Why choose 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.

BME at a glance

• Learn what it means to view the body as an engineered system

• Work directly with the organizations, hospital partners, entrepreneurs, world-class researchers and faculty, extraordinary students and leaders that make up the SBME community

• Get hands-on experience through design work in top-tier laboratories

• Be part of the most diverse engineering discipline at UBC

Undergraduate Program

Create your own path. Biomedical Engineering is constantly evolving to stay at the forefront of innovation. Biomedical Engineering degrees at SBME are customizable to reflect the interdisciplinary and interconnected nature of engineering, medicine and healthcare. Beginning in third year, you can specialize your technical electives, giving you an excellent background for a career in the ever-changing areas of industry, healthcare or research.

Your biomedical engineering degree is interdisciplinary, and your technical electives can reflect this based on what you choose. For example, you may want to take courses related to the five following areas:

  • Biomechanics
  • Cellular and Molecular Engineering
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Biomaterials
  • Signals and Systems

Graduate Program

In addition to this, SBME offers three graduate programs:

  • Master of Applied Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Engineering

A unique curriculum

At the heart of this interdisciplinary program is a unique blend of life sciences, engineering techniques and cutting-edge technologies that students apply to the current challenges of health and healthcare.

The curriculum includes hands-on laboratory experience and connects students with SBME partners across academia, industry and hospitals. Through these experiences, you’ll gain a strong understanding of biology, human anatomy and physiology, and develop the skills to identify engineering problems and build solutions across medicine.

Learning beyond the lecture hall

But the real strength of our program is that it offers students unparalleled access to experts in the fields of chemical and biological, electrical and computer, materials and mechanical engineering. This, coupled with our research facilities and partnerships across hospitals, industry and academia, provides SBME students with real-world learning that extends well beyond the walls of the classroom.

Your Future

Become a leader

SBME is proud to produce graduates who go on to become industry, academic and research leaders, both locally and abroad.

Students engineer solutions to the most pressing challenges in healthcare from devices to regenerative and preventative medicine. These skills are in demand across pharmaceutical, biotechnology, government, non-profits, consulting, finance and academic organizations everywhere.

The program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies or professional degrees in medicine, engineering, pharmacy, law or business. Your future begins here.


Access for Everyone

Funding Opportunities

We believe in making learning and research accessible to all. UBC offers a number of scholarships and external award top-ups for aspiring students. SBME is committed to providing funding to every accepted M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. student in the form of Research Assistantships or top-ups. Teaching Assistantships are also available.

An Inclusive Community

UBC is a global community. One that is constantly working to improve so that all people are respected, celebrated, included and supported in all areas of academic, work and campus life.
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 better environment for every member of our global community and to properly represent all who would call the SBME home.

Beautiful British Columbia

UBC Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver, BC, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area. With stunning vistas of mountains and ocean, and its myriad recreational opportunities, Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the top 10 livable cities in the world.
UBC is one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious public research and teaching institutions. It is home to over 58,000 undergraduate and 12,500 graduate students from Canada and all over the world. It is ranked among the world’s 50 best universities making a global impact (one of only two Canadian universities in this category) and is top 10 in North America.