Master of Health Science in Clinical Engineering (MHSc)


  • complete in two years of full-time study
  • learn through courses and gain experience through internships and a research thesis
  • fast-track into the new PhD concentration in clinical engineering
  • work with some of Canada’s top clinical engineers and bioengineers
  • study just steps from some of the country’s greatest healthcare facilities

Established in 1984 by the Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), the Master of Health Science Program (MHSc) in Clinical Engineering at the University of Toronto was the first of its kind in Canada and continues to be the country’s leading program. Hundreds of engineers who have graduated from the innovative program are changing the face of health care.

This two-year, full-time program combines academic courses with internships and a research thesis. Through instruction, interdisciplinary research and practical hands-on training, you get the chance to generate solutions to clinical challenges, enhance patient safety and strengthen the role of technology-mediated health care.

Your coursework includes a range of bioengineering and clinical engineering courses and seminars. These are led by some of the country’s top doctors and researchers.

A unique component of the MHSc is the series of internship placements. They represent more than 1,200 hours working in a range of environments, from world-class hospitals in downtown Toronto to international placements with the World Health Organization and leading healthcare manufacturers. There is also a clinical engineering research thesis representing an original body of written work.

IBBME also offers a clinical engineering concentration at the PhD level. MHSc students can request a transfer to the PhD in their first year of study.

Areas of Study:

The MHSc can only be pursued through the Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME).

Time for Completion:

The MHSc is a two year program that must be taken on a full-time basis.

New Clinical Engineering PhD Concentration

A new concentration in Clincal Engineering will allow doctoral candidates to pursue this unique sub-specialty of Biomedical Engineering, with a specific emphasis on enhancing patient safety, quality of care and quality of life, and to be prepared to meet the increasing demand for clinical engineers as leaders in research and innovation. More information is available on the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering website.