MENg

MEng Program

The Master of Engineering (MEng) is a program of study suited to students who wish to pursue their biomedical engineering education beyond the undergraduate level but do not wish to pursue a thesis-based research program. The MEng program offers two pathways that students can choose between. One is a course-only option, and the other is coursework combined with an internship. Both pathways require a minimum of 30 credits, and takes about 12-16 months to complete if pursued on a full-time basis.

This policy and procedure page is intended for students already registered in the program. If you are a prospective student considering applying to the Master of Engineering Program in Biomedical Engineering, please visit our Master of Engineering applications page.

 

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Starting Your Degree

Review Program Requirements

MEng Options

The MEng program will have two options for students to take:

1) Courses with Internship Option – students will complete an internship by taking BMEG 597, which will cover 6 credits of required courses.

2) Course-only Option – students will not take BMEG 597 and instead fulfill the 6 credits by enrolling in additional courses, approved by the program.

MEng students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework to complete the program. Both the course-based, and internship options require the following:

3) At least 24 credits must be at the 500-level.

4) A minimum of 18 of the 24 credits must be in the program area at the 500-level, including a project, if required, up to a maximum 6 credits.

5) A maximum of 6 credits may be taken at the 300-/400-level.

6) A maximum of 6 credits of 500-level directed studies courses may be counted toward the program requirements.

MENg Options

Internship Option

Course-based Option

Prerequisite

BASC or Equivalent

BASC or Equivalent

Minimum Required Credits

30**

30**

Required Courses

7 Credits

– BMEG 597 (6) Master of Engineering Project (if taking the internship option)

– BMEG 598 (1) Biomedical Engineering Seminar***

1 Credit

– BMEG 598 (1) Biomedical Engineering Seminar***

Core Life Sciences Courses

3+ Credits

3+ Credits

Core Applied Sciences Courses

3+ Credits

3+ Credits

Electives

0+ credits

0+ credits

Engineers in Scrubs

5 credits
Required (restricted to students in the Engineers in Scrubs Program)

– BMEG 500 (1) Orientation to the Clinical Environment
– BMEG 501 (4) Interdisciplinary Team Project in Medical Innovation. The combination of BMEG 500 + BMEG 501 can be used to fulfill the following: 2 credits of Life Science and 3 credits of Applied Science.

5 credits
Required (restricted to students in the Engineers in Scrubs Program)

– BMEG 500 (1) Orientation to the Clinical Environment
– BMEG 501 (4) Interdisciplinary Team Project in Medical Innovation. The combination of BMEG 500 + BMEG 501 can be used to fulfill the following: 2 credits of Life Science and 3 credits of Applied Science.

Special Topics

These courses are offered on an occasional or trial basis. Contact the Graduate Faculty Advisor if interested.

– BMEG 554 (1-3) Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering (normally restricted to MASc/PhD)
– BMEG 591 (1-3) Topics in Biomedical Engineering

These courses are offered on an occasional or trial basis. Contact the Graduate Faculty Advisor if interested.

– BMEG 554 (1-3) Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering (normally restricted to MASc/PhD)
– BMEG 591 (1-3) Topics in Biomedical Engineering

Important Notes

*** BMEG 598 incorporates both the monthly public seminars and the annual Biomedical Engineering Conference. Students are required to remain registered for and attend all BME Seminars during the duration of their program. Pass or Fail standing is awarded based on the attendance and final standing or credits for the course will not be given until the program completion. Prior to 2014W, students were only required to attend seminars for the first 2 (MASc/MEng) or 4 (PhD) years of the program.

**A maximum of 6 credits at an undergraduate level (courses numbered 300-499) may be counted toward the requirements of a degree.

Review Student Responsibilities

It is very important that you familiarize yourself with UBC’s policies on academic honesty, intellectual property, and registration. Please review UBC’s Graduate and Post Graduate Studies Student Responsibilities at the very beginning of your degree.

Choose Between Full-time and Part-time Before You Start Your Program

The typical completion time for the MEng degree is 12-16 months if pursued on a full-time basis. MEng degree candidates registered as full-time students are required to spend at least one winter session at the University. Only candidates who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada can also complete the MEng on a part-time basis, and can register as part-time students by submitting a request to the (contact us form) before their program start date.
Please note that we are unable to change a program back to full time once a program has started.
In either case, the program must be completed within 5 years of initial registration.

Engineering Co-op

Students may add a Co-op element to their program. This will increase the total completion time but may lead to a project suitable for BMEG 597. MEng students who are interested in participating in the Engineering Co-op Program must submit their applications directly to the co-op office.

Managing Your Process

Satisfactory Progress

For Master of Engineering students, the minimum passing grade in any course is 60%. However, only 6 credits of courses with grades in the C to C+ range (60-67%) may be counted towards a master’s program. For all other courses, a minimum of 68% must be obtained.

Unsatisfactory Progress

On the recommendation of the graduate program and the approval of the Faculty of Applied Science (for MEng students), the student may repeat a course for higher standing or take an alternate course. When repeating a failed required course, a minimum mark of 74% must be obtained. Higher minimum grades may be required.

If the graduate program does not make such a recommendation, or if the recommendation is not approved by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or Faculty of Applied Science, the student may be required to withdraw. A student who obtains a grade of less than 68% in an excessive number of courses will normally be required to withdraw. The student will be informed of unsatisfactory academic progress in writing before any action regarding withdrawal is taken.

Fail (F) for individual courses is defined as below 60%. If a course is repeated, both marks will appear on the transcript. The higher mark will be used to determine promotion and in any decision to admit or withdraw a student from the program. For all other purposes, averages will be calculated using both marks.

Program Completion

Timeline

MEng students normally complete their program in 12 to 16 months. The three most common paths students take are as follows:

Completion Timeline Per Stream

Sep to Dec

Jan to Apr

May to Aug

Sep to Dec

Path 1

Courses

(12 credits)

Courses

(12 credits)

Internship

(6 credits)

Path 2

Courses

(12 credits)

Courses

(12 credits)

Academic Break* (no internship found)

Internship (6 credits)

Path 3

Courses

(12 credits)

Courses

(12 credits)

Co-Op Placement

(0 credit)
{Co-op fees}

Register for BMEG 597(6 credits) and pay 3rd instalment). Able to close program early if completed courses and internship requirements.

Academic Break

Leaves of Absence and Continuing Status

Leave is granted when a student is best advised for personal, health or other reasons to have time completely away from their academic responsibilities. Leave, not including parental leave or leave to pursue concurrent programs, is limited to one year for Master’s students.

Your first point of contact when applying for leave will be to inform us via the (contact us form) the dates of your request and the type of leave requested.

Withdrawal and Reinstatement

Students will normally be required to withdraw if they do not make adequate academic progress. When a student is required to withdraw, the academic record will indicate “required to withdraw”.