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Biomedical Engineering (MASc, MEng, PhD)

Overview

This collaborative graduate program prepares students for careers in biomedical engineering and provides them with the opportunity to advance their own research, tap into Ryerson’s leading faculty-based research and work on industry-related projects. Throughout the program, students are supported by a network of experienced faculty supervisors and have opportunities for training at research hospitals such as St. Michael’s Hospital and the University Health Network. This program supports student development in biomedical engineering R&D — which is ranked as the number-one job in the health-care industry — to meet the demand for better medical devices, more sophisticated medical equipment and improved biomedical procedures.

Degrees awarded: MASc, MEng, PhD

Administered by: Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS)

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Curriculum

Course Code Degree Requirements: Master of Applied Science Credits

 

Master's Thesis

(Milestone)

BE8002

Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Pass/Fail

BE8001

Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Med. Phys.

1

 

Three Elective credits (One may be a BE8003)

3

Electives

Course code Course name Credits

BE8003

Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering

1

BE8101

Rehabilitation Engineering

1

BE8102

Design of Bio-MEMS

1

BE8103

Computations in Genetic Eng.

1

BE8104

Biomedical System Modeling

1

BE8105

Advanced Medical Image Analysis

1

BE8106

Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1

BP8101

Stats for the Health Sciences

1

BP8110

Biomedical Ultrasound

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

CE8201

Model and Simulation- Chem Eng

1

CE8603

Advances in Biomaterials

1

CE8605

Nanobiotechnology

1

CE8606

Advanced Topics in Tissue Engineering

1

EE8105

Digital Signal Processing I

1

EE8111

Digital Signal Processing II

1

EE8202

Digital Image Processing I

1

EE8212

Digital Image Processing II

1

EE8606

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr I

1

EE8610

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr II

1

ME8115

Finite Element Methods in Engr

1

ME8130

Robotics

1

ME8150

Introduction to Microfluidics

1

ME8143

Micro and Nano Manufacturing

1

Course Code Degree Requirements: Master of Engineering Credits

 

Master’s Project OR BME Internship

(Milestone)

BE8001

Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Med. Phys.

1

 

Six Elective credits (One may be BE8003)

6

 

OR

 

BE8001

Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Med. Phys.

1

 

Eight Elective credits (One may be BE8003)

8

Electives

Course code Course name Credits

BE8003

Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering

1

BE8101

Rehabilitation Engineering

1

BE8102

Design of Bio-MEMS

1

BE8103

Computations in Genetic Eng.

1

BE8104

Biomedical System Modeling

1

BE8105

Advanced Medical Image Analysis

1

BE8106

Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1

BP8101

Stats for the Health Sciences

1

BP8110

Biomedical Ultrasound

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

CE8201

Model and Simulation- Chem Eng

1

CE8603

Advances in Biomaterials

1

CE8605

Nanobiotechnology

1

CE8606

Advanced Topics in Tissue Engineering

1

EE8105

Digital Signal Processing I

1

EE8111

Digital Signal Processing II

1

EE8202

Digital Image Processing I

1

EE8212

Digital Image Processing II

1

EE8606

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr I

1

EE8610

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr II

1

ME8115

Finite Element Methods in Engr

1

ME8130

Robotics

1

ME8150

Introduction to Microfluidics

1

ME8143

Micro and Nano Manufacturing

1

Course Code Degree Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy Credits

 

Candidacy Examination

(Milestone)

 

Dissertation

(Milestone)

BE8002

Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

Pass/Fail

BE8001

Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

1

BP8114

Anatomy and Physiology for Med. Phys.

1

 

Two Elective credits (One may be BE8003)

2

Electives

Course code Course name Credits

BE8003

Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering

1

BE8101

Rehabilitation Engineering

1

BE8102

Design of Bio-MEMS

1

BE8103

Computations in Genetic Eng.

1

BE8104

Biomedical System Modeling

1

BE8105

Advanced Medical Image Analysis

1

BE8106

Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1

BP8101

Stats for the Health Sciences

1

BP8110

Biomedical Ultrasound

1

BP8113

Advanced Imaging

1

CE8201

Model and Simulation- Chem Eng

1

CE8603

Advances in Biomaterials

1

CE8605

Nanobiotechnology

1

CE8606

Advanced Topics in Tissue Engineering

1

EE8105

Digital Signal Processing I

1

EE8111

Digital Signal Processing II

1

EE8202

Digital Image Processing I

1

EE8212

Digital Image Processing II

1

EE8606

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr I

1

EE8610

Sel Topics: Biomedical Engr II

1

ME8115

Finite Element Methods in Engr

1

ME8130

Robotics

1

ME8150

Introduction to Microfluidics

1

ME8143

Micro and Nano Manufacturing

1

Doctoral Candidacy Examination

The aim of the candidacy exam is to assess the originality and appropriateness of the proposed research, its relevance to the program, and the students’ ability to complete the research and the program. The exam consists of a written and oral component as well as a formal thesis proposal. This is a “Milestone.” Pass/Fail

