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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.

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

Before the third and fourth years where the emphasis is on your individual study and selecting 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 excellent opportunity to take part in a practical engineering design project, based on the Sports Innovation Challenge.

Year 3

Your third year will comprise of core and optional modules, as well as the excellent opportunity to complete a group project.

There are 3 distinctive pathways available: Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Whichever your pathway you will select 4 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

You will choose four modules from the below list:

  • 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 the following modules within your four choices of optional modules in third year.

Year 4

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

You will then select 6 modules, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of biomedical engineering, especially given the individual project.

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 have to 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

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.

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.

Tuition fees

Home and EU students

2016 ENTRY:

£9,000 per year

Please note the tuition fee you pay may increase slightly each year in line with inflation and subject to UK government regulations. If you have applied for a Tuition Fee Loan (see below), your loan entitlement will automatically increase to reflect any changes; you will need to reapply for a loan each year at the new fee rate.

Islands and overseas students

2016 ENTRY:

£26,750 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly each year in line with inflation.

Fees for 2017 have not yet been confirmed. Please check back for details.

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.

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 must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017.

The deadline for other courses 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