The MRes in Bioengineering prepares students for research careers in Bioengineering, equipping them to analyse and solve problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. Graduates of the programme will be able to pursue careers at the interface between the physical, biological and medical sciences in academia, industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations. The programme provides a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for a PhD.
The programme includes lectures, workshops, seminars, practical work and a period of full-time work on a significant research project. The course will prepare students to analyse and solve problems in bioengineering using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.
The programme consists of a taught element (25%) and research element (75%). Core modules of the taught element include Computational methods for bioengineering, Statistics and data analysis, the MRes Journal Club, a minimum of 2 electives, and Research seminar. The Electives of the taught element include for example Biomechanics, Computational neuroscience, Biomaterials, Machine learning and neural computation, Image processing and Brain-machine interfaces.
The research element includes the literature review plan, a poster presentation, the individual MRes thesis report and an oral examination.
About the Department
The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas: — Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health. — Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health. — Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 95% of the Department’s returned research was judged either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, confirming our position as the leading Department in the UK. We’re committed to building on this success, expanding both our basic and applied bioengineering research, and providing excellent training through our popular undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes.
As befits a new and growing discipline, the Department’s staff come from diverse academic disciplines including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, creating a rich collaborative environment. The interaction of our staff, along with colleagues across the institution, ensures our research benefits from both engineering rigour and clinical relevance.
We focus on six core themes: — Biomechanics and Mechanobiology — Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering — Detection, Devices and Design — Implants and Regenerative Medicine — Human and Biological Robotics — Neural Engineering. These areas are connected and fluid, with staff and students working across more than one area, and often at the interfaces.
How to Apply
Application deadline for entry 2018 entry is 31 July 2018; for Applicants who are likely to need a visa to study in the UK, the deadline is 30 June 2018. However, the programme is very popular which means it can be closed earlier when full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
Once you’ve found a suitable project and supervisor, you should then please apply via Imperial College’s online application system:
a. Please include a brief project proposal in your personal statement to confirm that your application is being made to a research area, stating supervisor choice and motivation.
b. We require two academic references.
c. Your application will be reviewed by the proposed supervisor and MRes Bioengineering Programme Director initially. Applicants are interviewed by two members of academic staff where there is potential of finding a suitable project and supervisor.
d. If your interview is successful and a suitable project and supervisor can be confirmed, applicants usually will be offered a conditional place, subject to meeting Imperial College entry requirements and obtaining appropriate funding for the duration of the studies.
Please note that it can take 2-3 months after the application was made until the applicants can be informed about the outcome of the application.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Imperial College offer a range of (competitive) scholarships for postgraduate students to support them through their studies. Please visit the scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for. There are also a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Our Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering first began in 1991 and provides all of the necessary technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills to succeed in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. This degree offers four distinct steams, each of which accredited and employment-focused:
Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics and Imaging.
Biomedical Engineering with Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biomedical Engineering with Neurotechnology
Biomedical Engineering with Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
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 100 students.