MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship FAQ

How do I apply?

Apply online via the Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship page of the postgraduate prospectus. Here you will find all the necessary information and instructions to apply.

We suggest that applicants visit our research pages before applying so you are aware of the type of work carried out in the department. If you have a particular area of interest, it is useful to outline this in your statement of purpose so that we can match you with an appropriate project. 

There is NO application fee for MRes programmes for autumn 2024 entry.

Are there any funding opportunities for which I can apply?

The Department of Bioengineering offers a number of MRes scholarships worth £4,999, open to all students regardless of country of origin. You do not need to apply separately for these scholarships, we will automatically consider all applications.  Selection is primarily based on academic merit.

You can find information about other funding opportunities from the Imperial College Scholarships page. UK students may be eligible for a government Master's Loan.

What type of projects are available?

Project ideas usually form between April and August. Ideally, the applicant's eligibility and suitability should have been assessed by then, so applying early is advisable (see first FAQ on 'How to apply'). Below is a list of previous projects:

  • Parkinson’s diagnosis device
  • Catheter-based AV fistula
  • Lymph node implant
  • Wound care patch for diabetic ulcers
  • Stroke rehabilitation robot
  • Arthritis rehabilitation robot

The course director Professor Danny O'Hare uses the information from the application to allocate the projects.


What is the deadline for applications? Can I opt to study part-time?

Applications will be considered in three rounds. When you apply will determine which round you are considered in and when you can expect a decision on your application.

  • Round 1 deadline: Friday 15 December 2023.  Decision can be expected by Friday 26 January 2024
  • Round 2 deadline: Friday 1 March 2024. Decision can be expected by Friday 26 April 2024.
  • Round 3 deadline: Friday 5 July 2024. Decision can be expected by Friday 2 August 2024.

I have filled in my application. 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.

One referee must be an academic reference, the second referee may be another academic referee, or where appropriate/relevant, a professional referee. If your referee is unable to complete your reference online, please contact the Central Admissions team

We will not be able to pass your application on to the course director 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.

What starting date must I put on the application form?

The course starts in late Septemer/early October each year, and finishes in late Septemer/early October the following year. The exact dates vary from year to year. 

I am a student from outside the UK. How can I find out if my degree meets the entry requirements for the MRes course?

We require a 2:1 at minimum in an engineering, physical sciences, mathematical, life sciences or biomedical sciences subject. For life sciences graduates we also require a reasonable standard of mathematical ability.

If you would like to know whether your qualifications meet our minimum requirements, you may find the general information on degree equivalence helpful. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the department admissions team at

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 are successful in being offered a place on the course and you do not already hold an acceptable English Language qualification then you will be asked to obtain one before your place is confirmed (and before your CAS is issued, if relevant). Instructions for how to submit your English Language qualification will be sent when your offer is made. 

You can find a list of acceptable English Language Qualifications here. We require students to achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

MRes + PhD Programmes (1+3 Degrees)

Our MRes courses 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.

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:

  • Supply a clear and concise Personal Statement in the space provided. Consider your aptitude and motivation for applying for the course, your academic and/or career plans as well as your research interests. Explain why the Department of Bioengineering/Imperial College London would help you achieve your research/career goals.
  • Include clear indication of what research area you are interested in.
  • Include your email address (the electronic form has a space for it).
  • Include the email addresses of your two referees
  • Ensure your referees are willing and able to provide prompt references for you