Postgraduate biomedical engineering studentECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time
LocationSouth Kensington

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course provides a grounding in neurotechnology research, and enables you to develop the technical skills required to carry out successful PhD work.


About the course


Neurotechnology is the use of insights and tools from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to investigate neural function and treat dysfunction. Brain-related illnesses

affect more than two billion people worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Reducing this burden is a major challenge for society.

The MRes Neurotechnology is a one year full-time programme which will provide you with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills in this exciting area.  Our MRes will prepare you for an innovative research career at the interface between neuroscience and engineering, in academia, industry, or elsewhere.

The programme comprises lectures, practical work and workshops in the first term, followed by full-time work on a research project.  In addition, you will attend regular symposia and a neurotechnology journal club throughout the year.  Your research project will be supervised by a multidisciplinary team of at least two Imperial College London supervisors who will bring technical and neuroscience expertise to the project. 

The MRes Neurotechnology also forms the first year of the four-year CDT Neurotechnology programme.  Students on the one-year course benefit from interaction with CDT cohorts throughout the programme.


The MRes Neurotechnology provides unique training at the interface between neuroscience and engineering, enhancing your skills in research, analysis and scientific presentation and developing your ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Our programme provides a solid foundation in research for those continuing with a neurotechnology career, whether within the CDT Neurotechnology programme or a separate PhD, or working in industry.

Please note that you must contact a potential academic supervisor before applying, and there is more detail on what you need to in the before you apply section.


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

Please note that not all combinations of optional modules may be possible due to timetabling constraints.

Core modules

  • Computational Methods Training
  • Ethical and Social Implications of Neurotechnology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Machine Learning and Neural Computation
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Neurotechnology Journal Club
  • 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
  • Electrophysiology
  • Health Economics and Decision Making
  • Hearing and Speech Processing
  • Human Neuromechanical Control and Learning
  • Image Processing
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • MEMS and Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Optical Imaging Techniques
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Physiological Fluid Mechanics
  • Radiotherapy physics and radiobiology
  • Systems Physiology
  • Techniques in Molecular Bioengineering

Research project

You complete a nine-month research project supported by at least two academic members of staff from Imperial College. Your supervisors will be experts in their field, with a keen interest in your particular research topic. Your research project will be agreed with your MRes supervisors at the time of application.

You will submit a six-page literature review and thesis proposal in early February and present your preliminary research results as a poster at the Centre for Neurotechnology symposium in the summer. You will then continue to work on your research projects until submission of the MRes thesis in mid-September.

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

Teaching and assessment


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


  • Coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Written examinations
  • Written reports

Staff expertise

You are taught by experts in the field from the Centre of Neurotechnology and will be supervised by at least two members of staff from Imperial College London while completing your thesis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a physical science or engineering subject. Students with a biological or medical sciences background may be considered if they can demonstrate substantial quantitative skills (such as university level maths, engineering or programming).

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 equivalent standard for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Before you apply

All applicants must apply online and full details of the process are given in the how to apply section below.

There are additional steps in the application process for some of our postgraduate courses, including this one.

You must decide on a supervisor and agree on a project with them before you apply for this course. Please review the below pages which will help you in identifying a supervisor and give greater detail on the steps you need to take before making an application.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. 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 team website.