Biomedical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program doctoral degree offers an in-depth focus on cutting-edge research that prepares graduates for work in industry, academia or government. Areas of application range from prevention and healthy aging to improved diagnostics, as well as technologies for better therapeutics. The degree is part of an interdisciplinary program aimed at students with backgrounds in areas such as engineering, kinesiology, physical sciences, medicine, or life sciences. Students gain hands-on experience at various active university and hospital-based research centres. Areas of study include biomechanics, medical imaging, cell and tissue engineering, as well as biomedical instrumentation.

Completing this program

  • BME Foundations Course: Students will study core concepts in biomedical engineering, selecting between a biology or engineering focus.
  • Additional Courses: May be chosen from across a wide range of faculties, in areas related to the student’s research topic, which may include medical imaging, biomechanics, cellular and molecular engineering, statistics, bioelectrical engineering, among others.
  • Research Project and Candidacy Requirements: Students prepare a written research proposal and must complete an oral Thesis Proposal Evaluation and an oral Field of Study Exam.
  • BME Core I and II Courses: Topics may include biomedical engineering research, ethics, careers paths, research skills, methodology or other areas.
  • Medical Imaging Specialization: Requires three courses in Medical Imaging in addition to core program requirements.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.



Academia; research and development and leadership positions in industries such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals; patent law; governmental regulatory and healthcare agencies.

A PhD in biomedical engineering is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Two courses, and more for students without biomedical engineering MSc

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research and fund the student before the student will be granted admission

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

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    Philip Barber

    Seeking Students
    Stroke, Dementia, Cognition, MRI, CT, biomarkers
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    John EA Bertram

    Accepting Inquiries
    Dynamics of locomotion
  3. Steven Boyd

    Steven Boyd

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomedical engineering – bone and joint injuries
  4. Signe Bray

    Signe Bray

    Accepting Inquiries
  5. Colin Dalton

    Colin Dalton

    Electrokinetic Microsystems, Microneedles, Brain-machine interfaces
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    Jeroen De Buck

    Accepting Inquiries
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    Hector De la Hoz Siegler

    Accepting Inquiries
  8. Elena Di Martino

    Elena Di Martino

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomechanics of aneurysms, Image-based analysis of soft tissues, Computational simulation of cardiovascular mechanics, Novel grafts for skin repair, Mechanical tests and constitutive models of soft biological tissues
  9. Antoine Dufour

    Antoine Dufour

    Proteomics, proteases, systems biology, inflammation, immunity
  10. Neil Duncan

    Neil Duncan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Orthopaedic Bioengineering and Tissue Engineering
  11. Jeff F Dunn

    Jeff F. Dunn

    Accepting Inquiries
    Disease processes, Medical imaging
  12. W Brent Edwards

    W. Brent Edwards

    Accepting Inquiries
    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
  13. Elise Fear

    Elise Fear

    Accepting Inquiries
    New approaches to imaging and sensing, Prototype systems, Imaging and sensing algorithms, Applications
  14. Salvatore Federico

    Salvatore Federico

    Accepting Inquiries
    Continuum Mechanics, Soft Tissue Biomechanics
  15. Nils Daniel Forkert

    Nils Daniel Forkert

    Seeking Students
    Medical Image Processing
  16. Richard Frayne

    Richard Frayne

    Accepting Inquiries
    Brain and Cerbrovascular Imaging
  17. Julio Garcia Flores

    Julio Garcia Flores

    Seeking Students
    Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  18. Bradley Goodyear

    Bradley Goodyear

    Accepting Inquiries
    Functional MRI
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    Ashley Harris

    Accepting Inquiries
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
  20. Walter Herzog

    Walter Herzog

    Accepting Inquiries
    Neuro-Biomechanics, Biomechanics
  21. Prof Yaoping Hu

    Prof. Yaoping Hu

    Seeking Students
    Human-Computer Interaction within Virtual Environments
  22. Michael Kallos

    Michael Kallos

    Accepting Inquiries
    Stem Cell Bioprocess Engineering, Suspension Bioreactor Shear Hydrodynamics, Biomaterials Development, Biomedical Engineering
  23. Catherine Lebel

    Catherine Lebel

    Accepting Inquiries
    Medical Imaging, Pediatric Brain Development
  24. Joon Lee

    Joon Lee

    Accepting Inquiries
    Health Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Health
  25. LePing Li

