The Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME) offers a multi-disciplinary programs at the masters and Ph.D. level. The main objective is to enhance students' abilities to solve biological and medical problems through the application of engineering principles. This objective is achieved through a combination of graduate course work, directed and individual study, research thesis work, and various forms of oral and written presentations. OCIBME welcomes applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including: engineering, science, computer science, biomedical sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline.

Research Areas

Medical Instrumentation

Biomedical Image Processing

Biomechanics & Biomaterials

Medical Informatics & Telemedicine

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Each graduate student that has a research thesis or research project must have a supervisor who is a member of the OCIBME (applicants can refer to the membership list) and a faculty member from one of the seven participating units (co-supervision with an adjunct professor or faculty member from another unit is also possible):

The supervisor advises the student on his or her course selection and directs the student's research. The supervisor also often provides financial support to the student to conduct thesis research. Thus, the supervisor's and student's research interests must be consistent. The selection of a supervisor should be made carefully when a choice is possible.


Students should refer to the graduate calendars for the specific program requirement.

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Tuition Fees

The tuition fees charged by the universities are different for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents and for foreign students studying in Canada on student visas (except for those who receive for a Differential Tuition Fee Waiver discussed below). In addition to tuition fees, students must also pay various additional small amounts in 'incidental fees' (which may total up to almost five hundred dollars annually). The tuition fees are adjusted annually by the universities. Tuition fees are charged on a per term basis.

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In 1987, the Province of Ontario instituted a program which allowed some visa students to attend universities in the province and be subject only to the regular fees paid by Canadian students. The program provided each university in the province with a limited number of Differential Tuition Fee Waivers which could be awarded to visa students making the recipient subject only to the Canadian fee levels at the particular university for the period of the award. The recipients of these awards are determined on a university-wide competitive basis by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. The number of these waivers is very limited at both universities, so obtaining a Waiver is difficult. No application for these waivers is necessary as all those who are eligible and would require such an award are considered to be put forward by the Institute. All material relating to an application for admission must be received before the end of February to be considered for a Waiver at both universities.

Financial Support

Few full-time graduate students are expected to finance the costs of their graduate education entirely from personal resources. Graduate students may receive financial support in three forms. The first of these is a scholarship for scholastic achievement. Several external agencies provide substantial scholarships for which electrical and computer engineering students are eligible. Most important amongst these are the scholarships provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) (available only to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents).

The Province of Ontario provides a limited number of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) for postgraduate studies in Ontario universities. Preference is given to residents of Ontario, although a small number are also available to foreign students studying in Ontario. The Province of Quebec also provides scholarships through "Le Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies" (FQRNT) to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents resident in Quebec, tenable for graduate studies at the University of Ottawa.

Applications for these scholarships should be made by the end of October through the student's own university. The earliest the scholarships may commence is May of the subsequent year.

Visa students from Commonwealth countries are eligible for Canadian Commonwealth Scholarships. These provide sufficient funding to entirely support a student's graduate program. Students apply for these scholarships through the Commonwealth Scholarships Committee in their home country. Visa students are also frequently fully funded by agencies of their home government for graduate studies abroad. Applicants with external scholarships should provide evidence of the award of the scholarship and provide full details of the scholarship when they apply.

Scholarships are also provided by the universities to students. No application is required to be considered for these as all eligible students are automatically considered by the departments. Applications for admission should be received in full by April to be assured of consideration for such internal scholarships. NSERC and OGS scholarship recipients should note that they ordinarily will be given supplementary scholarships from the universities.

A second source of funding is a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, for which the student is required to assist as a demonstrator and/or marker in an undergraduate course. Please note that tuition fee waivers are not part of any offer of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

The third (and for most full-time students the major source of) funding is a Graduate Research Assistantship which may be provided by the thesis supervisor for assistance in research work.

Although the value of the various forms of support offered by the departments to their students may vary in composition among the three components, the total support does not vary significantly across the Institute.

Visa students should note that the financial support available from the Institute for them is extremely limited and when offered, is usually insufficient to bear the full costs of graduate study. Consequently, such students must be able to supply part of their own funding and will have to provide proof that they have adequate support to be admitted to Canada.

The funding of students is determined by each department. For more information see:

OCIBME - The Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering