FAQs

1.   Must I be an engineer to be a biomedical engineer?
No. Although the majority of biomedical engineers hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, some with backgrounds in areas such as physics, mathematics, medicine, and the biological sciences also work as biomedical engineers, gaining more experience at the graduate level.

2.   Who employs a biomedical engineer?
Biomedical engineers are employed primarily in the healthcare industry. This includes manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and medical and research facilities. Their work can range from basic experimentation and design, to product development, clinical testing, and sales.

3.   Are biomedical engineers different from other engineers?
Yes. Generally, biomedical engineers have an undergraduate degree in an area such as mechanical or electrical engineering, or rehabilitation medicine, and then integrate these skills with biology and medicine to solve problems in healthcare.

4.   How much education does a biomedical engineer require?
In general, a minimum of an undergraduate degree. Some enter the work force at this point while many go on for graduate studies.

5.   Does the University offer graduate degrees in biomedical engineering?
Yes, both the MSc and PhD degrees. The Department of Biomedical Engineering and all other departments in the Faculty of Engineering offer both degrees. In addition, a student can enroll in two departments (e.g., Biomedical Engineering and another) under the University’s Individual Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

6.   Are there specialization areas in biomedical engineering?
Yes, many. Most biomedical engineers acquire a strong undergraduate education in the underlying fundamentals of one of the areas and specialize in these at the graduate level. To view the areas of research the University is involved in, go here.

7.   Who can I contact for more information?
The Associate Chair (Graduate) of the Department of Biomedical Engineering will assist you on all areas of biomedical engineering. As well, you may contact members of the University involved in areas of research that are of interest to you or the various departments in which you are interested. 

For further information please contact: bmegrad@ualberta.ca