Medical Device Design

Key information

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

Deadline: Friday 22 March 2019
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Overview

You focus on the understanding of neuromechanics, biomimetics design, signal and image processing and the application of robotics in health and everyday life.

Our one-year full-time MSc in Human and Biological Robotics is a wide-ranging course covering robotics for humans and society, service and social robotics, rehabilitation technology, as well as machine vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This Master's course has a unique focus on engineering methods which investigate human and animal sensing and sensorimotor control, and on the design of biomimetic systems and assistive devices for humans. It builds upon the unique strengths of the Department of Bioengineering and the wider College in this new field.

You will be well supported by the Imperial Robotics Forum, which groups together robotics researchers at Imperial doing multidisciplinary research at the cutting edge of several disciplines.

The course is taught by the Department of Bioengineering, where you will spend most of your study time, with additional input from the Departments of Aeronautics, Computing, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

Careers

You will follow an exciting programme of study at the forefront of an emerging discipline, which aims to ensure graduates develop a deep understanding of human and biological robotics.

There is also an emphasis entrepreneurship and collaboration with other disciplines, which makes sure graduates are highly employable across many types of organisations.

Our graduates are well placed for the following fields:

  • Further research in universities, research institutes, industry and healthcare
  • Design and production (of medical devices and biomimetic systems)
  • Freelancing, entrepreneurship and start-ups
  • Technical and commercial consulting

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 take all of the core modules from the list below.

  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computation
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Robotics 1
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Systems Physiology

Optional modules

You choose three optional modules in total from Groups 1 and 2 below.

Group 1

You choose two or three optional modules from the list below. Typically available options are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimetics
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Machine Learning for Computer Vision

Group 2

You choose up to one optional module from the list below. Typically available options are:

  • Embedded C for Microcontrollers
  • Human Centred Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices
  • Robotics

Research project

The MSc Individual Project allows you to specialise in a relevant area of your choice, perhaps to suit interests, or future career plans.

The project will account for over 900 study hours and attribute 40% of your overall MSc grade.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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

Assessment

  • Coursework including multiple choice progression tests, problem sheets, and quizzes
  • Oral presentations
  • Written examinations (open and closed book)
  • Written reports, including a dissertation

Staff expertise

You will be taught primarily in the Department of Bioengineering with potential for input from other Departments. Additionally you will benefit from close links with the Imperial Robotics Forum, a multidisciplinary group made up of over 20 laboratories, more than 30 principal investigators and 150 researchers and PhD students.

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 an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject.

This is a mathematically-demanding programme and students are expected to have robust quantitative skills.

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

We consider applications to this degree in two rounds, and when you apply will determine which round your application is considered in.

Please note that a completed application includes your most recent transcript, personal statement and two acceptable references. Make sure you check that these aspects of your application are received by the relevant date.

We recommend applicants keep track of whether their references have been sent and be pro-active in following up with their referees if necessary.

First application round

  • All applications complete by 5pm on Monday 3 December 2018
  • Latest decision date: Friday 18 January 2019

Second application round

  • All applications complete between Tuesday 4 December – Friday 22 March 2019
  • Latest decision date: Monday 29 April 2019

The final deadline for application to this course is therefore Friday 22 March 2019.

Second choice applicants

Applicants with this programme as their second choice will be placed in the application round based on when their complete application becomes eligible for this programme, normally the first working day after they have received a decision on their first choice programme. Applications received after 22 March are not considered: it is your responsibility to liaise with your first choice programme if you wish to withdraw from that choice in order to be considered for MSc Human and Biological Robotics.

Late applications

This programme is highly competitive. We do not normally consider any applications received after 22 March. After this date, you may like to consider our MSc Biomedical Engineering (link) or MRes Neurotechnology (link).

Waiting list

We endeavour to give a final accept or reject decision on your application by the published date. However, a small number of applicants may receive a “waiting list” decision, to allow us to fairly compare applicants across application rounds. Applicants on the waiting list will receive a final decision by 29 April, often sooner.

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

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.

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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