Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (MSc in BMED) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Biomedical Engineering. The MSc in BMED gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad fields of BME (Biomedical Engineering) and contributes to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University

The educational goals (objectives) of the MSc Biomedical Engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Are able to apply their training on the interface of engineering, medicine and science in an ethical, creative, and innovative manner to solve problems related to health and healthcare that are locally and globally relevant.
  2. Are recognized as leaders in their respective careers in biomedical engineering in industry, hospitals and clinical practice, government, and academia.
  3. Engage in life-long learning by continuing their education in graduate or professional schools or through career development and professional training.

A student graduating with the M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced biomedical engineering and science problems and apply current engineering and science tools and techniques.
  2. Conduct interdisciplinary research; design and conduct experiments, manage, analyze, interpret data and disseminate research results.
  3. Function in team environments and communicate effectively with engineering, medical and science stakeholders and communities.
  4. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the fields of biomedical engineering, science and medicine and develop an aptitude for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  5. Understand and apply professional and ethical standards in local and global frameworks.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (BMED) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of BMED Master’s Thesis work. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in BMED degree program structure and requirements.  All the M.Sc. in BMED program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in BMED Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Seminar in Research Methods 0
Program Electives 12
BMED Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in BMED must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The M.Sc. in BMED degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 4 core courses, and the research seminar course which has zero credit rating.  The courses are specified below.

  1. Program Core Courses (12 credits):

Students to complete the following listed courses:

  • BMED 600 Physiological Systems
  • BMED 601 Experimental Biochemistry
  • BMED603/ESMA 617 Innovation and Creativity in Technology Organizations
  • BMED 604 Multivariate Statistics and Data Analysis
  1. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The BMED program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • BMED 631 Advanced Biosignal Processing
  • BMED 632 Physiological Control Systems
  • BMED 633 Advanced Rehabilitation Engineering
  • BMED 611 Clinical Pathology
  • BMED 612 Molecular Genetics & Genome Technologies
  • BMED634/ COSC 620 Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • BMED635/ESMA 673 Healthcare Information Systems
  • ENGR 602 Engineering Numerical Methods

BMED 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of BMED, under the direct supervision of a main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the BMED Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.  Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled on the M.Sc. in BMED program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • BMED Core course 1
  • BMED Core course 2
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • BMED Core course 3
  • BMED Core course 4
  • Elective course 2
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis

 

Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • BMED Core course 1
  • BMED Core course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • BMED Core course 3
  • BMED Core course 4
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective course 3
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
  • BMED 699 Master’s Thesis
Category Credits Required
Program Core 3
Seminar in Research Methods 0
Program Electives 9
Master’s Thesis 24
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. by Research in Engineering must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The program core consists of one course of engineering mathematics and a zero credit seminar in research methods course.

I. Engineering Mathematics Courses (3 credits)

Students must select one course from the list below. Other engineering mathematics courses offered by the University may be selected subject to the approval of the student advisor, program chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

  • MATH 601 Engineering Mathematical Analysis
  • MATH 602 Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • MATH 604 Multivariate Data Analysis
  • ENGR 605 Optimization Methods for Engineers

II. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits (3 courses) of technical engineering electives. The courses must be selected from the list of technical engineering courses offered by the various MSc programs in the College of Engineering. The selected courses must be related to the engineering discipline the student will pursue research in.  They will also need to be approved by the student advisor and the program chair.

Engineering Master’s Thesis

ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis (24 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves significant creative, research-oriented work within the particular engineering field of interest, under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor. The student must submit a formal report at the end of each semester that details the progress made in the research and the plans for the following semester. The thesis advisors assess the reports and approve the submission of the final thesis. During the final semester, the research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. by Research in Engineering program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Technical engineering elective course 1
  • Technical engineering elective course 2
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics course
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Technical engineering elective course 3
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Technical engineering elective course 1
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics course
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Technical engineering elective course 2
  • Technical engineering elective course 3
Year 2
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis
  • ENGR 699 Engineering Master’s Thesis