Biomedical Science

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2021
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Our Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering first began in 1991 and provides all of the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines.

This degree offers four distinct streams, each of which accredited and employment-focused:

  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology pathway – this stream focusses on bioengineering problems related to systems including cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, orthopaedic, ophthalmic, and respiratory systems, with the content aiming to understand how mechanical forces impact biological function at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and organism levels.
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering pathway – this stream is jointly offered with the Department of Materials and covers the use of biomaterials in medical and surgical environments
  • Medical Physics and Imaging pathway – this stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, with focus on human physiology, radiotherapy and clinical imaging
  • Neurotechnology pathway – this stream focuses on new technology for investigating brain function, such as developing neuroprosthetic devices and new neuroimaging techniques

You choose your stream during the application process and all four streams lead to the award of MSc Biomedical Engineering.

Careers

Our career-focused degrees ensure graduates are well-placed to gain employment in a growing industry. The global population is ageing which increases demand for biomedical engineers to create new medical devices.

There are many areas of employment open to you as a graduate of this course, and previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Healthcare
  • Medical device industry
  • Research
  • Medicine
  • Start-ups
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy
  • Finance

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) 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 between 2018 and 2023.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

You take all of the core modules in the first section, choose one stream from the four choices available, and complete an individual project.

Structure

Core modules

The below core modules are taken by students on all four streams of the MSc.

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Individual Project
  • Journal Club
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Systems Physiology

Biomechanics pathway

Core modules

  • Biomechanics
  • Molecular Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics

Optional modules

You choose one optional module from below. Typical options include:

  • Biomedical Advanced Computational and Stress Analysis
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanotransduction
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning

Biomaterials pathway

Core modules

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Optional modules

You choose one optional module from below. Typical options include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Mathematical Methods for Bioengineers
  • Molecular and Tissue Imaging

Medical Physics pathway

Core modules

  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Flow Imaging
  • Image Processing
  • Molecular and Tissue Engineering

Optional modules

You choose one optional module from below. Typical options include:

  • Engineering in Cancer Therapy
  • Mathematical Methods for Bioengineers
  • Neuroscience

Neurotechnology

Core modules

  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Neuroscience
  • Mathematical Methods for Bioengineers

Optional modules

You choose two optional modules from below. Typical options include:

  • Biomimetics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Bits, Brains and Behaviour

Individual project

The individual research project is an important part of the Bioengineering degree course. Projects give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the rest of the course to current research problems. They also help you to develop important project management, teamwork and communication skills that are highly valued by employers and international research groups.

Throughout the year you will carry out an extended research project. You will be assessed by a planning report, submitted in early March, a written dissertation and an oral presentation to be held by the middle of September.

You will carry out your project under the direction and guidance of a member of the academic staff and their research group. They are by far the most important pieces of work in the degree programme. They provide the opportunity for you to demonstrate independence and originality, to plan and organise a large project over a long period, and to put into practice some of the techniques you have been taught throughout the course.

Previous projects include:

  • parametric imaging of blood flow using microbubbles
  • exploration of assistive devices for cerebral palsy treatment
  • three-dimensional visualisation of depth electric field in the human brain

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Demonstrations
  • Group exercises
  • Guided practical classes
  • Individual research project
  • Laboratory work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations (open and closed book)
  • Written reports, including a dissertation

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject.

Students from a Medical or Life Sciences background may wish to consider our MSc Engineering for Biomedicine.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Application deadlines

There are three application rounds for this course.

Applications received in the first two rounds will be considered for a departmental scholarship. The application received must include two acceptable references and your stream preference, by the deadline date.

  • First round deadline: 11 December 2020
    • Latest decision date: 15 January 2021
  • Second round deadline: 19 March 2021
    • Latest decision date: 30 April 2021
  • Third round deadline: 2 July 2021
    • Latest decision date: 30 July 2021

Second choice applicants

Applicants with MSc Biomedical Engineering as their second choice will be placed in the gathered field based on when their complete application becomes eligible for this programme, normally the first working day after they have received a decision on their first-choice programme.

Late applications

Applicants are advised to apply within the gathered fields to ensure equal consideration. We occasionally have spaces for applications made after 2 July 2021, please email be.pgadmissions@imperial.ac.uk before applying.

Waiting list

We endeavour to give a final accept or reject decision on all applications by the published date. However, a small number of applicants may receive a “waiting list” decision, to allow us to fairly compare applicants across gathered fields. Applicants on the waiting list will receive a final decision by 30 July 2021 or sooner.

Stream choice

If a stream preference is not indicated on your application, you will be contacted by the department to indicate a preference of stream before your application is considered complete. We try to accommodate changes of stream made after an offer has been made, but streams are capped so this is not always possible

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£14,650 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£34,000 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Departmental scholarships

The Department of Bioengineering has a limited number of partial scholarships available for some courses.

All students who submit a completed application for this course (with two references) before Friday 19 March 2021 are considered for these scholarships.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Bioengineering

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