Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship

Develop research and analytical skills towards a career in bioengineering or for further PHD study.

Develop research and analytical skills towards a career in bioengineering or for further PHD study

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree

Receive dedicated training in medical device entrepreneurship

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, physical sciences, mathematical, life sciences or biomedical sciences subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Build your appreciation of biomedical engineering and enhance your entrepreneurial skills on this Master's course.

You'll develop research and analytical skills related to bioengineering before specialising in the area of medical device development.

You'll then examine the processes required to get a device to market, from concept to business planning and market emergence.

Much of the training is based around a year-long project aimed at developing a start-up business plan around a medical device concept.

This work will prepare you for further PhD study, or an innovative research career in bioengineering or business.


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 Biomedical Engineering and Business module, you'll choose two or four optional modules.

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


Optional modules

Build on the knowledge and skills from the course and apply them to current engineering, design and research problems that interest you. 

The project helps you to develop important project management, team working and communication skills that are highly valued by employers and

international research groups.

The majority of work is undertaken in the summer term, when you will be expected to work on the project full time

The project may involve collaboration with groups in other Imperial departments or with Industry.


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Our accreditation agreements are renewed every five years and the current agreement runs until 2023.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Research project

  • 8% Lectures and tutorials
  • 21% Independent study
  • 71% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Study groups
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Computing labs
  • Presentations
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person giving seminar
    Guest lectures
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study
  • Flipped teaching

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Practical

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

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Papers from a written report
    Written reports
  • Dissertation
  • Final thesis
  • Practical training elements
  • Person making a presentation
    Poster presentations

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?

Robotic arm

The first of its kind in the UK, this MRes aims to enhance medical device development.

Magnifying glass over a research paper

The extensive research project will prepare you for further study and research at PhD level.

Test tubes

Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in biomedical engineering or similar fields.

Lightbulb with graduate cap inside

With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

Medicine logo in circle

Medicine, healthcare and the medical device industry are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include research, teaching, start-ups, consultancy and finance.

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