Biological Engineering (MEng, MASc, PhD)

Biological Engineering applies natural science and engineering principles to the biological world.  As such, Biological Engineering addresses a wide range of problems relating to the environment, food and other biomaterial production and processing, renewable energy and reusable resources.  Emphasis is placed on optimizing design performance in dealing with biological materials and systems while preserving sustainability and protection of the environment.

For the MEng program, students’ admission files are reviewed for two intakes per year, for September and January start dates. Applicants who apply by April 1 will be considered for a September start and will be notified by May 1. Applicants who apply by August 31 will be considered for a January start date and will be notified by October 1. 



Possession of a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie University, in which the language of instruction is English, or four years of full-time post-secondary instruction at a university where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language; otherwise, a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination is required. The Program requirement for the TOEFL is 580.

To be admitted to the MASc or PhD programs, an applicant must be accepted by a professor into his/her research program in addition to meeting the other requirements for admission.

Program requirements

  • The MEng degree requires 9 courses.
  • The MASc degree requires 4 courses and a research thesis.
  • The PhD Degree requires 4 courses if a candidate already has a research Master’s degree; otherwise, it requires 8 courses. An original research thesis is also required.

Length of program

  • MEng - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • MASc - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Research areas

The Biological Engineering program has focused researchi n Environmental Engineering and Biosystems Engineering.  Research projects therefore encompass both specific environmental concerns and the sustainable utilization of natural resources.

The Department has co-operative projects with faculty members in other Universities both locally and internationally.  Opportunities exist to participate in these research projects, which provide wider experience and, in which a specific component leads to Master's or Doctorate degree.

Admission requirements

Contact information

Subject Code: BIOE
Tel: 902-494-1288
Address: Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Studies & Research Office, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street,
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 2X4
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Suzanne Budge
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-4593
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