Frequently asked questions
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.
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 personal statement in the space provided. This should explain why you believe that you are suitable for the course and why you wish to study it. Provide evidence to support any claims that you make in your personal statement.
- Please state clearly in your application which stream(s) 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.
How can I decide which MSc stream to apply for?
Each of the streams of our MSc Biomedical Engineering programme includes core modules and elective options. The core modules across the streams are largely similar, but the elective options differ. If in doubt about which stream to choose, the Admissions Tutor can advise you. During the application process, applicants are welcome to state their choices (if already decided) in the statement or email us. By the second week (mid-October) after start of studies, students will be asked to finalise their stream choice. Changes at a later stage are not likely possible.
- If your preference is for advanced biomechanics or mechanobiology, and if your undergraduate degree includes a qualification in mechanics, you should apply for the Biomechanics stream.
- If your preference is for biomaterials and/or tissue engineering, you should consider the Biomaterials stream.
- If your preference is for medical imaging, you should apply for the Medical Physics stream.
- If you are interested specifically in applications of engineering to studying and repairing the brain, and in subjects such as Brain Machine Interfaces and Computational Neuroscience, then choose the Neurotechnology stream.
You should take into account the entry requirements for each stream, and the modules that you will be allowed to study, when making your decision.
If in doubt about which stream to choose, the Admissions Tutor can advise you.
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 purpose of filling in the online application form, you can simply enter the desired admission date as 1 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 MSc 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.
What is the deadline for sending in my application for the MSc course?
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
I want to apply for this coming October, but I will not be receiving my degree results until after 1 May. What should I do?
Send in your application, filling in the details of your pending degree and the expected date of your results. Your degree certificate and transcript can follow on when they become available.
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.
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.
IELTS results can be verified online. The address is: Engineering Amissions, Imperial College London, Sherfield Building Level 3, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ. Please state your College identifyer (CID).
Are there any Scholarships or Studentships that I can apply for?
The Department of Bioengineering has 5 partial scholarships (£5000 each) for this course. These scholarships provide partial funding for students undertaking the one-year MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London on a full-time basis commencing in October 2016.
Scholarships may be awarded to any student regardless of country of origin, but are unlikely to be awarded to those who already have external funding for the course. Selection will be based on academic excellence, however an applicant’s financial need may also be considered; for this reason applicants will normally summarise their financial circumstances clearly in their application.
All applications are automatically considered for the Santander and Departmental Scholarships. The Scholarship Panel use your admission application and references to assess your academic merit and potential in April/May and successful applicants will be notified by early June.
To be eligible you must have applied for the course, and be holding an offer by the 31 March 2016. Applicants who meet these criteria will then be automatically put forward and will be notified if they are successful.
There are also several national and international scholarships for which you could compete. The Scholarships section of the College Admission Office can advise you about these, but first please consult the relevent sections of the postgraduate prospectus. You should also check sources of funding in your country of origin.
Finally, there is also the governmental postgraduate loan scheme for which residence under 30 years of age may apply. 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.
Can I do my MSc project with an external company or organisation?
Yes, this may be possible. There is an approval process to go through; some of our students do complete their research project externally. This is something that can be discussed once the project selection process begins.
What will my degree certificate state when I graduate?
The official degree title stated on your degree certificate is: MSc & DIC in Biomedical Engineering. The DIC (Diploma of Imperial College) is automatically awarded to all successful Master's students. The degree certificate does not state your chosen stream.