Medical Robotics

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: St Mary's
ECTS: 90 credits

Course Director
Dr Daniel Elson

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
Course overview
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This course will provide you with the research experience required to work within the highly innovative field of medical robotics and surgical technology.

Medical Robotics and Image-Guided Intervention are two technology-driven areas of medicine that have experienced tremendous growth and improvement over the last twenty years, partly driven by the surgical aim of progressively less invasive and harmful treatments.

This is a multidisciplinary field and is led by three internationally-known departments:

All teaching and research will take place in the leading facilities of the Hamlyn Centre.

Taught modules include a mixture of engineering and medical topics such as medical robotics and instrumentation, minimally invasive surgery, surgical imaging and optics, image guided intervention, perception and ergonomics.

You will spend nine months working on a cutting-edge research project.


You are provided with advanced research skills valued in academic research and engineering careers.

Graduates are well placed to apply for further study at PhD level in leading universities, which provides an opportunity to pursue your chosen research area covered in the individual project.


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


Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

  • Group Research Skills Project
  • Image Guided Intervention
  • Medical Robotics and Instrumentation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Perception and Ergonomics
  • Surgical Imaging and Optics

Individual project

Your individual project begins at the start of the second term and continues through to the end of your degree.

Research projects can be taken at Imperial, where you are assigned an academic supervisor, or at an insitution other than Imperial, in which case you are assigned one supervisor from the college and another from the host institution.

Teaching and assessment


  • Group research
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials


  • Analysis of results (strength and validity of findings)
  • Computational tools packages
  • Experiments (design, planning and execution)
  • Group research project
  • Individual project
  • Presentations
  • Report writing

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)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

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 £10,000 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.


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.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a science or engineering based subject. Applicants with a lower degree qualification but at least three years’ work experience may be considered.

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.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

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

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

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.

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

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students


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