Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

The application process is done electronically through the College Postgraduate Admissions webpage. Here you will find all the necessary information and instructions to apply.

What are the MSc entry requirements?

For both MSc Biomedical Engineering and MSc Human and Biological Robotics we require a degree in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics or computer science at a level equivalent to at least a UK 2:1. This is generally higher than International Academic Requirements listed on the Imperial College website. 

For MSc Human and Biological Robotics we consider applicants predicted to achieve a 2.1, but the level of competition for this programme means most successful applicants have or are predicted to achieve a first class degree. For students who have not yet graduated, our standard conditional offer for this programme is a first. 

Applicants from a life sciences background are not normally admitted to our MSc programmes but should instead consider our MRes Bioengineering courses. We are in the process of developing an MSc course suitable for medics and life scientists - more details will be posted as they become available. 

If you would like to know the grade requirements for your country, please contact us on

Which MSc Biomedical Engineering stream should I apply for?

All MSc Biomedical Engineering students study a common core, worth just under 30% of the degree overall. Taught modules specific to each stream comprise a similar amount. The individual project makes up the remainder of the degree and is normally completed in a research topic linked to your specialist stream. As such, it is important you carefully consider which stream interests you the most and best links with your plans post-graduation. 

You are asked to specify your chosen stream when applying. If you do not specify a stream we will ask which stream you would like to study before considering your application. 

We expect students to follow the stream that they apply and are admitted to. Students who change their mind may ask to change stream but this is subject to competitive consideration against other applications and to space being available and is therefore not guaranteed. 

For the latest information about the options on each stream please see the Msc Biomedical Engineering prospectus entry. If you would like further information about making your stream choice, please contact

I have filled in my application, but do I need to send the two reference letters with it?

No. The Admissions Office will contact your two nominated referees electronically. They will send their letters on to the College independently.

I have got my degree but still need to take an English Language test. Can I send in my application before I take the test?

Yes. Do not delay sending in your application as we can assess your application without your English Language certificate. 

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 meet the standard (not higher) English level. 

Are there any Scholarships or Studentships that I can apply for?

The Department of Bioengineering offers a number of partial MSc scholarships, 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 received before the scholarship deadline. To see the deadline for your year of application visit the MSc Biomedical Engineering online prospectusSelection 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.

Can I do my MSc project with an external company or organisation?

Yes, this may be possible. There is an approval process to go through; some of our students do complete their research project externally. This is something that can be discussed once the project selection process begins.

What will my degree certificate state when I graduate?

The official degree title stated on your degree certificate is: MSc & DIC in Biomedical Engineering. The DIC (Diploma of Imperial College) is automatically awarded to all successful Master's students. The degree certificate does not state your chosen stream.