Biomedical Engineering with Medical Physics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 12.6 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 34.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 31, 2024
11 place StudyQA ranking:7901 Duration:3 semestrs

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The Medical Physics stream replaces the MSc in Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine that has been successfully offered by the Department since 1991. The Medical Physics stream trains graduates in the physical understanding required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on clinical imaging systems (especially MRI, ultrasound, x-ray and optical techniques), as well as the signal and image processing methods needed for design and optimal use of such systems in diagnosis and research.

The programme aims/objectives are to:

The aim of the programme is to train students in engineering methods as applied to medicine,
to equip them to perform healthcare and medical research using engineering principles, and
to be able to design and understand the use of medical equipment.
• Objectives of the programme are to
• Train students in the physical understanding of human physiology
• Train students in engineering methods that can be applied in healthcare
• Teach students in the principles of operation of medical imaging and
physiological monitoring equipment
• Teach the principles of radiation as used in clinical diagnosis and treatment

Course structure

Numbers in brackets are taught hours. C=core element, S=specialist element. 

Compulsory modules

  • BE9-MSPHYS Systems physiology (30) C
  • BE9-MSTDA Statistics and data analysis (30) C
  • BE9-MAPMDA Advanced physiological monitoring and data anaysis (30) S
  • BE9-MBIMG Biomedical imaging (30) C 
  • BE9-MJCLUB Journal club (10) C
  • BE9-MMDC Medical Device Certification (20) C

Option modules (at least four must be chosen)

At least two from

  • BE4-MAMI Advanced Medical Imaging (30) S
  • BE9-MRADP Radiotherapy and radiobiology (30) S
  • BE9-MNMED Nuclear medicine (30) S
  • BE3-HIPR Image processing (30) S

and the rest from

  • BE4-MCNS Computational neuroscience (30) (mutually exclusive with BE9-MHEDM) S
  • BE4-MBMX Biomechanics (30) S
  • MSE315 Biomaterials (30) S
  • BE9-MHEDM Health economics and decision making (30) (mutually exclusive with BE4-MCNS) S
  • E4.55 MEMS and nanotechnology (30) S


An upper second class or equivalent first degree is required, together with a satisfactory English test
result for non-native speakers and a satisfactory personal statement.

Selection is performed by the MSc course co-ordinator on the basis of academic performance and
exam results and the personal statement, working closely with the Higher Degrees Office in Registry,
who provide advice on the equivalence of foreign degrees. References are always taken, and where
there are special circumstances or in borderline cases applicants are interviewed.

The Department of Bioengineering has 5 partial scholarships (£5000 each) for this course. These 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 2015. Scholarships may be awarded to any student regardless of country of origin, but are unlikely to 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. To be eligible you must have applied for the course, and be holding an offer by the 31 March 2015. Applicants who meet these criteria will then be automatically put forward and will be notified if they are successful.

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