Medical Robotics

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

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: St Mary's
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry

Institute of Global Health Innovation

Our MSc in Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention is delivered by the Institute of Global Health Innovation.
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Overview

Our MRes in Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention provides you with the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology.

Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Interventions are two technology-driven areas of medicine that have experienced significant growth and improvement over the last twenty years, due to developments of less invasive treatments.

This is a multidisciplinary field and is led by three internationally-known departments:

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 National Institute for Health Research.

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, perception and ergonomics.

By the end of your studies you will have a broad general knowledge of the current technology used in clinical work, and an interdisciplinary knowledge of how to work in collaboration with surgeons to develop new technological advances.

You will also have experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery, and the skills required to have a successful career within industry, or an academic research position such as a PhD studentship.

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Study programme

Our MRes attracts students from a wide-range of backgrounds in science, engineering and medicine.

The course begins with five key taught modules and a group project. Groups will be formed of students from a diverse range of backgrounds to aid 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.

During your studies you will complete:

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

Is this programme for you?

By the end of the course you will have a broad general knowledge of the current technology used in clinical work, an interdisciplinary knowledge of working in collaboration with surgeons to develop new technological advances, and experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery.

You complete your studies with the skills required to have a successful career within industry, or an academic research position such as a PhD studentship.

Careers

You are provided with advanced research skills valued both in academia and industry. Graduates are well placed to apply for further study at PhD level in leading universities, which provides an opportunity to pursue your chosen research area covered in the individual 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.

Structure

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

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

  • Group Research Skills Project
  • Image Guided Intervention
  • Medical Robotics and Instrumentation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Perception and Ergonomics
  • Surgical Imaging and Optics

Individual project

Your individual project begins at the start of the second term and continues through to the end of your degree.

Research projects can be taken at Imperial, where you are assigned an academic supervisor, or at an insitution other than Imperial, in which case you are assigned one supervisor from the college and another from the host institution.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Group research
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment

  • Analysis of results (strength and validity of findings)
  • Computational tools packages
  • Experiments (design, planning and execution)
  • Group research project
  • Individual project
  • Presentations
  • Report writing

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
£10,600

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
£30,600

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 science or engineering.

Applicants with a lower degree qualification but at least three years work experience may be considered.

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.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

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.

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