Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Biomedical Engineering

Master of Engineering Science (MESc)



Meet John Iyaniwura, MESc candidate in Biomedical Engineering

“Western provides students with a platform for success, but graduate school is what you put in, so be prepared to work hard, and, in turn, reap the benefits of that hard work.”

Supervisor: Hanif M. Ladak

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The biomedical engineering program allows students to engage in practical and applicable research. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The Robarts Research Institute and University Hospital allow for direct application of my research. It also provides the opportunity for input from medical practitioners.

Describe your research.
I am trying to develop and implement software algorithms that automatically identify features of the human anatomy in medical images. My research looks at CT images of the auditory system to help improve the preoperative process for cochlear implants.

Where is “home” for you?
Home, to me, is where my family is. For the past 12 years that has been Ottawa, Ontario; however, I was born and raised in Nigeria.

Do you belong to any university or community groups?

I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Club (BME), which is a great way to interact with my fellow classmates. I’m also affiliated with the African Student Association (ASA), which allows me to connect to my cultural background, and experience other African cultures in the process.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Make sure you focus on the research that you have an interest in, and let that guide you in your selection process. In addition, meet with professors, as well as lab members, to get their objective input on the lab and the research it conducts.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Christine Ellwood (bmegrad@uwo.ca)
Program Coordinator

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program

Western University
Claudette MacKay Lassonde Pavilion, Room 1335
London, Ontario N6A 5B9

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84288

MESc & PhD graduate degree programs in Biomedical Engineering with specializations in Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and Imaging.

Biomedical Engineering is a program that promotes the cooperative involvement of clinical and basic researchers in allied disciplines such as imaging, biomaterials, biomechanics and robotics. This program encourages multidisciplinary links between the faculties of Engineering, Medicine & Dentistry, and Health Sciences, Robarts Research Institute and London Health Research Institute, and Western’s teaching hospitals.

Times to Completion

  • 6 Terms (2 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 80% (A-) average in the undergraduate degree.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9, with no minimum score below 6.0. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • <;i>The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Western English Language Centre Western's English Language Centre allows academically eligible students interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Western the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to graduate studies without successful completion of an English language proficiency test. The condition is that the student must, in lieu of such a test, successfully complete Western English Language Centre's program. For more information, please visit http://englishlanguage.uwo.ca/.
  • CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending CultureWorks completion.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Application Deadline(s)


  • March 1 - Summer term
  • July 1 - Fall term
  • November 1 - Winter term

Fields of Research

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Imaging and Robotics