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Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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Overview

Developed to prepare students for a bioengineering research career, this course equips you to analyse and solve problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

The course involves lectures and practical work in the first term, followed by full-time work on a research project. Graduates therefore gain substantial research experience. A variety of seminars and workshops are also provided to deepen and broaden your skill base.

The course welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds, including life or medical sciences graduates who wish to develop their engineering skills and students with MEng or similar degrees who would like to build their research experience.

Given the substantial research component, applicants are expected to identify and ideally make contact with potential research supervisors prior to application. See the ‘How to Apply’ for more.
You can also take this course as the first year of a four-year PhD programme. For further details contact the postgraduate administrator at be.pgadmissions@imperial.ac.uk.

Careers

The MRes course provides particularly solid foundation for progression to a PhD. The Department of Bioengineering also works closely with industry to ensure courses equip graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills valued in the workplace, for example in medical start-ups or pharmaceutical companies.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees 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 your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Structure

Core modules

You study all of the modules below.

  • Computational Methods for Bioengineering
  • Journal Club
  • Seminars
  • Statistics and Data Analysis

Optional modules

You choose between one and four modules from below.

Some of the below modules come from our MSc degrees, and the assessment for these modules is replaced by a short report.

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Biomimetics
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Mechanical Workshop Skills
  • Medical Device Certification
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Optical Imaging Techniques
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Radiotherapy Physics and Radiobiology
  • Systems Physiology
  • Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering

Research project

We encourage students to contact potential research project supervisors (see the Research staff) before application, to ensure that there is a suitable project available. The MRes Bioengineering programme is a full-time course that stretches over a full calendar year, from start of Autumn term in October until 30 September.

The research project makes up three-quarters of your MRes and provides an opportunity to demonstrate your advanced knowledge and write extensively on an emerging research theme.

During the Autumn and Spring terms MRes students take their taught modules. At the start of Spring term, students submit a literature survey and research proposal (early January) and continue with Seminar modules.

In the summer term students will present your preliminary research results at the Departmental Research Day. Students then will continue to work on their research projects until the MRes thesis submission in September.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Written examinations
  • 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 9am–6pm.

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

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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

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

How to apply

Application deadlines

The Department of Bioengineering has two separate deadlines, one for students who do not require a visa/ATAS clearance, and another for students who do.

  • Saturday 15 June 2019 if you require a visa/ATAS clearance to study this course, due to the time required to pursue Home Office approval for visas.
  • Wednesday 31 July 2019 if you do not require a visa/ATAS clearance

Finding a supervisor

You are required to idenify a potential supervisor, usually in your personal statement, due to the substantial research component within this MRes degree.

Ideally, you will have also made contact with potential supervisors prior to application.

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and 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 22 March 2019 are considered for these scholarships.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
£13,250 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
£31,250 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 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

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 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.

Scholarships

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

Bioengineering

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E: be.pgadmissions@imperial.ac.uk

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