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

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course focuses on the intricate and unique field of medical device development, and the entrepreneurship and management skills required to get devices to market.

About the course

Overview

The one-year MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship is a unique programme which combines development of medical devices and biomedical engineering knowledge, alongside entrepreneurship skills.

The focus is on the intricate and unique field of medical device development and the key entrepreneurship and management skills required to get the device to market, from concept to business planning and market emergence.

In addition to specific training in medical device entrepreneurship, you will also develop research and analytical skills related to bioengineering. This provides a solid foundation for those intending to go into industry or on to study for a PhD.

This is a very hands-on course, with much of the training and assessment based around a year-long project aimed at developing an engineering developmental and start-up business plan around a medical device concept.

The programme is supplemented by a small amount of formal teaching (see Structure), and a requirement to attend at least one seminar per week throughout the first two terms in the Department of Bioengineering.

Careers

This MRes was the first of its kind in the UK and aims to ensure the development of advanced medical devices.

Our course prepares you for an innovative research career in Bioengineering. The practical nature of the course, and the key training in business skills, sees you well-placed to seek a career in this area.

You are equally well-prepared to pursue further study and research at PhD level, with the research project element of this course accounting for three-quarters of the assessment.

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

  • Computational Methods for Bioengineering
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Seminars

Optional modules

You choose between one and four modules from below.

Some of the below modules come from our MSc degrees, and the assessment for these modules is replaced by a short report.

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomimetics
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Journal Club
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Radiobiology
  • Systems Physiology
  • Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering

You can also take this course as the first year of a 4-year PhD programme. Please email the postgraduate administrator at be.phdadmissions@imperial.ac.uk for further details.

Research project

You complete a research project supported by members of academic staff from Imperial College. Your supervisors will be experts in their field, with a keen interest in your particular research topic.

The research project is a Master's level thesis and accounts for 75% of your assessment. It provides an opportunity for you to hone in on your strengths and develop a particular specialism.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Written examinations
  • Written reports

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a physical science, engineering, mathematical, or life/biomedical sciences based 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 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 required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.