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UCAS code: BH9C
ECTS: 240
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 4 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington

Biomedical engineering is a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and technology to medical and biological problems. 

With an ageing population and advances in technology, biomedical engineering plays an integral role in global issues such as healthcare, energy and environment.

About the course


Our four-year MEng degree in Biomedical Engineering provides a broad foundation in physics, mathematics, engineering and medical science, then progresses to more advanced engineering studies that apply the quantitative aspects of engineering analysis and design to a broad range of biomedical problems. 

All students follow a common programme of studies for the first two years, after which you have the opportunity to specialise in an Electrical Engineering, a Mechanical Engineering, or a Biomolecular Engineering pathway.

Whichever pathway you choose, you have the flexibility to take a range of optional modules in an area of biomedical engineering that particularly interests you from other engineering departments.

In the second year, you will take part in an engineering design project as part of the Sports Innovation Challenge, which aims to unleash creativity to improve the sporting and training equipment available to disabled people.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a Year in Industry, which extends the degree to five years, or do a Year Abroad.


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.

Our four-year Biomedical Engineering course provides you with the essential fundamentals of the discipline in the first two years.

In the third and fourth years the emphasis is on your individual study, and you can select optional modules in your area of interest. 

Year 1

In the first year you will take all of the following core modules:

  • Bioengineering in Action
  • Biomolecular Engineering 1
  • Electrical Engineering 1
  • Electrical Engineering Labs
  • Electromagnetics 1
  • Electronic Build Project
  • Heat and Mass Transport 1
  • Logic and Digital Systems
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanics 1
  • Medical Science 1
  • Molecules, Cells and Processes
  • Programming 1
  • Vibrations and Waves
  • Wet Lab Skills

Year 2

In the second year you will complete the following core modules:

  • Biomolecular Engineering 2
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering 2
  • Electromagnetics 2
  • Engineering Design Project
  • Heat and Mass Transport 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Mechanics 2 Fluids
  • Mechanics 2 Solids
  • Mechanics Workshop
  • Medical Science 2
  • Programming 2
  • Signals and Systems
  • Wet Lab Skills

You also have the opportunity to take part in a practical engineering design project, based on the Sports Innovation Challenge.

Year 3

In your third year you will take both core and optional modules, and have the opportunity to complete a group project.

There are three distinctive pathways available: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Whichever your pathway, you will select four optional modules in addition to the core modules.

Biomedical Engineering pathway
Core modules
  • Biomedical Advanced and Computational Stress Analysis
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Group project
  • Modelling in Biology
  • Physiological Imaging and Monitoring
Optional modules
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Centred Design of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Transport Systems for Biological Processes
Electrical Engineering pathway
Core modules
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Group project
  • Image Processing
  • Modelling in Biology
Optional modules
  • Advanced Electronic Devices
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Advanced and Computational Stress Analysis
  • Biomimetics
  • Control Engineering
  • Design Led Innovation and New Venture Creation
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Centred Design of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Physiological Imaging and Monitoring
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Transport Systems for Biological Processes
Mechanical Engineering pathway
Core modules
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Advanced and Computational Stress Analysis
  • Group project
  • Modelling in Biology
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
Optional modules
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biomimetics
  • Computational Continuum
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Centred Design of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices
  • Integrated Design and Manufacture
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Machine System Dynamics
  • Physiological Imaging and Monitoring
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Transport Systems for Biological Processes
  • Tribology
All pathways

Whichever pathway you choose, you are able to take one of the following modules as part of your four optional modules:

Year 4

You will have the opportunity to complete an individual project no matter which pathway you choose.

You will then select six modules, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of biomedical engineering.

There are over 20 optional modules for each pathway in the fourth year, and the below lists give you an idea of the areas you will choose from.

Biomedical Engineering pathway
  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
Electrical Engineering pathway
  • Current-mode Analogue Signal Processing
  • Full-Custom Integrated Circuit Design
  • High-performance Analogue Electronics
  • Radio-frequency Electronics
  • Spectral Estimation and Adaptive Signal Processing
Mechanical Engineering pathway
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology
  • Modelling of Multi-Body Mechanical Systems
  • Tribology

Teaching and assessment


You will experience a variety of learning styles, which combine theory and practice:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Study groups
Dry laboratories
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Microcontrollers workshop
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
Wet laboratories
  • Biological materials
  • Chemical materials


There are a variety of assessment methods relevant to the learning styles of each module.

You complete a group project in the second and third years, as well as a substantial final year individual project.

Other assessment methods include:

  • Examinations (in-class, online and written)
  • Assessed coursework (laboratory, technical and project evaulation including planning)
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Academic tutorials

Progression through the course

To sucessfully complete this course, and receive the award of MEng Biomedical Engineering, there are criteria you must meet each year in order to progress to the next.