    LePing Li

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomechanics; Applied mechanics
  26. Justin MacCallum

    Justin MacCallum

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biophysical Chemistry, Integrative Structural Biology, Biomolecular Recognition and Design
  27. Sarah Manske

    Sarah Manske

    Seeking Students
    Musculoskeletal Imaging
  28. martin mintchev

    Martin Mintchev

    Accepting Inquiries
  29. Alim Mitha

    Alim Mitha

    Accepting Inquiries
  30. Kartikeya Murari

    Kartikeya Murari

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation
  31. Giovanniantonio Natale

    Giovanniantonio Natale

    Accepting Inquiries
    Rheology and microrheology of complex fluids, Engineering of micro/nano particles, Anisotropic particles suspensions, Active colloids
  32. Bruce Pike

    Bruce Pike

    Accepting Inquiries
    Medical Imaging
  33. Derrick Rancourt

    Derrick Rancourt

    Accepting Inquiries
    Stem Cell Biology
  34. Kristina Rinker

    Kristina Rinker

    Accepting Inquiries
    cell based models of health and disease, cancer detection and treatment, cardiovascular, cell adhesion, transcriptomics, cell signaling
  35. Janet Ronsky

    Janet Ronsky

    Accepting Inquiries
    Musculoskeletal biomechanics
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    Arindom Sen

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biochemical Engineering
  37. Jane Shearer

    Jane Shearer

    Seeking Students
    Laboratory Mission Statement, Impact of Diet on Neurological Disorders, Mitochondrial Regualtion and Flux, Energy Drinks, Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
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    Nigel Shrive

    Accepting Inquiries
    Structural mechanics
  39. Mike Smith

    Mike Smith

    Seeking Students
  40. Roberto Sotero Diaz

    Roberto Sotero Diaz

    Accepting Inquiries
    Computational Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Complex brain networks
  41. Uttandaraman UT Sundararaj

    Uttandaraman (U.T.) Sundararaj

    Accepting Inquiries
    Polymer Nanotechnology, Polymer Processing
  42. John Tyberg

    John Tyberg

    Accepting Inquiries
    The Reservoir-Wave Approach, Evaluation of Vasomotion, Ventricular-Arterial Coupling, Evaluation of the Systemic Circulation in Neonates, Pulmonary Hypertension
  43. Mark Ungrin

    Mark Ungrin

    Accepting Inquiries
    Microscale tissue engineering, Technology development
  44. Yingxu Wang

    Yingxu Wang

    Seeking Students
    Basic Studies in Emerging Sciences and Denotational Mathematics, Cognitive Robotics (CRs), Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computers, Deep Machine Learning and Cognitive Knowledge Learning, Denotational Mathematics for AI, Abstract Intelligence (aI), Computational Intelligence (CI), and Brain Informatics (BI), Big Data Algebra (BDA) for Data Science and Engineering Data Analytics, Brain Science: Formal Theories and Brain-Inspired Systems, Intelligence Science: Formal Theories and Cognitive Systems, Software Science: Theoretical Foundations of Software Engineering
  45. Svetlana Yanushkevich

    Svetlana Yanushkevich

    Accepting Inquiries
    biometric technologies, data analysis and pattern recognition, biometric system design, computational intelligence, image processing
  46. Yunyan Zhang

    Yunyan Zhang

    Accepting Inquiries
    Improving Disease Outcome Measures, Advancing Image Analysis Technologies, Enhancing MRI-Pathology Correlation

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree and a Master of Science (thesis) degree or equivalent in engineering, science, kinesiology or equivalent, from a recognized institution.

Work samples



  • None

Reference letters


Test scores


Supervision and Funding

Students can only be accepted upon identification of one or more approved Biomedical Graduate Engineering Program supervisors who are willing to supervise and fund the applicant.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadian and permanent resident (students with Canadian or U.S. transcripts)- apply by June 1 
  • International (students with international transcripts)- apply by March 1 

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadian and permanent resident (students with Canadian or U.S. transcripts)- apply by Oct. 1 
  • International (students with international transcripts)- apply by July. 1

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadian and permanent resident (students with Canadian or U.S. transcripts)- apply by Feb. 1 
  • International (students with international transcripts)- apply by Nov. 1

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering, Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology (CCIT) building, Office CCIT 012
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Schulich School of Engineering's website