Frequently asked questions
MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship FAQ
How do I apply?
An application needs to be made electronically through the College Postgraduate Admissions webpage. Here you will find all the necessary information and instructions to apply. After a first eligibility assessment done by the central admissions team, an application is sent through to the department. Once this happened, Professor Moore helps match the applicant up with an appropriate project and supervisor.
We suggest that applicants visit our research pages and the list of academic staff before applying, so you can name a few potential supervisors in your statement of purpose, and explain why. From these pages you will be able to see what kind of research is being carried out in our Department and identify who you might like to work with as a potential supervisor.
Are there any funding opportunities for which I can apply?
The Department of Bioengineering offers a limited number of £5,000 bursaries to outstanding applicants. Every applicant is automatically considered based on academic merit and prospect.
Furthermore, 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.
What type of projects are available?
Project ideas usually form between April and August. Ideally, the applicant's eligibility and suitability should have been assessed by then, so applying early enough is still advisable (see first FAQ on 'How to apply'). Below is a list of previous projects:
-Parkinson’s diagnosis device.
-Catheter-based AV fistula.
-Lymph node implant.
-Wound care patch for diabetic ulcers.
-Stroke rehabilitation robot.
-Arthritis rehabilitation robot.
Since there is a lot of diversity, we suggest you have a look through the academic staff research pages and then let us know which areas and academics interest you most. The programme director Professor Jimmy Moore is then helping find projects that would be appropriate for the programme.
What is the deadline for applications? Can I opt to study part-time?
Applications are accepted between November and July and will be considered on a case by case rolling basis. The deadline for applications is 31st July. However, we advice applicants that they apply as early as possible as the limited number of available places might be all allocated by the time we reach June or early July.
The start date is always October, which is the start of Autumn term, and we offer the course on a full-time basis only.
The College publishes term dates here: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/registry/currentstudents/termdates
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.
MRes + 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.
For the MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship, you should identify a potential supervisor beforehand by having a look at the research areas of the staff in Bioengineering and then approaching them to discuss potential projects. Alternatively, mentioning potential supervisors in the statement of purpose when applying helps the programme director find and match suitable projects, considering the applicant's background, interest and qualification.
All of this, of course, requires that Imperial's entry criteria are met: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/
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 clear indication of what research area and potential supervisor you are interested in.
- 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.