Graduate Program

The University of Saskatchewan, through the College of Graduate Studies and Research, sustains the Division of Biomedical Engineering to foster interdisciplinary research linking Engineering and the Physical Sciences with the Biological Sciences and Human and Veterinary Medicine.  

The dominant areas of research interest among our faculty include:  biomechanics, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, biomedical signal and image processing, applications of artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic and expert systems, physiological system modeling, and medical instrumentation.

Our Division offers post-graduate programs leading to the Master of (Clinical) Engineering [M. Eng], Master of Engineering, Master of Science [M. Sc.], and Doctor of Philosophy [Ph. D.] degrees. The former is a professional specialization in clinical engineering for students with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree; the latter three are research-oriented or design-oriented programs for students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Natural Science, Health Science, or Computer Science.

Admission

Prerequisites


M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering:

  • Degree in one of the following:

    • Engineering 

    • Natural Science (Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Chemistry, etc.)

    •  Life Sciences (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Physiology, Pathology, etc.) 

Clinical Engineering Program: 

  • Engineering degree is a prerequisite.

English Language Proficiency

Admission to the University of Saskatchewan is conditional upon demonstrating English Language proficiency.  Students whose native language is not English must pass one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL score equal to or greater than 550 or 213 (computer based) 

  • MELAB score equal to or greater than 85

  • IELTS score equal to or greater than Band 6.5


Application Procedure


Application package must include:

  • College of Grad Studies and Research form - GSR100

  • College of Grad Studies and Research form - GSR101

  • Transcripts

  • TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS score

  • CV or Resume

  • Statement of Purpose detailing your research interests

  • $75 Canadian Application Fee.

    NOTE: University of Saskatchewan can no longer accept Bank of China cheques

Contact:

Jan Compain
Divisions of Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Room 1B95, 57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A9
Canada
jan.compain@usask.ca

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Transfer Credits


Resident graduate work of high quality in a recognized graduate school elsewhere and within a five year time limit preceding the date of admission to this program may be accepted to the extent of two and one-half full classes (5 half classes). Such credits will be transferred only after the student has established a satisfactory record in residence here for at least one-half of a regular academic session, and then only if the Division or the Department concerned recommends to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, for his approval, the transfer of such credits as being appropriate to the student''s program in his chosen field. Work already applied toward another degree cannot be accepted. Transferred credit will not reduce the residence requirement at the University of Saskatchewan, but it may reduce the amount of formal course work required.

For the M.Sc. and Clinical Engineering degrees, residence at the University is required for at least one regular academic session, starting in September and ending in April.  For a Ph.D. degree, two academic sessions are the minimum residence requirements.

M. Sc.

The Master of Science Program, which is interdisciplinary in nature, promotes three objectives:

  • The first objective is to involve students in a research or a design project that requires the application of engineering, of physics, and of mathematics to problems in the biological sciences, or in human or veterinary medicine.

  • The second objective is to increase students'' depth of comprehension in those areas that are directly related to their undergraduate studies.

  • The third objective is to provide students with dual academic aspects in bredth:

    • A comprehension of the concepts of their complementary area

    • A recognition of the possibilities for integration and for correlation of these complementary concepts with the concepts of their primary area.

M. Eng.

The objective of the Master of Engineering Program is to provide a Clinical Engineering specialization for persons who are eligible to become Registered Professional Engineers with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS), of which the first prerequisite is a Bachelor of Engineering Degree.  This program involves advanced courses in the academic domain of the student''s undergraduate engineering education, broad formal preparation in physiology and in health-care administration, and two four-month internships at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, which are followed by the submission of an adjudicated formal written report of those clinical experiences. 

PGD

The PGD (Postgraduate Diploma) is designed for students who have been away from university for some time and wish to broaden their knowledge at the graduate level in their area of professional interest. A Postgraduate Diploma consists of 30 credit units of study, at least 18 of which are normally required of a Master's candidate in the same level of specialization.

Ph. D.

The objective of our Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program is to pursue advanced research in Biomedical Engineering.  Students must demonstrate both their proficiency in some broad academic subject, and their ability to work independently by initiating and by evaluating work in their chosen field, while combining concepts and techniques form their original discipline with those from a complementary area.

The doctoral candidate must pass qualifying and comprehensive examinations.  The candidate must subsequently write a thesis that is based upon an original investigation, and that demonstrates mature scholarship and critical judgment by the candidate, as well as familiarity with the tools and the methods of research in the field of specialization.  The thesis, in order to be acceptable, must make an original, significant contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge, and must warrant publication wholly or partiall.

