Your degree in Biomedical Engineering

While studying biomedical engineering, you're learning to apply engineering principles and methods to biological systems to address issues affecting human health. You’ll develop important skills to discover, design, and develop cutting edge solutions to improve patient care, health, and quality of life.

These skills may include:

  • Application of human physiology, medicine, and engineering to develop cell-based therapeutics from gene therapy to tissue engineered organs

  • Collaboration in multidisciplinary teams to design medical diagnostic equipment and clinical instrumentation

  • Analysis of measurements captured from imaging and electronic sensing technologies such as X-rays, MRIs, and wearable sensors

  • In-depth computational analyses and statistical techniques to understand and interpret complex biological processes

  • Application of the principles of biomechanics to enhance prevention and treatment approaches to injuries and diseases such as the design of orthopaedic implants

  • Analysis of patient health care data to understand diseases and pathophysiology using machine learning

  • Usage of specialized instruments, sensors, and computer programming languages

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including healthcare, research, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical equipment and devices, technology support and training, government or regulatory agencies, consulting, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

AI developer

Bioinformatics data scientist

Biomechanical engineer

Biomedical engineer

Biomedical engineering technologist

Biomedical project engineer

Biomedical research engineer

Biomedical signal processing engineer

Clinical biomedical engineer

Engineering scientist


Field services engineer - medical devices

Financial analyst – biotechnology sector

Firmware engineer

Healthcare engineer

Manufacturing engineer

Mechanical design engineer

Mechatronic engineer

Medical device product engineer

Medical doctor

Medical equipment sales representative

Orthopaedic engineer

Product engineer

Product safety engineer - medical

Professor or lecturer

Quality assurance officer

Quality control engineer

R&D engineer

Regulatory affairs officer

Rehabilitation engineer

Risk engineer

Robotics software engineer

Software engineer

Surgical power tools design engineer

Systems engineer

Tissue engineer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student Association
Socialize with students in the program, meet your profs, and network with industry professionals.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association
Join the mentorship program, access professional development opportunities, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Learn about the biomedical field from guest speakers or participate in a lab, hospital, or industry facility tour.

Get involved in the design of biomolecular nanotechnology and compete against teams worldwide.

UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team
Build feasible devices that have the potential to benefit the medical community while developing your technical skills.

Student Biotechnology Network
Explore your interests in the field of biotechnology, meet peers who share your interests, and network with employers.

UBC Technology in Medicine Club
Explore the field of medical technology with peers from the faculty of medicine.

Creative Destruction Lab Health Stream
Get the resources and mentorship support you need to take your health innovation idea to the next level.

UBC Pre-Medical Society
Get advice on how to pursue a career in medicine, access study resources for the MCAT, and learn about the MMI process.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs, and student competitions in life sciences.

Hatching Health
Collaborate with peers from different disciplines to address global healthcare challenges in the annual weekend-long event.

Departmental events
Network with Biomedical Engineering students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in biomedical engineering between study terms.

Provincial Health Services Authority job board
Check out biomedical engineering careers across different provincial agencies providing specialized health-care services.

Neil Squire Society
Volunteer for Makers Making Change to design or build access solutions for people in the community.

BC Children’s Hospital research program
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Engineering World Health
Apply your engineering skills to improve healthcare services in developing countries.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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