Cancer technology

Develop a unique understanding of cancer from a bioengineering perspective

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

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 (in-person) and remote (online) learning and research opportunities. We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery.  Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide you with increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress 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 the academic year, 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.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2020
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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The MRes in Cancer Technology will equip you with skills to address tomorrow’s challenges in cancer using state-of-the-art technologies and physical sciences/mathematical approaches.

This 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.


This MRes is the first of its kind in the UK and will prepare you for on-demand research careers within the growing field of engineering in cancer. Students will be particularly well equipped for multi-disciplinary PhD programmes or jobs in drug discovery, biotechnology and medical devices, among others.


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


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
  • Cancer Technology Research Project

Research project

This module is the main research component of the course. It’s a comprehensive, nine-month research project.

Your research project will run at the interface of bioengineering and cancer. You will typically be supervised by two academics with complementary expertise based at Imperial College London and the Institute of Cancer Research.

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
  • A final oral presentation defending your thesis
  • Your final thesis

You will be matched with supervisors in November. Your 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


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.


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 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

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

There are two separate deadlines for this course. One for students who do not require a visa/ATAS clearance, and another for students who do.

  • Monday 6 July 2020 if you require a visa/ATAS clearance to study this course, due to the time required to pursue Home Office approval for visas.
  • Friday 31 July 2020 if you do not require a visa/ATAS clearance

We advise you apply early as the limited number of places on this course might be allocated before 31 July.

The course starts in October, which is the start of the Autumn term. We offer the course on a full-time basis only.

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

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

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-06 bioengineering, medical and biomedical engineering

Your Tier 4 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.

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.

Department scholarships

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

All students who submit a completed application (with two references) before Friday 20 March 2020 are considered for these scholarships.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2020 entry

£14,000 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

£32,500 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool 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.

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

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