Information for schools
Headstart Summer School students pose with the prosthetic arms they made in the bioengineering session
Staff demonstrate latest technology at Imperial Festival
Year 10 students brainstorm engineering solutions to global issues with the 2014 iGEM team
PhD student explains his research to members of the public at the Imperial Festival
Year 12 Sutton Trust students find out about biosensor research in the Department
Engineering Summer School students test out the oculus rift as part of the bioengineering session.
Y12 students on the final day of the Sutton Trust Summer School
Information for Schools
What is bioengineering?
Bioengineering is at the interface between engineering and medicine, by applying engineering skills we are able to solve biological and medical problems. In the Department we cover the three main areas of the discipline:
1. BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING:
Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
2. BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING:
Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.
Talks in schools
A representative from the Department is happy to deliver a live online talk about bioengineering for a school. We are particularly keen to work with Y9-11 age groups as it provides us with the opportunity to speak about the importance of studying both maths with physics and/or chemistry at A-level, which are our core required subjects.
Please contact the outreach manager to discuss further and look to arrange a suitable date.
Bioengineering interventions will improve our everyday lives from diagnosing disease earlier, enabling the disabled and improving quality of life in old age. These accessible applications mean bioengineering is a great topic to get students more interested in science, technology, engineering and maths and its relevance to them. There are lots of resources available online but here are a few we would recommend.
|Primary school (age 5-11)||Secondary school (age 11-18)|
|Engineering adventures - a good introduction to engineering for primary age-group||Biobuilder - a good introduction to synthetic biology
|National STEM centre - lots of primary science and maths resources available||National STEM centre - lots of secondary science and maths resources available|
|I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups||I'm an engineer - suitable for primary and secondary age-groups|
|BBC Learning - primary science resources||Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - lots of competitions and resources suitable for secondary age-group|
|Primary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire primary engineers||Secondary Engineer - an institute of engineering to inspire secondary engineers|
|Crest star - primary students can solve STEM challenges through practical investigation||Crest - enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work|
The Department presents annually at the HE advisors day organised by Imperial and is often invited to speak at UCAS events.
Key information for HE advisors
Maths and physics are core requirements for studying Biomedical Engineering and maths and chemistry are core requirements for studying Molecular Bioengineering at Imperial, so students should be encouraged to study these through to A-level (or equivalent).
If you have students who are interested in both engineering and medicine, biomedical engineering or molecular bioengineering may be exactly what they are interested in studying. We offer talks for schools to introduce our courses and provide an overview of the admissions process. If you want to find out more, please contact our admissions manager, Jayne Shaw
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our on-campus visits are suspended for the forseeable future. You can find out more about our department from our Bioengineering Virtual Open Day which includes talks, tours, Q&As and other resources to help inform your future decisions.
Undergraduate Open Days are scheduled to take place in June and September. These days are a great way to find out about studying at Imperial.
We look forward to welcoming you to Imperial in the near future.
The Department is involved in a number of Summer Schools annually. Applications are now closed for summer 2021.
- Y9 Girls Engineering Summer School 17th -21st August 2021
- Y10 Insights (for 14-15 year olds) 4th -7th August 2021
- Y12 Sutton Trust Summer Schools (for Y12 UK state school pupils age 16-17). We are offering two exciting summer schools, which will run 26th -30th July 2021, for students interested in Bioengineering; Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Bioengineering. This is an opportunity to find out about our exciting courses through a wealth of talks and interactive activities. Applications are now open and will close on 17th March.
We are offering a limited number of work experience placements in the department for 2021. This is a non-residential programme which aims to provide participants with an insight into the exciting world of study and research that we are proud of here at the department of bioengineering, Imperial College London.
Applications are now closed for this programme.