutions (e.g. related programs).

3 A student is permitted to take not more than two (2) courses taught by his/her supervisor, one of which may be the "BE8003: Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering" course.

4 MEng students may apply to substitute two (2) courses for the research project.