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March 01, 2022

(photo: UVic’s new Master of Engineering in Biomedical Systems is training the next generation of health leaders and experts.)

UVic’s new Master of Engineering in Biomedical Systems aims to provide students with a competitive knowledge base and skill set so they can innovate and lead in the fields of medical devices and biomedical systems.

“This professional degree will give students the experience and knowledge they need to leverage their careers or take a new direction in the emerging arenas of biomedicine,” says Christopher Dennison, program director of UVic Biomedical Engineering.

The degree program will supply additional skills sought by employers looking to hire talent in the growing biotechnology and biomedical device industry, both in BC and Canada. One of these employers is Victoria-based StarFish Medical, one of BC’s largest medical device companies.

“Development of medical devices requires specialized, cross-disciplined expertise,” says Jordan Haas, Mechanical Engineering Manager at StarFish. “The master’s degree in biomedical systems provides students with the necessary additional skills and technical background and is an asset for us when hiring.”

UVic Special Advisor on Health Research Nathan Lachowsky says he’s excited about the new master’s program.

“This innovative new program advances UVic's Health Initiative, and our commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary training of the next generation of health leaders and experts,” says Nathan.

“This new master’s program is a wonderful example of research-enriched teaching, which reflects our UVic health research strengths in biomedical technologies focused on impacting real-world problems related to human health and disease.”

The program’s first cohort starts in September 2022. Applications are open and international students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow for student visa processing times.

For more information, please visit the Biomedical Engineering Program site and the Graduate Admissions and Records Office site, or contact Katharine Waring, BME program coordinator.

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