Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention

Providing the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

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Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention (MRIGI) are two technology-driven areas of medicine that have experienced tremendous growth and improvement over the last twenty years, partly driven by the surgical aim of progressively less invasive and harmful treatments. This course will provide the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology. All teaching and research will take place in the brand new facilities of the Hamlyn Centre, which was founded by Professor Guang-Zhong Yang and Professor The Lord Ara Darzi, supported by a major endowment from Lady Hamlyn and the Helen Hamlyn Trust, as well as a major medical robotics infrastructure grant from the Wolfson Foundation and the NIHR.

This is a multidisciplinary field and is led by three internationally recognised departments: the Hamlyn Centre for Medical Robotics (part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation), the Department of Surgery and Cancer and the Department of Computing. Taught modules include a mixture of engineering and medical topics such as medical robotics and instrumentation, minimally invasive surgery, surgical imaging and optics, image guided intervention, sensing, perception and neuroergonomics.

Programme structure

Students attending the MRes MRIGI come from a range of backgrounds across science, engineering and medicine, and since the field itself is also very interdisciplinary, the first term consists of five important core classroom modules, each consisting of 16 taught hours with 8 hours of classwork. During the same period, there will be a group research project that is designed to improve research skills. Groups will be selected to include students with a range of backgrounds and will provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. The individual project will begin with a literature review followed by the research project over a period of approximately eight months. Projects will be selected from a list of topics provided by the Hamlyn academics and others at Imperial or further afield (including industry) and students will rank these according to their preferences. These will be designed to be at the cutting edge of research in this field.

In summary, the course is twelve months full time, including:

  • An 8-month multidisciplinary research project
  • Taught courses 
  • A group research skills project
  • Graduate School transferable skills training
  • Presentation at the end of the year

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good UK degree in the physical sciences, engineering, computer science or medicine (2.1 or above or equivalent overseas qualification).

Is this programme for you?

Students will spend eight months working on a cutting edge research project. By the end of the course, students will:

  • have a broad general knowledge of the current technology used in clinical work;
  • have an interdisciplinary knowledge of how to work in collaboration with surgeons to develop new technological advances;
  • have experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery;
  • have the skills required to have a successful career within industry, or an academic research position such as a PhD studentship.

Find our more from a recent news article on the programme titled 'New course in Medical Robots launched by the Hamlyn Centre'.

Career prospects

The MRes MRIGI from the Hamlyn Centre is designed to provide students with an advanced level of research skills that will lead to industrial or academic research and engineering careers. We expect that our students will obtain positions for further study towards PhD degrees in leading universities, or will obtain an industrial placement. In some cases, this may follow on directly from the individual research project. We anticipate that this qualification will become widely recognised for students pursuing a career in these areas and the quality will be backed up by the Hamlyn Centre with its world-leading reputation for translational research quality

Key benefits

Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies. Most Master’s courses offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in industry.

Student prize winner profiles

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.