Program Requirements—MHSc

Program Structure

The program requirements for the MHSc in Clinical Engineering includes the completion of (1) academic courses, (2) a research thesis and (3) a series of internships.


MHSc in Clinical Engineering students must complete the following 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCE). Courses are usually completed within the first eight months of the two-year program.

  1. BME 1010/1011H—Graduate Student Seminar Series (0.5 FCE)
  2. BME 1405H—Clinical Engineering Instrumentation I (0.5 FCE)
  3. BME 1436H—Clinical Engineering Surgery (0.5 FCE)
  4. BME 1439H—Clinical Engineering Instrumentation II (0.5 FCE)
  5. BME 1450H—Bioengineering Science (0.5 FCE)
  6. JDE 1000H—Ethics in Research (0.5 FCE)
  7. JPB 1022H—Human Physiology as Related to Bioengineering or equivalent (0.5 FCE)
  8. Technical elective (0.5 FCE)

Research Thesis

MHSc in Clinical Engineering students are required to complete a research thesis and an oral defence.

Students are encouraged to formulate a thesis topic and secure a research supervisor in conjunction with your graduate studies application to aid in an effective start in the program.

Thesis Requirements

The MHSc Clinical Engineering research thesis is an original body of work in the field of clinical engineering. Examination of the candidate will be based on both an oral presentation and a written thesis.

The candidate’s thesis progress will be monitored via an annual supervisory committee meeting. This committee will consist of the students’ primary supervisor (SGS appointed faculty) and two additional voting members (both of whom must be SGS appointed).

Completion of the MHSc in Clinical Engineering requires the submission of a written thesis and an oral defense of the candidate’s thesis work.

An examination committee is required to preside over the final oral defense and will consist of no less than four faculty members who bear an SGS appointment. The committee will be comprised of the students’ supervisory committee, plus one independent examiner (with an SGS appointment) knowledgeable in the field.


The BME 4444H—Practice in Clinical Engineering is a 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) completed over two to three separate internships.

Students can commence placements upon completion of all academic course requirements (after the first eight months of the two-year program).

MHSc candidates are required to complete a total of 1,225 internship hours, which is the equivalent of approximately eight months full-time work. Students can complete these hours through two to three different internships, either full or part-time, but usually follow start times of January, May and/or September.

Full-time positions are usually undertaken in four-month periods as MHSc students are required to produce a full master’s research thesis.

Internships can be located in Toronto, around Canada or internationally.

Positions are posted on Blackboard as they become available. Students may also seek out their own suitable placements, but final approval from the Academic Programs Office is required.

Please complete the MHSc Internship Student Information Form and submit it to the Academic Programs Office via