Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering

Materials and Biomedical Engineering

A unique integrated program delivered jointly by the Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences, where students gain fundamental knowledge in material structures, properties, and processing to meet clinical challenges in biomaterials.

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


Unique courses

Students will focus on courses in biomaterials development and tissue engineering, materials-tissue interactions, and learn techniques for biomaterials testing and characterization. 

The curriculum

Students will gain the fundamental knowledge in materials structure, properties and processing to address current clinical challenges in biomaterials across a breadth of biomedical fields.

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:

  • Acuren
  • TransCanada
  • GE
  • Xerox
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Magna
  • Huskey Energy
  • UTC Aerospace Systems

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.

  • Materials Science and Engineering Club
  • Baja Racing
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Women in Engineering Society

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

Example career opportunities:

  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Failure Analyst
  • Research Engineer

Research areas:

  • Organic/polymer electronics
  • Polymer fuel cells and systems
  • Lightweight automotive materials
  • Development of sustainable steelmaking processes and products
  • Nano-engineering and thin-films

How to apply

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

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We use innovation, design and problem solving to develop novel materials, characterizing the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials to create reliable, sustainable and efficient alternatives.

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