Admission for October 2015 is now open!

Are you a science/engineering graduate looking to apply your skills to applied problems in a dynamic and interdisciplinary field?

Are you interested in modern surgery and medical imaging techniques?

Do you want an academic or industrial career in research and development?

If so, the MRes in Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention may be the right course choice for you.

Also see the video that describes the course structure and content.








Medical Robotics and Image Guided Intervention are two technology driven areas of medicine that have experienced tremendous growth and improvement over the last twenty years, partly driven by the surgical aim of progressively less invasive and harmful treatments.  This course will provide the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology.  All teaching and research will take place in the brand new facilities of the HamlynCentre, which was founded by Professor Guang-Zhong Yang and Lord Ara Darzi, supported by a major endowment from Lady Hamlyn and the Helen Hamlyn Trust, as well as a major medicalrobotics infra-structure grant from the Wolfson Foundation and the NIHR.

This is a multidisciplinary field and is led by three internationally known departments: the HamlynCentre for Medical Robotics (part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation), the Department of Surgery and Cancer and the Department of Computing.  Taught modules include a mixture of engineering and medical topics such as medical robotics and instrumentation, minimally invasive surgery, surgical imaging and optics, image guided intervention, perception and ergonomics.

Students will spend nine months working on a cutting edge research project.  By the end of the course, students will

  • have a broad general knowledge of the current technology used within clinical work;
  • have an interdisciplinary knowledge of the working in collaboration with surgeons to develop new technological advances in the field of surgery;
  • have experience in the methodology and principles of conducting research with application to clinical medicine and surgery; and
  • have the skills required for the participant to have a successful career within industry, or an academic research position such as a PhD studentship.

A recent news article on the course can be found here.

A brochure for the 2015/16 academic year can be found here

The handbook and programme specification also provide useful information on the course.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are three main scholarship sources for the 2015-16 MRes:

  • Faculty of Medicine Master's Scholarships. Application deadline March 2015. Further details can be found on the Faculty of Medicine scholarships website
  • For UK students, the HEFCE-funded scheme offers financial support to academically excellent candidates and takes into account household income.  Deadline TBA.
  • Hamlyn Scholarships offer support for exceptional students. Contact  

Further opportunities are listed on the Master's Scholarships website.

Course Content

 MRes course structure









12 months full time, including:

Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Mas ter’s courses accredited by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies. Most Master’s courses offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in industry.

The results from student surveys can be found on the Imperial College London SOLE website:

Who should apply?

  • Physical Science, Engineering and Computing graduates who wish to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to medical and surgical problems.
  • Applicants should have a good UK degree in the physical sciences (2.1 or above or equivalent overseas qualification).

Current student photos






How to Apply?

The course code is A1H6T and applications can be made using Embark:

Please select “Postgraduate Masters - MSc, MRes, MEd, Certificates”

There are a limited number of scholarships that may cover the tuition fees and/or cover a stipend.

For further information and admissions process, please contact the Course Director:

Dr Daniel Elson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 1700

We look forward to receiving your application

Other Sources of Useful Information

The Programme Specification can be found by following this link.

Please refer to the Imperial College Postgraduate prospectus for more general information on studying at Imperial College 

Information on how much it will cost to study the course, including the tuition fees can be found on this link.

A brochure can be found here.

Individual projects examples

A summary of some previous individual projects can be found here.

Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders

Your course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (face-to-face) and remote (online) learning and research opportunities. We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and research activities throughout the year. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, you should immediately contact the Department using the details in the ‘Further information’ section below. 

For more information about multi-mode delivery and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders page.