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Develop research and analytical skills related to bioengineering to prepare for PhD study on this hands-on, full-time course

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2022
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

This course combines the development of medical devices and biomedical engineering knowledge alongside entrepreneurship skills.

The focus is on the intricate and unique field of medical device development and the key entrepreneurship and management skills required to get the device to market, from concept to business planning and market emergence.

In addition to specific training in medical device entrepreneurship, you will develop research and analytical skills related to bioengineering. This provides a solid foundation for those intending to go into industry or to continue on to undertake a PhD.

This is a hands-on course, with much of the training and assessment based around a year-long project aimed at developing an engineering developmental and start-up business plan around a medical device concept.

The programme is supplemented by a small amount of formal teaching. A variety of seminars and workshops are also provided to deepen and broaden your skill base.

Choosing your research project

The first of its kind in the UK, this course aims to ensure the development of advanced medical devices.

Our course prepares you for an innovative research career in bioengineering. The practical nature of the course, along with the key training in business skills, sees you well-placed to seek a career in this area.

With the research project element of this course accounting for three-quarters of the assessment, you will be equally well-prepared to pursue further study and research at PhD-level.

Careers

This MRes was the first of its kind in the UK and aims to ensure the development of advanced medical devices.

Our course prepares you for an innovative research career in Bioengineering. The practical nature of the course, and the key training in business skills, sees you well-placed to seek a career in this area.

You are equally well-prepared to pursue further study and research at PhD level, with the research project element of this course accounting for three-quarters of the assessment.

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.

Structure

This page reflects the latest version of the curriculum for this year of entry. However, this information is subject to change.

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 this year of entry.

We recommend you check this page before finalising your application and again before accepting your offer. We will update this page as soon as any changes are confirmed 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 any changes made.

Page last reviewed on 25 October 2021.

Structure

Core modules

  • Computational and Statistical Methods for Research
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Topics in Biomedical Engineering and Business

Optional modules

For the Topics in Biomedical Engineering and Business module, you choose four optional modules, which are assessed via short 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
  • Bioengineering  Approaches to Cancer
  • Biomaterials for Bioengineers
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanotransduction
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Engineering in Cancer Therapy
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Industrial Applications of Cellular Engineering
  • Ionising Tissue and Flow imaging
  • Mathematical Methods for Bioengineers
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Molecular Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
  • Nanotechnologies for Cancer Diagnosis & Cancer Therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Non-ionising Functional and Tissue Imaging
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Principles of Biomedical Imaging
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Systems Physiology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Research project

You will complete a nine-month research project under the supervision of at least one academic member of staff in the Department of Bioengineering with additional guidance from the entrepreneur-in-residence. Your supervisor will be an expert in their field with a keen interest in your research topic.

Your research project will be agreed with your MRes supervisor at the time of application.

The research project is a master's level thesis. It provides an opportunity for you to hone your strengths and develop a particular specialism.

You will submit a planning report in early January and present your preliminary research results in the summer. You will then continue to work on your research project until submission and defence of your MRes thesis in September.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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

E-learning and blended learning

  • Virtual Learning Environment: Blackboard
  • Online groups and discussions
  • Online quizzes and interactive content
  • Anonymous feedback
  • Lectures recording using Panopto

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Written reports

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 09.00 to 18.00.

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 engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, life sciences or biomedical sciences.

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

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

If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.

The fee applies per application and not per course:

  • £80 for taught Master's applications (excluding MBAs)
  • £135 for MBA applications

There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.

If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver. 

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

2022 entry

£15,400

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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.

Overseas rate of tuition

2022 entry

£35,700

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 2022 will apply to fees for the academic year 2022–2023.

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.

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.

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 Monday 14 June 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.

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.

Further information

Bioengineering

Got a question?

Admissions Tutor and Enquiries
T: +44 (0)20 7594 5146
E: be.pgadmissions@imperial.ac.uk

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