Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the School of Biomedical Engineering has the following requirements for the PhD program.

Students will be accepted into the PhD program from a Masters degree from an accredited program. Transfer from the MASc program will only be considered for exceptional students who have completed at least 15 credit hours and passed a PhD Transfer Examination.

Degree Requirements

  1. Normally 12 credit hours.
  2. Attendance and participation in the SBME Seminar Program, and annual Research Day.
  3. Successful completion of a PhD Candidacy Examination.
  4. Successful completion and examination of a PhD research thesis.
  5. Presentation of research work at one or more national or international conferences.
  6. Submission or publication of at least one research paper in a refereed journal.

Financial Support

Students accepted into the MASc or PhD program in the School of Biomedical Engineering will be offered a stipend to support their graduate studies. Minimum stipends are consistent with Faculty of Medicine and university levels and can come from external or Dalhousie scholarships or through financial support from the supervisor's research funding. Major sources for scholarships include awards from NSERC, CIHR, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships, and internal awards including the Dalhousie Killam Scholarship, Faculty of Graduate Studies scholarships, and Faculty of Engineering scholarships. PhD scholarship awardees from NSERC (PGSD, CGSD, Vanier CGS), CIHR (Doctoral, CGSD, Vanier CGS) and Killam (Doctoral) also receive the President's Award from Dalhousie which covers tuition costs. Applicants should be aware that major scholarship deadlines begin in the fall of the previous year for a September start.