Cancer Technology
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Cancer Technology

Develop a unique understanding of cancer from a bioengineering perspective.

Develop a unique understanding of cancer from a bioengineering perspective

Receive expert training from leading engineers, life scientists, medics, and clinicians

Apply your knowledge on a nine-month cross-disciplinary research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MRes

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £17,600 Home

    • £40,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an engineering discipline, or physical, mathematical, medical or biological science, or equivalent

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Build the skills required to address tomorrow's challenges in cancer on this Master's course.

You'll explore state-of-the-art technologies and the physical sciences/mathematical approaches used in this crucial area of bioengineering.

You'll also gain a critical understanding of the fundamentals of cancer progression and current challenges in cancer management.

A nine-month cross-disciplinary research project provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge to solving challenges in cancer.

This project will augment your research and analytical skills, with the results communicated through oral and written scientific formats.

You'll also collaborate with experts from the world-leading Institute of Cancer Research as you build up your subject expertise in the field.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

For the Topics in Cancer Engineering module, you'll choose two optional modules. 

Example modules are shown here, but are subject to availability.


Optional modules

You'll complete a nine-month research project, normally supported by at least two academic members of staff.

You’ll explore real-world research problems and apply bioengineering solutions to cancer understanding and management. 

Your supervisors will be experts in their field from Imperial or the Institute of Cancer Research. 

The project will start in the Autumn term on a part-time basis, moving to full-time from January until September.

Your work will be assessed by a literature review, planning report, poster presentation, and final thesis and oral presentation.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Research project
  • Individual study

  • 4% Lectures and tutorials
  • 78% Research project
  • 18% Individual study

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Lab work
  • Presentations
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Scientist holding test tube
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • Individual research project
    Research project
  • Workshops
  • A group of people interacting
    Group exercises

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Practical

  • 45% Coursework
  • 5% Exams
  • 50% Practical

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports
  • Person making a presentation
    Poster presentations
  • Final thesis
  • Oral presentations
  • Dissertation

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply now

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Application deadlines – Round 3 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?


Develop your research skills for a future career in the field of cancer engineering.

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Learn teamwork, research, analysis, and scientific presentation skills.

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Gain technical knowledge, expertise, and transferable skills from industry partners.

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Potential career paths include pharmaceutical discovery, biotechnology, medical devices, and continued PhD study.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications