Overview of MEMP Degree Requirements

Overview (PDFs)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

MEMP students earning a degree through MIT complete a program of study in their chosen engineering or physical science concentration area consisting of minimum of four classes and 42 units --- from a single concentration area approved by their academic advisor. 
MEMP students earning their degree through Harvard must meet the PhD coursework requirements of either the Biophysics Program or the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).

Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Coursework

All MEMP students gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of medical science through a sequence of preclinical courses followed by immersive clinical experiences.

Biomedical Sciences Coursework

Each MEMP student takes three core biomedical sciences courses and two biomedical sciences restricted electives, selected depending on their particular interests.

Clinical Coursework

Students complete a six-week course where they learn to do a complete medical history and physical exam, followed by a six-week clerkship in medicine where they serve as full-time members of a ward team and participate in longitudinal patient care. Through these experiences students become familiar with the clinical decision-making process and broad economic, ethical, and sociological issues involved in patient care.

Professional Skills Development

Students take two seminar classes that help them integrate engineering, science and clinical perspectives while also developing professional skills that prepare them to become independent investigators at the interface of technology and medicine. The seminars introduce students to the breadth of research areas in biomedical engineering and sciences and also cover technical communication skills, responsible conduct of research and other professional development topics.

HST500: Introduction to (Bio) Medical Engineering and Medical Physics

All MEMP students are required to take HST500 during the spring semester of their first year.  In the unusual case where a student is approved to defer HST.500, it must be taken in the second year and prior to the oral qualifying exam.

HST590: Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series

All MEMP students must complete four semesters of HST590, including one semester focused on responsible conduct of research. Other semesters typically include topics such as global health and mini MBA.

Qualifying Exams

Each MEMP student earning a degree through MIT must complete a two-stage qualifying process. In the first stage, students demonstrate their technical qualification based on their performance in classes selected for their concentration area and in Human Pathology, which is part of the core biomedical science requirement. Students who successfully complete their technical qualification take the oral portion of the doctoral qualifying exam. Students typically complete their qualifying exams at the end of their 4th semester, and must do so no later than the end of their 6th semester. 
MEMP students earning their degrees at Harvard must pass the doctoral qualifying exams offered by Harvard's Biophysics Program or SEAS.
Successful completion of the qualifying exam is a prerequisite for enrolling in the clinical coursework and for scheduling a thesis proposal defense.

Doctoral Thesis

Each MEMP student must complete and defend a doctoral thesis to complete their degree. More information about doctoral thesis requirements is in the HST PhD Thesis Guide. Students earning their degrees at Harvard follow departmental thesis procedures defined by Biophysics or SEAS whenever the procedures differ from the HST guidelines.
For more information about the MEMP curriculum, contact:
Dr. Julie Greenberg
Director of Education
MIT Room E25-518 
77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139