  • Year 1 - at least 40% in each assessment and an average mark of 40% in Electrical Engineering Labs, Vibrations and Waves, Vibrations and Waves and Programming 1
  • Year 2 - an average mark of 60%* and at least 40% in each assessment
  • Year 3 - at least 40% in each compulsory module, an average of at least 40% across optional modules, and pass the group project
  • Year 4 - satisfy criteria for Years 1 to 3, an average of at least 40% across optional modules and at least 40% in the final year project

* the 60% average mark is to proceed on the MEng course

Key Information Set (KIS)

Details about how this course is taught and assessed are provided in the KIS (key information set).

The KIS is a set of statistics which all universities use to describe how their courses are taught and assessed. This allows students to compare similar courses at different institutions.

The KIS describes the percentage of time which students typically spend in timetabled activity and in independent study for each year of their course as well the percentage of assessment which is exams, coursework or practical. An overview of the KIS is shown in the widget at the bottom of the page and further detail (including a year-by-year breakdown) is available via Unistats.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

All engineers must use physical principles to understand the problems they are addressing. One major approach is to use mathematical models to describe the processes and systems that they are investigating and to predict their performance. A thorough understanding of mathematics is therefore essential. 

In biomedical engineering you will need to apply an unusually broad range of scientific principles, but, as in all other engineering disciplines, a solid understanding of physics is an essential requirement. 


The normal A-level requirements are A*AA, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in Further Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology

AS-level Chemistry and Biology are useful, though not essential, if they have been obtained with at least a grade B at GCSE either individually or as components of Combined Science.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in a third subject at higher level

English language requirements (all applicants)

All applicants 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 undergraduate applicants.

Other qualifications

Places will also be available to those with other equivalent qualifications, e.g. Advanced Placement Tests, European Baccalaureate, some of the national Baccalaureates in the European Union, Scottish Qualifications, Irish Leaving Certificate, and to applicants with appropriate educational experience or other competencies.

See admission of students with other competencies.

Selection process

The Department of Bioengineering has an admissions policy which ensures that all applications are dealt with in the same way.

If you are likely to meet the entrance requirements and live within reach of London, you will normally be invited to visit the College and see our Department.

You may also be interviewed by one or more members of the academic staff.

When assessing applications, we will consider your examination results (already gained and predicted), your motivation and understanding of biomedical engineering as a career, your potential for leadership and teamwork, your interests and the referee’s report.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Please note: an ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tuition fees

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. 

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£27,750 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

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

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this course due to the nature of the academic work you will be completing. The costs indicated below are mandatory items that all students of this course will need to purchase at the start of the first academic year.

  • Boiler suit (approximately £26.00)
  • Electronics kit (approximately £12.00)

Both items should be bought through the Department. This will be arranged during the first week of term. 

Laptop computer

Students applying for 2017 entry will be required to have a laptop for some classes and coursework. The laptop will need to meet a minimum specification to ensure appropriate functionality.

The Department has a number of laptops available for loan for students who do not have their own laptop – a deposit of £100 will be required, refundable on return of the laptop at the end of your course.

An example minimum specification for students who wish to use their own laptop in the 2016–17 academic year is:

  • Windows 10 capable
  • Intel i5/i7 5th Gen processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD HDD

The required minimum specification for 2017 entry will be confirmed in spring 2017.

Bursaries and scholarships

Imperial Bursary

The Imperial Bursary is available to any Imperial Home undergraduate student (except Graduate Medicine students) whose household income falls below £60,000 per year.

It is designed to ease the cost of London living by providing support on a sliding scale, from £2,000 up to £5,000 per year.

As long as your household income remains below £60,000 you will automatically qualify for a bursary for every year of undergraduate study.

The bursary is paid on top of any government loans to which you are entitled and does not need to be paid back. Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.


Our President’s Undergraduate scholarships are available to all undergraduate applicants studying an undergraduate degree for the first time who have applied to the College by 15 October.

They’re worth £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. There are up to 112 awards available for students starting their studies in 2017–18.

A wide range of other scholarships is also available. Find out which scholarships you may be eligible for by using our scholarships search tool.

To find out more about the range of financial support available please see our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017. 

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

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

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

Professional accreditation and associateship

This degree is professionally accredited by the:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)

This quadruple accreditation will prepare you for a career in the rapidly growing field of bioengineering. It also provides a technical foundation for careers in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials engineering and medical physics.

It leads to a Master’s level qualification in biomedical engineering and the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI).

What our graduates do

Forbes ranks biomedical engineering as the best job in Engineering and IT (ten-year forecast estimated from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics). The quadruple accreditation of our degrees will not only prepare you for a career in the rapidly-growing field of bioengineering, but also provides a technical foundation for careers in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials engineering and medical physics.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Device Development Engineer, Roche
  • Bioengineer, DePuy Orthopaedics
  • PhD student, Stanford University, USA
  • Research Scientist, IBM Research - Africa
  • Clinical Engineer, NHS