Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering

A unique integrated program delivered jointly by the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences, merging Engineering Physics with biomedical insights to tackle complex engineering problems.

5 years
Bachelor of Engineering & Biomedical Engineering (Co-op Available)
Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences (iBioMed)


Human health

The Biomedical Engineering option in the Department of Engineering Physics emphasizes the fundamental medical physics that relates to new technologies, as well as its application to practical problems in human health.

Micro- and nano-sensors

Engineering Physics is involved in the development and application of micro- and nano-sensors for the detection of DNA, proteins, viruses, and other biological materials.

Admission requirements

Academic Prerequisites

This is an above level 1 specialization that requires successful completion of the iBioMed 1 (IBEHS1) general first year.

Use the Future Students admissions tool for entry requirements.

Co-op and experiential learning

Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format to gain valuable experience.

The Engineering Co-op Program is an optional program which provides you with the opportunity to work in real engineering positions before you graduate. The Undergraduate Co-op Program is administered by the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Department (ECCS).

Example employers:

  • IBM
  • Hydro One
  • Amec-NSS
  • Hatch Associates
  • Intel
  • Bell Canada
  • Texas Instruments
  • Bombardier Aerospace

Learn more about co-op.

McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success.

  • Engineering Physics Society
  • McMaster Rocketry Team
  • McMaster Solar Car Team
  • McMaster NEUDOSE Team

Browse opportunities to get involved and gain experience.

The iBioMed program at McMaster provides hands-on learning from the start, with students tackling real-world projects, pitching ideas, and building prototypes. They progress through project-based courses, culminating in a comprehensive Capstone Design Project, and showcase their work in iBioMed Showcases. This practical experience, captured in personalized portfolios, equips them with leadership skills and a problem-solving mindset, making them excellent candidates for co-op positions and future leadership roles.

Find out more

Career paths:

  • Multidisciplinary Design Engineer
  • Director of Business Development
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Project Engineer
  • Optical Engineer

Research areas:

  • Nanotechnology, biological and chemical sensors, biomedical engineering, and solar electricity
  • Laser applications, ultrafast laser fabrication, advanced displays, optical design and instrumentation, biophotonics, advanced microscopy
  • Nuclear reactor engineering and safety, thermalhydraulics, nuclear waste management

How to apply

Understand every step, from applying, to accepting your offer and joining us on campus!

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