Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 9058 Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

The doctoral program is primarily for students who wish to develop independent research and problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. Research areas must be related to the faculty's interests.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements and the application process are presented in the Academic Overview section.

Degree Requirements

The degree of doctor of philosophy is conferred primarily in recognition of creative accomplishment and the ability to investigate scientific or engineering problems independently, rather than for completion of a definite curriculum. The program consists of advanced studies and research leading to a significant contribution to the knowledge of a particular problem. A student's research may have analytical, computational or experimental components, or some combination of these. Each student is expected to complete an approved program of study beyond that required for a master's degree as determined by the dissertation committee, pass the comprehensive examination (written and oral), present a dissertation proposal acceptable to the student's committee, complete a program of significant original research and prepare and defend a dissertation detailing the research. All students are required to register for and attend the zero-credit Biomedical Engineering Seminar (BME 5900) every semester.

The program consists of a minimum of 42 semester credit hours of study beyond the master's degree, of which at least 18 semester credit hours shall be for dissertation registration. The comprehensive examination is given when in the judgment of the student's advisory committee the student has completed significant coursework in the major area, mathematics and initiated doctoral research. The examination must normally be taken before the end of the student's fourth academic semester after admission into the doctoral program. The written portion of the examination consists of individual parts given by each member of the advisory committee. The written portion of the comprehensive examination is followed by an oral component that provides the advisory committee an opportunity for a more in-depth assessment of the student's readiness for doctoral candidacy. Subsequent to completion of both written and oral components of the comprehensive examination, a dissertation proposal must be submitted to the student's advisory committee for evaluation. On determining the proposed research is of doctoral quality and completion is feasible, the student is advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree.


The doctoral program of study must be approved by the student's advisory committee and the program chair. Considerable latitude is allowable in course selection, although appropriate advanced coursework is expected to form a part of the student's program. Dissertation credits and coursework below represent a minimum and the committee may require additional credits if they believe sufficient work has not been completed.

Coursework and Dissertation Summary
  • Doctoral coursework beyond master's degree (minimum) Credit Hours: 18
  • Doctoral research and dissertation (minimum) Credit Hours: 18
Total Minimum Beyond the Master's Degree: 42