Headstart 2015

Headstart Summer School students pose with the prosthetic arms they made in the bioengineering session

Staff demonstrate latest technology at Imperial Festival

SynBio workshop

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

Sutton trust

Year 12 Sutton Trust students find out about biosensor research in the Department

Eng Sum Sch

Engineering Summer School students test out the oculus rift as part of the bioengineering session.

Sutton Trust

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:

Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.

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

propsA 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. 

Recommended resources

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
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HE Advisors

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

codingMaths 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

Open Days

opendayDue 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.

Summer Schools

The Department is involved in a number of Summer Schools annually.

Applications are now open for summer 2022 and will close at 12.00 on 9 March 2022

For further information about all Imperial Summer Schools check out the central Outreach webpages and newsletter. 



Work Experience

 Y12 Work Experience 12th -16th July 2021

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.