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Key facts

Total expected intake 
170 (2018 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio 
3.8 : 1 (for 2015 entry)

Research Excellence Framework 2014 
3rd in the UK in General Engineering based on proportion of world leading research

About the Department

Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering is ranked in the top ten places in the world to study (QS World University rankings by subject 2017). 

Bioengineering is a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and technology to medical and biological problems. With an ageing population and advances in technology, bioengineering plays an integral role in global issues such as healthcare, energy and the environment.

We employ a broad range of skills to tackle these grand challenges, from maths, mechanics, programming and design, to computational neuroscience, medical science and biomolecular engineering. 

In healthcare, bioengineers are developing earlier diagnostic tools, assistive devices to help the less able, wearable technology and drug-delivery devices. The London Paralympic Games 2012 were a fantastic showcase for the work of bioengineers, from the prostheses that powered athletes such as Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Oliveira, to the sport-specific wheelchair that Great Britain’s David Weir used to win four Paralympic golds. 

In the environment, bioengineers are developing synthetic filters to remove hazardous metal ions from water. In energy, bioengineers are engineering yeast at the cellular level to produce biofuels at an industrial scale. 

Our academics come from diverse backgrounds, which enables us to deliver challenging courses with engineering at their core. We are constantly evolving our modules to align with the latest industry developments and academic research. The Department also benefits from newly refurbished state-of-the-art laboratories, including 'wet labs' for cell culture, biosensors and electrophysiology, as well as 'dry labs' for modelling, electronics and 3D printing.


Four-year courses (240 ECTS):

Five-year course (270 ECTS):

*Apply initially for MEng Biomedical Engineering (BH9C)