Why Choose

SBME Program at a glance

Learn what it means to view the body as an engineered system.
Work directly with the world-class organizations, hospital partners, faculty, staff and students that make up the SBME community.
Get hands-on experience through design work in top-tier laboratories.

What We Do

Biomedical Engineering and SBME

Biomedical Engineers work at the cutting edge of technology and biological science to transform healthcare for all. SBME is a blueprint for the future of medicine, and we are training the leaders who will build that future.

We are an emerging leader in Canadian Life Sciences advancement, working in partnership with academia, entrepreneurs, industry, hospitals and various institutions both in BC and abroad.

If you are passionate, curious and ready to make an impact on the world both now and in the future, SBME provides you with the opportunities to do it; and you are most welcome here.


As a Biomedical Engineering student, you’ll take a series of core courses aimed at building a strong foundation in engineering, biology, math, chemistry, and design. In your third year of study, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your degree to your interests by specializing in one of four streams:

  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
    Apply the principles of mechanics and materials science to solving dynamic physical problems in the human biological system.

  • Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
    Apply engineering and design principles to the analysis, understanding and leveraging of cellular and molecular biological processes.

  • Biomedical Systems and Signals
    Use engineering principles to understand fundamental processes that produce images and electronic signals in biological systems.

  • Biomedical Informatics
    Learn to apply computational and engineering techniques to increase the understanding and utility of biological and medical data.

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SBME offers three graduate programs:

  • Master of Applied Science
    Two-year research-based program. The program trains students in the fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering and provides an extended research experience.

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Offers students an opportunity to work at the highest level of research. Students are expected to complete their candidacy examination within 18 months and complete doctoral dissertation research within three to four years.

  • Master of Engineering
    12-16 month program aimed at students who wish to enhance their professional skills in biomedical engineering. Students engage in a combination of course work and internship or co-op work experience.

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Research Experience

Research Opportunities

Though research is typically associated with graduate programming, SBME provides ways for our undergraduates to get involved as well. From technical electives to co-ops, there’s an opportunity out there for you.

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A Community
for Everyone

Our community is global, and we want you to help us expand it.

SBME’s Respect Equity Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Committee works alongside, and in support of, UBC, and the Faculties of Applied Science and Medicine to create a thriving environment for all who would call the SBME home.

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