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What will I learn?

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 graduate degrees (M.Eng.) that span broad themes, including: biomodelling, biosignal processing, medical imaging, nanotechnology, artificial cells and organs, probiotics, bioinformatics, orthopedics, 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 Ph.D. studies.

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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,961.00 (US$ 14,515) per year
CAN $598.70 per credit hour
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned an accredited or recognized university degree (equivalent to a McGill undergraduate degree, Bachelor’s) which would serve as a basis of admission to a graduate degree program at a recognized research-intensive university in the same country. The university degree must have been completed with a minimum standing of 3.0/4.0 or the equivalent, according to grading scale on the transcript. Other English Language Requirements: 567 PBT (paper based test); MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a mark of 85% or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): a grade of “B” (Good) or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of “C” (Pass) or higher; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 4 – with an overall grade of at least “Merit Pass”; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 5 – with an overall grade of at least “Pass”; McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

For international students

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).

Language Requirements:

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).

Application Deadlines: For Winter term: September 1 and for Fall term: February 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.