Engineering for Biomedicine

Learn how to solve problems in biomedical engineering through this cross-disciplinary course.

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. 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 term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a  high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your  teaching  will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience 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

Applications are now closed


Bioengineers are leading the way in tackling modern healthcare challenges. From the development of rapid testing technologies to designing new life-saving devices.

Bioengineering lives at the interface of engineering and medicine. It advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, improving lives through cross-disciplinary activities.

This new course has been developed for a world where working together to solve global health problems is more important than ever. This course allows outstanding clinical and life sciences graduates to develop their technical skills and understanding of biomedical engineering. It enables them to apply these skills and knowledge to the development of life-saving technologies.

This course prepares you to analyse and solve problems in bioengineering using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. During the course, you will develop your knowledge and be able to share your own skills and expertise through interaction with students on other programmes in the Department.

Structure overview 

Your first two terms focus on lectures and practical work, followed by full-time work on a research project. A range of seminars and workshops will help deepen and broaden your research skills-base. 

Tailored courses in mathematics and computing will enable you to engage with the fundamentals of bioengineering.

In your core modules, you will learn the basics of engineering maths, biomedical imaging, programming skills, statistical and data analysis tools and medical device certification. You’ll also learn how to assess critically relevant scientific literature.

Through optional modules, you will have the chance to learn about a diverse range of topics. These will be relevant to regenerative medicine, diagnosis and treatment of disease, orthopaedics, and synthetic biology. This gives you the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in areas that interest you.

Your studies culminate in a substantial research project hosted by one of our world-leading research groups. 

This course runs for 12 months, starting in late September. You will be expected to spend the summer months working full-time on your individual research project. We do not recommend this course for students who would like to take up clinical jobs starting in early August. 


Teaching will be based on our South Kensington Campus. Some research projects and optional seminars may be based at our new White City Campus. 

This is an exciting time, as the College prepares for the launch of The Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub that will drive clinical translation of MedTech innovation through integrated clinical and imaging facilities and proximity to the Hammersmith Hospital campus.


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

There are many areas of employment open to you as a graduate of this course. Previous graduates of the Department have gone on to pursue careers in:

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


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

Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering 

This module will provide basic principles of mathematics, computational thinking, basic electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics.

Statistical and computational methods for research

In this module, you will provide a foundation in programming and statistical methods to prepare students for their extended research project.

Principles of Biomedical Imaging

This module aims to explain how images of the human body can be obtained using different forms of penetrating radiation. It will provide a detailed explanation of how the imaging modalities of CT, X-ray, MR, US and optical imaging work.

Medical Device Certification

This module is aimed at teaching key information and skills needed by professional engineers in the development of medical systems and devices; specifically, in the preparation of a project for CE certification (or regulatory approval in the appropriate environment).

Journal club

A seminar-based module that will develop your ability to critically analyse the latest research in Biomedical Engineering and advance your scientific writing and presentation skills.

Research project

A range of projects is offered by our world-leading research groups, spanning fundamental research, technological solutions to clinical problems, and translational and patient-facing work. 

Optional modules

Advanced physiological monitoring

In this module, you will focus on three core aspects of biological and clinical measurement. The measurement topics will principally be supported using selected papers from the recent literature that illustrate the benefits of using time domain data to understand physiological and pathological processes.

Biomaterials for Bioengineers

This module will introduce major classes of biomedical implant materials including metals, ceramics and polymers. We will focus of how these classes of materials have been used clinically to replace body parts or tissues within the body as implanted devices, the types and reasons for failure and introduce biomaterials as tissue engineering constructs to regenerate diseased tissues to restore organ function.

Medical device entrepreneurship

In this module, you will be introduced to various aspects of medical device entrepreneurship. Lectures will be centred around case studies and often given by guest speakers from start-ups, industry and investment films to give you a sense of the process and challenges in developing your own business idea. You will have the opportunity to discuss case studies based on other people’s experience of bringing medical devices to market and the specific challenges associated with the development of new products in the medical sector.

Research project

Finding a project

You will be matched with research projects at the end of the first term. From November onwards, you will have the opportunity to meet with potential supervisors to discuss potential projects and how they fit with your skills, experiences and aspirations.

Projects are drawn from across the full range of our research work. We can't guarantee the opportunity to work with particular supervisors or in particular research areas, but you will have the chance to choose from a range of projects. These span fundamental research, technological solutions to clinical problems, and translational and patient-facing work.

There are also occasional opportunities to work with industrial partners or on projects co-supervised with other departments at Imperial.


In the Spring term, you will carry out background research and preparatory activities. These include attending group meetings, seeking ethical approval and attending safety inductions or relevant technical training alongside their taught courses. You will also submit an assessed planning report in this term.

Most data collection or practical work is normally carried out in Summer after examinations finish in early June. The final grade for this module comprises the planning report, the final 6,000-word project report and a project presentation.

Previous projects on our MSc Biomedical Engineering course have included:

  • Real-time monitoring of traumatic brain injury patients
  • Mapping skin temperatures during cooling after surgery
  • Lung mechanics in trauma Nanoparticles for
  • Cancer Treatment

Teaching and assessment


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


Written exams

  • Short questions/essays/multiple choice
  • Coursework
  • Written reports
  • Laboratory write-ups
  • Risk analyses and technical Files
  • Paper/grant review commentary
  • Marked problem sheets
  • Grant writing exercises
  • Lab book completion
  • Mastery assessments


  • Online multiple-choice progression tests
  • Online quizzes


  • Laboratory practical exercises
  • Oral presentations

Overall workload

The expected total study time is 2,250 hours per year.

Your overall workload consists of face-to-face sessions and independent learning. While your actual contact hours may vary according to the optional modules you choose to study, the following gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities.

For a typical 5 ECTS module, it is expected that 27 hours would be spent in lecture and/or tutorials/labs, and 98 hours in independent study.

For the research project, we expect that students spend 100 hours in training, meetings and other research group-related activities, and 900 hours engaged in independent study and research.

Entry requirements

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


Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a clinical or life science degree.

Applicants awarded an unclassified clinical degree (e.g MBBS, MBChB and MChD/BChD) are expected to show good academic standing (typically within the top 50% of their medical school cohort). Where a graded intercalated degree has been undertaken at least a 2.1 should have been achieved.

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

Offers are issued on a rolling basis between March 2020 and August 2020.

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

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.

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.

Further information


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