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 specialization 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.

Specialization Requirements

A - Engineering Science Courses (Choose 2)

  • CBE 9170 - Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • CBE 9190 - Advanced Statistical Process Analysis
  • ECE 9506 - Linear Systems and Modern Control Theory
  • ECE 9023 - Random Signals, Adaptive and Kalman Filtering
  • MME 9601 - Design and Manufacturing
    MME 9602 - Engineering Materials

B - Professional Engineering Courses (Choose 2)

Please note:Professional Engineering Courses are offered in the summer term only.

  • 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

C - Engineering in Medicine Courses (Choose 4)

  • 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 9640/BIOMED 9645 - Medical and Assistive Devices
  • MME 9511/BIOMED 9505 - Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System

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

D - M.Eng. Project in a related area (equivalent to 2 courses)

  • ECE 9000 - MEng Project in Electical and Computer Engineering
  • CBE 9881 and 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) and Specialization Director, a student may be permitted to substitute 2 advanced graduate courses for the MEng project.