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MEng Biomedical Engineering with a Year in Industry

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

26000 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 13 GBP
National 13 GBP
Department of Bioengineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

This new stream within the Department of Bioengineering combines the study of biomedical engineering with the opportunity to undertake a 12-month internship in industry between years three and four.

To apply for this degree, you should apply for the four-year MEng Biomedical Engineering. All students follow a common programme of study for the first two years. At the end of the second year students achieving a 2:1 standard or above have the opportunity to remain registered on the MEng programme. The MEng allows specialisation in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, as well as the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry and/or study abroad in the final year.

Students who do not meet this academic standard will be permitted to continue on the three-year BEng programme.

Course description
The modules in this degree are designed to help you develop a deep understanding of fundamental engineering principles, such as heat and mass transfer, mechanics and electromagnetics. You will also gain specific expertise in how the human body functions through topics such as medical science and molecules, cells and processes.

It is this fusion of engineering knowledge and its practical application in healthcare that have led to advancements in areas such as assistive medical technologies, from artificial limbs to implanted medical devices such as pacemakers, stents and hearing aids, for people living with injuries, disabilities or illnesses.

The increasing reliance in medical practice on information technology means there is an increasing demand for doctors with technical expertise in a wide range of medical specialties including cardiology, orthopaedics, radiology and surgery. A number of our graduates apply to enter graduate medical courses and follow a route leading eventually to BEng and MBBS degrees.

Year in Industry
The year in industry is a great opportunity for you to put your knowledge into practice in an industrial setting. It is also a chance to build up a network of contacts for the future.

Although the year will not count towards your degree, you will work on a real project set by your host company, gaining skills and knowledge that you can take into your final year of study at Imperial.

You will be responsible for organising your own placement, however the Department has strong links with industry and a dedicated industrial liaison officer can offer advice on companies to approach. Imperial’s Careers Service can also provide further advice and support.

Study abroad
All students have the chance to apply to study abroad during the final year which counts directly towards your degree. While abroad you will complete a programme of study that is similar to the programme offered at Imperial. The work you do will be assessed, with grades achieved abroad counting towards your final degree mark.

We currently have exchange agreements with the following institutions:

  • Eidgenössiche Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology, France
  • University of California (e.g. Berkeley, San Diego)
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Melbourne, Australia

The places available at each partner university are normally limited to one or two and are generally only available to students who are on track to achieve at least a 2:1 by the end of year three.

Check further details on University website

Eligibility Criteria

All engineers must use physical principles to understand the problems they are addressing. One major approach is to use mathematical models to describe the processes and systems that they are investigating and to predict their performance. A thorough understanding of mathematics is therefore essential.

Within the first two years of the course you will develop your mathematical skills, but you must demonstrate a high potential in this area before entering the course.

In biomedical engineering you will need to apply an unusually broad range of scientific principles, but, as in all other engineering disciplines, a solid understanding of physics is an essential requirement. In addition, you will need to apply a broad range of scientific principles to become a successful engineer.

As the course progresses, you will acquire expertise in other areas of science including chemistry and particularly the biomedical sciences. We recognise that it is unlikely that you will have studied all sciences to a high level, but it is essential that you demonstrate proficiency in physics before embarking on the course.

The normal A-level requirements are A*AA to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A in Physics
  • A in Further Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology
  • AS-level Chemistry and Biology are useful, though not essential, if they have been obtained with at least a grade B at GCSE either individually or as components of Combined Science.

