Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Apply online via the MRes Bioengineering page of the postgraduate prospectus. Here you will find all the necessary information and instructions to apply.
Before you apply you should visit our research pages and view the list of staff and their interests. We encourage students to contact potential research project supervisors before applying to ensure there is a suitable project available. You should name at least one potential supervisor in your personal statement when you apply.
There is now an application fee of £80 for master's programmes, including the MRes. To find out more, including whether you qualify for a waiver, please visit the College's application fees webpage.
I don't know which academic member of staff I wish to be supervised by...
Please visit our research and academic staff web pages to help you decide. We encourage you to informally contact potential supervisors before application to ensure a suitable project is available; it is helpful to include an up-to-date CV. You should name at least one potential supervisor in your personal statement when you apply.
MRes and PhD Programmes (1+3 degrees)
MRes Bioengineering or MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship can form the first year of effectively a 4 year PhD (1 year MRes + 3 year Phd), but you must apply for each programme separately. You apply for the PhD in the normal way, while studying for the MRes. Admission to the MRes does not guarantee admission to the PhD programme.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications for this course will be considered in two rounds with separate deadlines:
- 1 March 2021. If you submit your application by this deadline, you can expect a decision by mid-April. If you are applying for a specific advertised project you should apply by this deadline.
- 5 July 2021. All applications received after Round 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis up until this second and final deadline. Any specific projects not filled in Round 1 will be re-advertised in Round 2.
We advise applicants to apply early as the limited number of places might be allocated before the deadlines are reached.
I have filled in my application, but do I need to send the two reference letters with it?
We require two references in order to assess your application. When you apply via Imperial Gateway you will be asked to nominate two referees. These should normally be academic referees, but applicants with significant work experience may use a professional referee. Referees will be sent instructions for submitting a reference - we cannot accept references sent by applicants. We will not be able to pass your application on to your proposed supervisor until we have received two references, so please speak to your referees beforehand to ensure they are willing and able to provide a reference for you.
I am a student from outside the UK. How can I find out if my degree meets the entry requirements for the MRes course?
Broadly, we require a degree in engineering, physical or life science at a level equivalent to a UK First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree. This is generally higher than the college Postgraduate minimum academic requirements. For life science graduates we also require a reasonable standard of mathematical ability.
If you would like to know whether your qualifications meet our minimum requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your degree subject, the institution your graduated from and your final achieved or expected grade.
Applicants should note that meeting the minimum academic requirement does not guarantee you will be made an offer of admission.
I have got my degree but I still need to take an English Language test (IELTS or TOEFL). Can I send in my application before I take the test?
Yes. It is fine to send your application in before you have met the English Language conditions.
If you do not hold an acceptable English Language qualification you will be asked to obtain one before your place at the college is confirmed.
Can I opt to study part-time?
We only offer the course on a full-time basis. The start date is always October, which is the start of the Autumn term.
Are there any tips to ensure that my application is successful?
Every application is carefully considered on its merits. To maximise your chances of success, you should ensure that you do the following:
- Make contact with potential supervisors before applying to ensure your skills and qualifications are a good fit for any available projects
- Name at least one potential supervisor in your personal statement
- Supply a clear and concise personal statement which details your aptitude and motivation for applying, your interest in your supervisor's specific research area and your academic and/or career plans
- Ensure your referees are willing and able to provide prompt references for you
Are there any funding opportunities for which I can apply
Unfortunately, we do not offer funding for the MRes Bioengineering.
You can read more about scholarships and postgraduate loans on the Postgraduate Funding webpage.