Headstart 2015

Headstart Summer School students pose with the prosthetic arms they made in the bioengineering session

Imperial Festival 2015- app

Staff demonstrate latest technology at Imperial Festival

SynBio workshop

Year 10 students brainstorm engineering solutions to global issues with the 2014 iGEM team

festival 2015- CBIS

PhD student explains his research to members of the public at the Imperial Festival

Sutton trust

Year 12 Sutton Trust students find out about biosensor research in the Department

Eng Sum Sch

Engineering Summer School students test out the oculus rift as part of the bioengineering session.

Sutton Trust

Y12 students on the final day of the Sutton Trust Summer School

Information for Schools

What is bioengineering?

Bioengineering is at the interface between engineering and medicine, by applying engineering skills we are able to solve biological and medical problems. In the Department we cover the three main areas of the discipline:

1. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING:
Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.

2. BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING:
Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.

3. BIOMIMETICS:
Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

Talks in schools

propsA representative from the Department is happy to come out and do talk about bioengineering in a school.  We are particularly keen to work with Y9-11 age groups as it is provides us with the opportunity to speak abotu the importance of studying both maths and physics at A-level, which are our core required subjects.  

Please contact the outreach manager to arrange a suitable date. 

HE Advisors

The Department presents annually at the HE advisors day organised by Imperial and is often invited to speak at UCAS events. 

Key information for HE advisors

codingMaths and physics are core requirements for studying Biomedical Engineering at Imperial, so students should be encouraged to study these through to A-level (or equivalent). If you have students who are interested in both engineering and medicine, biomedical engineering may be exactly what they are interested in studying. If you want to know more about the biomedical engineering course at Imperial you are welcome to come and visit us or contact our admissions tutor Liam Madden

Open Days

opendayYou can find out more about the Department at the Undergraduate Open Days in September and June each year. These include a stand in the Queens Tower Rooms and a Department session inc. tour.  If you are interested in visiting Imperial outside of these times, please contact the admission tutor, Liam Madden

If you are unable to attend an open day please contact our admissions tutor who will be able to arrange a date and time for you to visit the Department and find out more about the course. 

Summer Schools

The Department is involved in a number of Summer Schools annually, these include:

  • Headstart (for Y12 pupils age 16-17)
  • Engineering Summer School for 11-14 year old girls (Y7-Y9)
  • Y10 Insights (for 14-15 year olds)
  • Sutton Trust (for Y12 pupils age 16-17)

For further information about all Imperial Summer Schools check out the central Outreach webpages and newsletter. 

Recommended resources

Bioengineering interventions will improve our everyday lives from diagnosing disease earlier, enabling the disabled and improving quality of life in old age. These accessible applications mean bioengineering is a great topic to get students more interested in science, technology, engineering and maths and its relevance to them.  There are lots of resources available online but here are a few we would recommend.


Primary school (age 5-11)Secondary school (age 11-18)
Engineering adventures - a good introduction to engineering for primary age-group  Biobuilder - a good introduction to synthetic biology
National STEM centre - lots of primary science and maths resources available  National STEM centre - lots of secondary science and maths resources available 
I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups
BBC Learning - primary science resources Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - lots of competitions and resources suitable for secondary age-group
Primary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire primary engineers Secondary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire secondary engineers
Crest star - primary students can solve STEM challenges through practical investigation Crest - enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work
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