Cancer technology

Develop a unique understanding of cancer from a bioengineering perspective

Key information

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

Applications are now closed

Overview

This course equips you with skills to address tomorrow’s challenges in cancer using state-of-the-art technologies and physical sciences/mathematical approaches.

The course involves lectures and practical work in the first term, followed by full-time work on a research project. A variety of seminars and workshops are also provided to deepen and broaden your skill base.

The course embodies a multi-disciplinary approach that:

  • Provides a critical understanding of the fundamentals of cancer progression and current challenges in cancer management
  • Enables students to apply their knowledge of engineering, physics and mathematics to solving challenges in cancer through a nine-month cross-disciplinary research project
  • Develops research and analytical skills related to bioengineering in cancer and to effectively communicate results through oral and written scientific formats
  • Trains students to effectively communicate with oncologists, cancer biologists, clinicians and researchers
  • Prepare students for demanding careers or PhD programmes at the interface of cancer and bioengineering

The course builds on the Department of Bioengineering’s diverse strengths in this area in addition to our collaborations with our world-leading partner, the Institute of Cancer Research.

Careers

The first of its kind in the UK, this MRes will prepare you for on-demand research careers within the growing field of engineering in cancer. Through enhancing skills in research, analysis and scientific presentation as well as the ability to work in a team, students will be well-equipped for multi-disciplinary PhD programmes or jobs in drug discovery, biotechnology and medical devices, among others.

Moreover, the Department of Bioengineering, where this programme is based, works closely with industry to ensure that our graduates gain the technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills that are so valued in the workplace.

Structure

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

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Core modules

You will take all of the following core modules:

  • Bioengineering Approaches to Cancer
  • Statistical and Computational Methods for Research
  • Frontiers in Cancer Technology Research
  • Topics in Cancer Engineering

Optional modules

For the Topics in Cancer Engineering module, you choose two optional modules, which are assessed via written reports.  Examples of optional modules to choose from are shown below.  Please note that the availability of modules may change from year to year.

  • Advanced Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering
  • Advanced Chemical Sensors
  • Advanced Imaging Technologies for Systems Biology  
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanotransduction
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Engineering in Cancer Therapy
  • Image Processing
  • Industrial Applications of Cellular Engineering
  • Ionising Tissue and Flow imaging
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Molecular Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
  • Nanotechnologies for Cancer Diagnosis & Cancer Therapy
  • Non-ionising Functional and Tissue Imaging
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Principles of Biomedical Imaging

Research project

You will complete a comprehensive nine-month research project, typically under the supervision of at least two academic members of staff with complementary expertise based at Imperial College London and the Institute of Cancer Research. Your supervisors will be experts in their field with a keen interest in your research project, which will run at the interface of bioengineering and cancer.

By the end, you will have shown your ability to:

  • Tackle real-world research problems by apply bioengineering solutions to cancer understanding and management
  • Critically analyse academic literature relevant to your chosen topic
  • Select and use laboratory instrumentation to work safely in laboratory and workshop environments
  • Formulate and evaluate a novel multidisciplinary research hypothesis or research aims
  • Apply appropriate statistical, computational and experimental tools
  • Communicate outcomes of the project effectively using oral and written formats
  • Present technical information in various forms: report, oral presentation and progress meetings

You will be assessed through:

  • A literature review and planning report on your chosen topic
  • A mid-term poster presentation updating your progress
  • Your final thesis
  • A final oral presentation defending your thesis

The MRes Cancer Technology is full-time across an entire calendar year. You will be matched with supervisors in November. Your research project will start in the Autumn term on a part-time basis, moving to full-time from January until September

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include:

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

Learning methods include:

  • Virtual Learning Environment: Blackboard
  • Online groups/discussions
  • Online quizzes and interactive content
  • Lectures recorded using Panopto

Assessment

Taught elements will be assessed through:

  • Written examinations (open and closed book)
  • Oral presentations
  • Written reports, including a dissertation
  • Coursework including progression tests, problem sheets
  • Practical training elements

Research elements will be assessed at regular intervals through:

  • Written Reports & Final Thesis
  • Oral presentations
  • Poster Presentations

Overall workload

The expected total study time is 2,250 hours.

Your overall workload consists of face-to-face sessions and independent learning. Contact hours may vary according to the modules you choose.

At Imperial, each ECTS credit taken equates to an expected total study time of 25 hours.

For taught elements, held solely during the Autumn term, you will typically spend 81 hours in lectures and tutorials. An additional 294 hours will typically be spent on individual study. You will also typically spend 1700 hours undertaking Research elements held over the course of the degree.

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 normally a 2.1 degree in an engineering discipline, physical science or mathematical subject or equivalent.

Students with a minimum 2.1 degree in medical science, biology or cancer-related subject may be admitted if they have a demonstrated track record of training or engagement in engineering, biophysics, cancer technologies or mathematics.

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 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.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Bioengineering's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Bioengineering

T: +44 (0)20 7594 2259
E: be.pgadmissions@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Application deadlines

Applications for this course will be considered in two rounds with separate deadlines:

  1. 1 March 2021: If you submit your application by this deadline, you can expect a decision by mid-April.
  2. 5 July 2021: All applications received after Round 1 are reviewed on a rolling basis up until this second and final deadline.

We advise applicants to apply early as the limited number of places might be allocated before the deadlines are reached.

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.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all visa-nationals, with the exception of EEA/Swiss nationals and nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme’s Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’, as well as your university supervisor name. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptorSupervisor name
CAH10-01-06 bioengineering, medical and biomedical engineering Professor Anthony Bull

Your student visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

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.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

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.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

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.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication). 

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.

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 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

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.

A number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students. Find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

This section outlines additional costs relevant to this course. These are not included in your tuition fees. It's possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Figures are approximated, usually based on costs in the most recent academic year. They are likely to change each year but it's useful for you to be aware of the things you may have to pay for. This can help you budget for life at Imperial.

Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you can opt-out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Textbooks Mandatory £150
Personal Protective Equipment Mandatory Provided

Further information

Bioengineering

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