Doctoral Dissertation

Students are required to conduct advanced research in the area of biomedical engineering. A specific research topic must be chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor(s). The student will conduct the research under the direction of the supervisor(s). The student must submit a written dissertation to an examination committee, and make an oral presentation and defense of the dissertation to this committee. Through the dissertation, the student must demonstrate an original contribution of new knowledge to the field of research, competence in research and a deep understanding of knowledge in the area of research. This is a “Milestone.” Pass/Fail

Master’s Thesis

Students are required to conduct advanced research. The topic is chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor(s). The student must submit the completed research in a thesis format to an examination committee and make an oral presentation and defence of the research thesis and results to this committee. Through the thesis, students are expected to demonstrate competence in research and a sound understanding of the specialty area associated with the research. This is a “Milestone.” Pass/Fail

Master’s Project

The student is required to conduct an applied advanced research project on a topic related to biomedical engineering. The project topic is selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and monitored by an advisory committee. On completion of the project, the results are submitted in a technical report format to an examining committee and the student will make an oral presentation of the report to the committee for assessment and grading of the project and the report. The student is expected to provide evidence of competence in the carrying out of a technical project and present a sound understanding of the material associated with the research project. This is a “Milestone.” Pass/Fail

BME Internship

The internship course allows MEng students enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program to participate in an internship to undertake a project relevant to the student’s research interests and aligns with the goals of the BME program. Students are responsible for identifying host companies, securing their placements, and preparing an internship plan, subject to program approval. Internships are 150 hours (min) in duration normally spread over 8-10 weeks during a single semester. This is a “Milestone.” Pass/Fail

BE8001 Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

This course will introduce students to methods for proposing research topics and subsequently developing actionable plans for conducting research in biomedical engineering. Students will be provided with tools to frame their research plans within the specific context of their sub-discipline, as well as in the wider context of medical science, biomedical engineering and clinical practice. Students will be exposed to best practices in qualitative and quantitative Methods specific to biomedical engineering. This will include common mathematical methods, theoretical modeling and experimental procedures, as well as methods related to discovery, identification, description and explanation generation. Students will engage in developing a research proposal for the purpose of planning their specific research project. Specific focus will also be placed on research ethics, culminating in a mock application to and evaluation by the local Research Ethics Board. 1 Credit

BE8002 Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

The course consists of regular research seminars in the general area of biomedical engineering, given by graduate student, faculty members, and guest speakers. MASc students are expected to give one presentation towards the end of their thesis. PhD students are expected to give one presentation before their candidacy exam and one presentation towards the end of the dissertation. Pass/Fail

BE8003 Directed Studies in Biomedical Engineering

This course is for students who wish to gain knowledge in a specific area of biomedical engineering for which no graduate level classes are offered. This course would involve a directed study for which the student(s) would be given credit. Students wishing to take the class would be assigned a suitable class advisor most familiar with the specific area of interest. Students would be required to present the work of one term (not less than 90 hours in the form of directed research, tutorials and individual study) in an organized publication format. 1 Credit

BE8101 Rehabilitation Engineering

Engineering principles underlying the design and utilization of devices for persons with disabilities. Exposure to fabrication and design techniques. Overview of existing technology, including: limb and spinal orthoses, limb prostheses, devices aiding mobility, seating aids, reachers, robotic aids, functional electrical stimulation; sensory aids, uses of microcomputers, workplace/home modifications, devices for the aged. Effects of national policies, and challenges of technology transfer. Antirequisite: BME705 1 Credit

BE8102 Design of Bio-MEMS

Biophysical and chemical principles of biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS) for the measurement of biological phenomena and clinical applications. Micro and nanoscale devices for the manipulation of cells and biomolecules. Topics include solidstate transducers, optical transducers, electrochemical transducers, biomedical microelectronics, microfluidics, and hybrid integration of microfabrication technology. Antirequisite: BME804 1 Credit

BE8103 Computations in Genetic Eng.

This course will introduce the computational theory and implementation of molecular database searching and sequence alignment in the context of genetic engineering. It covers databases and Internet access, sequence homology searching, multiple alignment and sequence motif analysis, and protein structure modeling and function prediction. Antirequisite: BME808. 1 Credit

BE8104 Biomedical System Modeling

Mathematical modeling of biomedical systems. Lumped and distributed models of electrical, mechanical, and chemical processes applied to cells, tissues, and organ systems. 3 hours of labs per week. Antirequisite: BME809. 1 Credit.

BE8105 Advanced Medical Image Analysis

1 Credit

BE8106 Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1 Credit