Engineering in Medicine

Modern advances in engineering science and technology have enabled the rapid development of miniaturized medical devices, customized implants, sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation, precision surgical robotics, and information technology for e-Health. The healthcare industry has become one of the world’s biggest industrial sectors providing a wide range of job opportunities in research, product development and patient care.

Engineering in Medicine is an interdisciplinary, non-thesis Master of Engineering (MEng) specialization offered at the Faculty of Engineering at Western University.

Combining expertise from our departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME), the Engineering in Medicine MEng specialization offers qualified engineering graduates (or equivalent) the opportunity to better understand the role of engineers in modern medicine. Students will explore innovative technologies that impact medical advancements and recognize opportunities for product development and commercialization. Learn more about specific courses.

Graduates from the Engineering in Medicine MEng specialization may choose to seek employment in the emerging medical devices industry in Canada, clinics and hospitals, public sector organizations, NGOs, sales and marketing, or enhance their opportunity for further advanced training in the field of biomedical engineering.

Academic and progression requirements for the Engineering in Medicine MEng specialization will be the same for applicants who wish to enroll through any of the course-based MEng programs currently offered by the participating Departments. This program is structured to assist qualified graduate engineers to advance their professional careers by broadening their knowledge of technology in medicine and how to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the development of medical and assistive devices. If enrolled full-time, a student can complete the degree in one year. Part-time students will require additional time to fulfill the specialization requirements.

The program curriculum is comprised of the following:

Program Requirements

A - One core half-course in Specialization:

  • MME 9640/BIOMED 9645 - Medical Device Design

B - One half-course in basic Engineering Science:

  • CBE 9170 - Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • CBE 9190 - Advanced Statistical Process Analysis
  • ECE 9056 - Linear Systems and Modern Control Theory
  • ECE 9023 - Random Signals, Adaptive and Kalman Filtering
  • MME 9601 - Design and Manufacturing
  • MME 9602 - Engineering Materials

C - Four half-courses in Engineering in Medicine

Students who satisfy the course prerequisites and obtain permission from both the instructor and the Associate Chair (Graduate), may substitute up to 2 courses in category C with advanced graduate-level courses offered through the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program of the Home Department.

  • CBE 9245 - Cellular Bioengineering
  • CBE 9250 - Advanced Biomaterials Engineering
  • ECE 9151 - Advanced Medical Mechatronics Design
  • BIOMED 9502 - Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems
  • MME 9525/BIOMED 9520 - Fundamentals of BioMEMS
  • MME 9511/BIOMED 9505 - Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System

D - Two half-courses in Professional Engineering (offered in Summer term)

  • ENGSCI 9010 - Intellectual Property for Engineers
  • ENGSCI 9185 - Risk Assessment and Management in Engineering Systems
  • ENGSCI 9501 - Engineering Business
  • ENGSCI 9510 - Engineering Planning and Project Management
  • ENGSCI 9670 - Engineering Communications

E - M.Eng. Project in a related area (equivalent to 2 course credits)

    • ECE 9000 - MEng Project in Electical and Computer Engineering
    • CBE 9882 - MEng Project in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    • MME 9600 - MEng Project in Mechanical and Materials Engineering

    In consultation with the Associate Chair (Graduate), a student may be permitted to substitute 2 advanced graduate courses for the MEng project.