Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
The application process is done electronically through the College Postgraduate Admissions webpage. Here you will find all the necessary information and instructions to apply. However, you must visit our research pages and the list of staff and their interests before applying to ensure that there is a suitable project available for you. From these pages you will be able to see what sort of research is being carried out in the department and identify who you might like to work with as a potential supervisor and in what area. Please ensure that you state your proposed supervisor and research topic on the application form
I don't know which academic member of staff I wish to be supervised by...
As stated above please visit our research and academic staff web pages to help you decide. If you wish to informally contact an academic member of staff by email it is helpful that you attach an up to date CV. Please do not submit an application without getting in touch with an academic member of staff first.
MRes and PhD Programmes (1+3 degrees)
Any of our MRes programmes (MRes Bioengineering or MRes Medical Device Design) can form the first year of effectively a 4 year PhD (1 year MRes + 3 year Phd), but you have to apply for each programme separately. The application is done through Imperial’s central service. Admissions on the MRes does not necessarily mean admissions to the PhD programme.
All of this, of course, requires that Imperial's entry criteria are met: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications are accepted all year round and will be considered on a case by case rolling basis. The deadline for applications is 31st July.
I have filled in my application, but do I need to send the two reference letters with it?
No. The Admissions Office will contact your two nominated referees electronically. They will send their letters on to the College independently.
What starting date must I put on the application form?
The course starts in early October each year, and finishes in late September of the following year. The exact dates vary from year to year. For the purposes of filling in the online application form, you can simply enter the desired admission date as the 1st October of the year in which you require to enter, and the Admissions Office will put in the actual session date.
I am a student from outside the UK. How can I find out if my degree meets the entry requirements for the MRes course?
Broadly, we require a degree in engineering, a physical science or life science at a level equivalent to a UK First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree. For life science graduates, we also require a reasonable standard of mathematical ability. However, there is wide variation between universities and so several different criteria are applied by the College. Therefore the only sure way to determine your eligibility is to submit your online application form, with your degree transcript if available.
I have got my degree but I still need to take an English Language test (IELTS or TOEFL). Can I send in my application before I take the test?
Yes. Do not delay sending in your application, since the evaluation process can begin while we are waiting for your English Language test result. However, you will need to send the ORIGINAL, not a copy, of your test certificate to the Admissions Office before a final decision on your application can be made and notified to you.
Can I opt to study part-time?
We only offer the course on a full-time basis.
Are there any tips to ensure that my application is successful?
Every application is carefully considered on its merits. To maximise your chances of success, you should ensure that you do the following:
- Sign and date the declaration
- Supply a clear and concise Personal Statement in the space provided. Consider your aptitude and motivation for applying for the course, your academic and/or career plans as well as your research interests. Explain why the Department of Bioengineering/Imperial College London would help you achieve your research/career goals
- Include your email address (the electronic form has a space for it)
- Include the email addresses of your two referees
- Complete the section which details how your studies will be financially supported
Are there any funding opportunities for which I can apply
Unfortunately, we do not offer funding for the MRes Bioengineering. However, residents under 30 years of age may apply for the governmental postgraduate loan scheme. Please also see the central Fees and Funding webpage for further details and updates on the scheme. You may also find the College’s Scholarship Search Tool helpful