International Baccalaureate
For students following the International Baccalaureate, we require 38 points overall, to include:

  • 6 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics at higher level
  • 6 in a third subject at higher level

Accepted English Qualifications

AS Level/A-level

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • European Baccalaureate
  • GCSE or GCE 'O' Level
  • Hong Kong AS Level
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations Syllabus B
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Option of the French Baccalaureat (OIB)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Malaysian Certificate of Education (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia)
  • Scottish Standard Grade
  • Singapore Cambridge A-Levels
  • Singapore Cambridge O-Levels
  • Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A Levels (SIPCAL)
  • USA Advanced Placement Examination
  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

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Course Modules

Years 1 and 2
BEng and MEng first and second years are required to take all of the following modules which integrate engineering concepts and practice with a wide range of medical applications:

  • Walking and Running
  • Molecules, Cells, Processes
  • Mathematics
  • Vibrations and Waves
  • Electromagnetics
  • Logic and Digital Systems
  • Medical Science I Respiratory and Cardiovascular
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics 
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Heat and Mass Transport
  • Programming
  • Engineering properties of Materials
  • Electrical Engineering Labs
  • Wet lab skills
  • Topics in Bioengineering
  • Electronic Build Project
  • Atomic, Molecular and Semiconductor Structure 
  • Signals and Systems 
  • Control Systems
  • Mechanical Workshop Skills

The first two years provide a platform for specialisation in the final year(s) of the degree programme.

In second year, you will take part in an engineering design project based on the Rio Tinto Sports Innovation Challenge, which aims to unleash your creativity to improve the sporting and training equipment available to disabled people.

As part of the project, you will have chance to work with students from the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering to share ideas, knowledge and skills. Past projects have included:

an EMG (muscle-electrical signal) operated gear changing for upper-limb amputee cyclists
a navigational communications and control suit to give sensory feedback via a smartphone for visually or orally impaired sailors

Year 3
In the third and fourth year, you choose between the Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering pathway. You also have the freedom to take a range of optional modules in an area of biomedical engineering that particularly interests you, from other engineering departments such as the:

  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Computing
  • Department of Chemical Engineering

In the third year, you are required to take ALL the compulsory modules and EITHER two technical options and two Business school/Humanities options OR three technical options and one Business school/Humanities option


  • Both pathways:Modelling in Biology
  • MEng Group Project
  • Electrical Engineering pathway:Image Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Mechanical Engineering pathway:Biomedical Advanced and Computational Stress Analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fuild Mechanics


  • Medical Imaging  
  • Physiological Imaging and Monitoring
  • Stress Analysis
  • Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Synthetic Biology 
  • Human Centred Design of Assistive and Rehabilitation Devices
  • Control Engineering
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Transport Systems for Biological Processes 
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Biomedical Advanced and Computational Stress Analysis
  • Philosophy
  • European History
  • Politics
  • History of Medicine
  • Music and Western Civilisation Communicating Science: The Public and the Media
  • Philosophies of Science: Theory, Society and Communication 
  • Finance and Financial Management  
  • Managerial Economics  
  • Entrepreneurship  
  • Languages
  • Innovation Management  
  • Design Led Innovation and New Venture Creation

Year in Industry
You spend this year undertaking a placement in industry, before returning to Imperial to complete your final year of study.

Year 4
You are required to take SIX technical options (including at least TWO Bioengineering options) and ONE Business school option and an individual project


  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis 
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Brain-machine Interfaces
  • Biomaterials
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Cellular Biomechanics
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Advanced Medical Imaging


  • Optimisation
  • Intelligent Data and Probabilistic Inference
  • Mems and Nanotechnology
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Graphics
  • Transport Systems for Biological Processes
  • High Performance Analogue Electronics
  • Information Theory
  • Integrated Circuit Design and Technology
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computation
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
  • Integrated Design and Manufacture
  • Tribology
  • Machine System Dynamics
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Analogue Signal Processing
  • Nanomaterials


  • Managerial Economics
  • Innovation Management
  • Finance and Financial Management 
  • Entrepreneurship

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How to Apply

For all full-time undergraduate higher education courses at universities and colleges in the UK, you must make an online application via UCAS.

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

For all applicants, there are full instructions on the UCAS website to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate. UCAS also has a comprehensive guide called Applying Online, which can be downloaded from their website. UCAS allows you to apply to up to five courses per year.

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