Biomedical Science

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

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Overview

Our Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering first began in 1991 and provides all of the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines.

This degree offers four distinct steams, each of which accredited and employment-focused:

  • Biomechanics pathway – this stream is focused on the bioengineering problems related to major diseases associated with an ageing population
  • Biomaterials pathway – this stream is jointly offered with the Department of Materials and covers the use of biomaterials in medical and surgical environments
  • Medical Physics pathway – this stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, with focus on human physiology, radiotherapy and clinical imaging
  • Neurotechnology pathway – this stream focuses on new technology for investigating brain function, such as developing neuroprosthetic devices and new neuroimaging techniques

You choose your stream during the application process and all four streams lead to the award of MSc Biomedical Engineering.

Professional accreditation

MSc streamAccreditation statusYears
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
2012-18
2013-19
2013-17
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
2012-18
2013-19
Medical Physics and Imaging Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
2012-18
2012-18
2013-19
Neurotechnology Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
2012-18
2012-18
2013-19
MSc stream CEng academic accreditation status

Careers

Our career-focused degrees ensure graduates are well-placed to gain employment in a growing industry. The global population is ageing which increases demand for biomedical engineers to create new medical devices.

There are many areas of employment open to you as a graduate of this course, and previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Medical device industry
  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Start-ups
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy
  • Finance

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

You take all of the core modules in the first section, choose one stream from the four choices available, and complete an individual project.

Structure

Core modules

The below core modules are taken by students on all four streams of the MSc.

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Individual Project
  • Journal Club
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Systems Physiology

Biomechanics pathway

Core modules

  • Biomechanics
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics

Optional modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Biomimetics
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning

Biomaterials pathway

Core modules

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Optional modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Biomimetics
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing

Medical Physics pathway

Core modules

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Image Processing

Optional modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Radiobiology

Neurotechnology

Core modules

  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computation

Optional modules

You choose one module from below.

  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning

Individual project

The individual research project is an important part of the Bioengineering degree course. Projects give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the rest of the course to current research problems. They also help you to develop important project management, teamwork and communication skills that are highly valued by employers and international research groups.

Throughout the year you will carry out an extended research project. You will be assessed by a planning report, submitted in early March, a written dissertation and an oral presentation to be held by the middle of September.

You will carry out your project under the direction and guidance of a member of the academic staff and their research group. They are by far the most important pieces of work in the degree programme. They provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate independence and originality, to plan and organise a large project over a long period, and to put into practice some of the techniques you have been taught throughout the course.

Previous projects include:

  • parametric imaging of blood flow using microbubbles
  • exploration of assistive devices for cerebral palsy treatment
  • three-dimensional visualisation of depth electric field in the human brain

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Demonstrations
  • Group exercises
  • Guided practical classes
  • Individual research project
  • Laboratory work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations 
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations (open and closed book)
  • Written reports, including a dissertation

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£12,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£30,000

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in engineering, physical science or mathematical subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

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.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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