Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

51-54 with B.S. 41-44 with M.S.
Gain hands-on experience researching and creating innovative devices and equipment that improve patient care and advance human health.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Texas is committed to educating and creating well-rounded, knowledgeable biomedical engineers who are passionate about improving the quality of life for people in Texas, the United States and the world.

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Why Earn a degree in Biomedical Engineering?

An increased emphasis on health care, innovative engineering and technological advances have contributed to the rising demand for biomedical engineers. With a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical engineering from UNT, you’ll be prepared for an engineering career that solves societal problems, advances technology and improves the quality of life for people everywhere.

As a UNT biomedical engineering graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty who are conducting innovative research in biomaterials, biomedical instrumentation, nanotechnology and biomechanics. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with faculty members at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

The College of Engineering has state-of-the-art instructional facilities and top-ranked research laboratories. With cutting-edge research equipment, our labs offer exciting possibilities for study and discovery. You can also work with faculty members researching:

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Nanotechnology and nanomedicine

Our student-focused program offers several pathways to help you further your academic and career goals. We offer the following sub-tracks:

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Biocomputing
  • Biotechnology
  • Music in Medicine

You will earn a graduate minor in one of these disciplines in addition to your Ph.D. The graduate minor will enable students to gain a depth of knowledge in your area of research, thus making them valued subject matter experts.

Marketable Skills
  • Problem identification and literature survey
  • Independent research ability
  • Medical device or process innovation allied with entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge of FDA requirements
  • Analytical Skills

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Highlights

Our new Ph.D. program offers two tracks: a traditional research track that will help you progress toward your academic career goals and a one-of-a-kind health care start-up track that will help you launch that biomedical engineering business.
UNT is a Carnegie Ranked Tier One public research university.
Inside research labs, faculty investigate exoskeleton technology that may someday help people with limited mobility; develop nanotechnology and optics to diagnose cancer; and biopolymers and flexible bioelectronics that may help doctors deliver medications and manage illnesses.
Our 26,250-square-foot building is located on UNT’s Discovery Park campus and provides faculty and students with modern classrooms, research labs, facilities for microscopy, cell culture and optics as well as teaching labs and a senior design lab.
The new labs feature hi-tech instruments such as a bio 3D printer that prints cells mimicking human tissue and a 3D virtual dissection table that allows students to delve inside the human body without a scalpel.
Faculty and students in UNT’s Department of Biomedical Engineering are heavily involved in research and project-based learning initiatives.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Biomedical Engineering?

The U.S. Department of Labor expects biomedical engineering to grow at an above-average rate and become the fastest-growing engineering field over the next decade.

Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Biomedical Nanotechnology Compatibility (3 hrs)
Provides an overview of structure and functions of DNA, protein and cell, advanced micro-/nanoengineering technology and characterization methods. Also addresses major areas in biomedical sectors, influenced by developments in nanotechnology.
Biomolecular Engineering (3 hrs)
Engineering biomolecular components provides a means to create novel, programmable functions in cells and other biological systems. These components can be proteins with different biological roles and other macromolecules. The advent of biomolecular engineering leads to emerging strategies of protein design and protein construction. This course discusses these strategies in the aspects of designing macromolecules, generating libraries of these parts, and screening desirable candidates. Additionally, it aims to train students in reading, analyzing and discussing materials from academic research articles.
Applications of Biomedical MEMS (3 hrs)
Addresses advances in the science and technology of miniaturization and its applications in biomedical engineering. Advanced techniques to create submicron electromechanical and fluidic architectures, with hands-on lab practice and software modeling. Different types of lithography methods are presented and different techniques such as chemical etching and reactive ion etching are discussed. Applications in bio micro-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS) are also discussed in different subjects, such as biosensors, microfluidics and BioMEMS for diagnosis and tissue engineering.
Medical Imaging (3 hrs)
Study of the basics of information detection, processing and presentation of medical imaging. An overview of various medical imaging techniques such as CT, MRI and PET.
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3 hrs)
Selected topics of contemporary interest in biomedical engineering.
Translational Biomedical Engineering (3 hrs)
Introduction to the pathway of taking one’s research innovation from the laboratory to commercialization. Topics include FDA regulatory pathways, requirements for product approval; development of a business plan and understanding the investor environment.

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