Course Work

For a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering, the minimum requirement is four one-semester (half-courses) at the graduate level.

A doctoral candidate must successfully complete a minimum of six one-semester (half-courses) at the graduate level; this total recognizes four one-semester courses that have been taken during a preceding master's program.

For a Master's Degree in Clinical Engineering, ten one-semester (half-courses) are required.  Courses to be taken are assigned upon an individual basis in consultation with the Division chairperson and the program supervisor.  The thesis requirements of the M.Sc. program are replaced by a residency practicum in a clinical institution.

Students with a background in either Engineering or the Natural Sciences are required to take several courses in the Life Sciences.  Conversely, students with a background in the Life Sciences will be required to take basic courses in a suitable field of the Natural Sciences or of Engineering.  These supplementary courses will generally be taken at the undergraduate level.  To compensate, such courses are assessed less contributory weight in the aggregate program.

Course Offerings

Course work will substantially depend upon the student''s research interests; therefore, program content is determined individually by consultation with the Program Supervisor and with the Division Chairperson. Courses for the student''s program of studies are usually selected from the following list. These course offerings are periodically revised, but special arrangements and exceptions can be made in individual cases.

Graduate Studies and Research

Critical-Thinking Skills for Graduate Students

Introduction to Ethics and Integrity

Philosophy and Practice of University Teaching (formerly known as GSR 989: Introduction to University Teaching)

Biomedical Engineering Division

  • 800.3 Advanced Medical Instrumentation (to be offered in 2014-2015)
  • 806.3 Biomaterials
  • 850.3 Synchrotron XRay Imaging
  • 898.3 Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (to be BioE 805.3 on the next offering)
  • 898.3 Tissue Engineering (to be BioE 820.3 on the next offering)
  • 898.3 Introduction to Computational Systems
  • 990 Seminar [Twice per year, attenence is mandatory, one presentation is required]
  • 992 Project [Non-thesis clinical option]
  • 994 Research [Master''s level thesis]
  • 996 Research [Doctoral level thesis]

Biology

  • 873.6 Modeling Techniques for Biological Systems

Chemistry

  • 841.3 NMR Spectroscopy
  • 843.3 Mass Spectrometry
  • 849.3 Radiation Chemistry

Computer Science

  • 810.3 Algorithms
  • 819.3 Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • 829.3 Computer Graphics
  • 830.3 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • 852.3 Topics in Formal Artificial Intelligence
  • 857.3 Readings in Bioinformatics
  • 858.3 Topics in Modeling and Operations Research
  • 859.3 Advanced Computer Vision &  Image Processing
  • 860.3 Topics in Algorithms
  • 862.3 Multi-Agent Systems
  • 866.3 Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

Electrical Engineering

  • 701.3 Introductory Circuits and Electronics (for non-engineers)
  • 702.3 Electronic Instrumentation (for non-engineers)
  • 740.3 Introduction to Real-Time Computing
  • 805.3 Real-Time Data Acquisition and Control
  • 810.3 Communication Theory I
  • 811.3 Antenna Engineering
  • 813.3 Introduction to Pattern Recognition
  • 814.3 Communication Theory II
  • 815.3 Human-Machine Communication and Interactive Computer Systems
  • 830.3 Electronic Instrumentation
  • 840.3 Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • 880.3 Digital Signal Processing

Mechanical Engineering

  • 855.3 Optimization in Structural Design
  • 856.3 Weighted Residual Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • 861.3 Numerical Control
  • 862.3 Analysis and Synthesis of Linear Control Systems
  • 863.3 Advanced Topics in Linear Control Systems
  • 864.3 Random Processes and Signal Processing
  • 867.3 Applied Stochastic Optimization and Control
  • 869.3 Adaptive Control Systems
  • 885.3 Theory and Application of Neural Networks

Physics

  • 843.3 Cybernetic Systems
  • 856.3 The Physics of Radiobiology and Radiation Therapy

Physiology

  • 810.3 Biophysics of Nerve and Muscle
  • 825.6 General Physiology
  • 826.3 Cardiovascular Physiology
  • 827.3 Respiratory Physiology
  • 828.3 Physiology of Body Fluids
  • 829.3 Physiology of the Nervous System

Kinesiology

  • 803.3 Biomechanics
  • 805.3 Physiology of Exercise

Participating Units