Postgraduate biomedical engineering studentECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time
LocationSouth Kensington

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

You have the choice of four separate streams: Medical Physics, Biomechanics, Neurotechnology and Biomaterials.

About the course

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 and Mechanbiology – this stream is focused on the bioengineering problems related to major diseases associated with an ageing population
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – this stream is jointly offered with the Department of Materials and covers the use of biomaterials in medical and surgical environments
  • Medical Physics and Imaging – this stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, with focus on human physiology, radiotherapy and clinical imaging
  • Neurotechnology – 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.

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:

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

Structure

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

Please note that not all combinations of optional modules may be possible due to timetabling constraints.

Core modules

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

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

Stream and optional modules

There are core and optional modules for each stream.

Biomechanics and Mechanbiology
Core module
  • Biomechanics
Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomimetics
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Core modules
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Medical Physics and Imaging
Core module
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Advanced Medical Imaging1
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Computational Neuroscience2
  • Health Economics and Decision Making2
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Image Processing1
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Radiobiology1

1 You must choose at least two optional modules marked (1)
2 You can take up to one of the optional modules marked (2)

Neurotechnology
Core modules
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Computational Neuroscience
Optional modules

You choose three modules from below.

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Biomimetics
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computation

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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an engineering, physical science or mathematical subject.

Although applicants will typically have a background in engineering or physical science, the course is potentially open to those from life sciences or medicine, provided they also have proven mathematics ability.

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 requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£12,000

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£29,000

Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial

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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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

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 of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

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.

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