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MSc Biomedical Engineering

Course Description

The Department offers an MSc course with four separate streams:

Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics

Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanics

Biomedical Engineering with Neurotechnology

Biomedical Engineering with Biomaterials

The Medical Physics stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on human physiology, and the use of radiation in treatment and in clinical imaging (especially MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and optical techniques), as well as the signal and image processing methods needed for the design and optimal use of such systems in diagnosis and research.

The Biomechanics stream is focused on bioengineering problems related to major diseases associated with an ageing population, such as cardiovascular disease, glaucoma, and bone and joint disease (osteoarthritis, osteoporosis).

These are major causes of mortality and morbidity, and this stream prepares engineers for a career in these key growth areas.

The Neurotechnology stream covers the development of new technology for the investigation of brain function, focusing on the application of this to benefit society—for example the development of neuroprosthetic devices, new neuroimaging techniques, and developing drugs and robotic assistive devices for those with central nervous system disorders, as well as in biologically-inspired control engineering.

The Biomaterials stream is offered jointly with the Department of Materials.

It addresses the selection and use of biomaterialsin medical and surgical devices, including their application, properties, interaction with tissues and drawbacks. Existing and new biomaterials are studied, including bioactive and biodegradable materials, implants and dental materials.

Modules also cover the development of materials for new applications, the response of cells and the design of materials as scaffolds for tissue engineering, which involves tailoring materials so that they guide stem cells to produce new tissue.

You will be required to choose your stream at the time of application. All four streams lead to the award of the MSc in Biomedical Engineering. The Medical Physics and Biomechanics streams are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

The course is full-time for one calendar year, starting in October. It currently has an annual intake of about 60 students.

Visit the MSc Biomedical Engineering page on the Imperial College London web site for more details!

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Daniel Schwyn

The MSc course in Biomedical Engineering offers engineers the unique opportunity to put their skills into practice in an exciting and rewarding field. I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of lecturers with clinical experience and professors with an outstanding research record. Great careers in research, engineering, consulting and healthcare are up for grabs. In fact, thanks to this MSc, I met my current PhD supervisor and was offered a studentship to continue at College.


Department of Bioengineering Scholarship and Bagrit Scholarship - 10 Awards

The Bagrit Scholarships and Department of Bioengineering Scholarships provide partial funding for students undertaking the one-year MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London on a full-time basis commencing in October 2012.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships may be awarded to any student regardless of country of origin, but will not be awarded to those who already have external funding for the course. Selection will be based on academic excellence however an applicant’s financial need may also be considered; for this reason applicants will normally summarise their financial circumstances clearly in their application

Application Procedure

Applicants to the MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London who recieve an offer of a place will be invited to apply for a scholarship. At that stage they will be sent further details and a scholarship application form. Students should apply for the course by 30 April 2012 to be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.1 Engineering, Physical Science or Mathematics

Course Fees

To find up-to-date information on our fees please visit our Student Finance page (View Website)

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