[Comp-neuro] Neurotechnology Master's studies at Imperial College London

Schultz, Simon R s.schultz at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Jun 7 20:14:43 CEST 2010

Dear All,

The following may be of interest to your undergraduate students - we  
would be very happy if you could bring it to their attention.

Imperial College is one of the world’s top engineering schools, with a  
growing and highly collaborative neuroscience and neurotechnology  
community as well as strengths in related disciplines such as  
robotics, computing, photonics, cell biology, biomechanics, and  
nanotechnology. The Department of Bioengineering has an exciting and  
expanding group of computational  and systems neuroscience researchers  
that combine experiments and theory. Relevant academic faculty include  
Anil Bharath,  Etienne Burdet, Aldo Faisal, Kenneth Harris, Holger  
Krapp and Simon Schultz. We now offer a specialised Masters stream in  
Neurotechnology as part of the Biomedical Engineering programme.

MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London
Applications now being accepted for October 2010 entry
Biomedical Engineering is an exciting and rapidly expanding discipline  
that endeavours to apply engineering principles to challenges faced in  
biology, life sciences and medicine. It is interdisciplinary by nature  
and at Imperial College London encompasses a number of diverse areas  
of research. Such research has lead to novel and varied scientific  
breakthroughs such as the development of the first brain controlled  
wheelchair able to operate in a building environment, novel tools to  
measure and analyse the mechanics of rowing that now form part of the  
standard training for British Olympic rowers and a tissue perfusion  
sensor for intelligent wound dressing.

We are currently accepting applications for our MSc in Biomedical  
Engineering for entry in October 2010. We deliver sound training in  
this highly interdisciplinary subject and include core modules such as  
systems physiology, statistics and data analysis, physiological  
monitoring, biomedical imaging, and modelling in biology. The course  
can be tailored to your own interests by choosing one of four  
available streams:
Biomaterials: new for 2010, this stream is offered jointly with the  
Department of Materials. It focuses on biomaterials used in surgery,  
the development of new biomaterials for future applications and the  
design of scaffolds for tissue engineering, including understanding  
cell-material interactions.
Biomechanics: focuses on bioengineering and biomechanics topics  
including those related to major diseases associated with an ageing  
Medical Physics: offers training in the physical understanding  
required for healthcare and medical research, focusing on clinical  
imaging systems.
Neurotechnology: covers the development of new technology for the  
investigation of brain function with focus on the application of this  
knowledge to improve health care.
You will also complete an extended research project where you can  
apply your knowledge of bioengineering to solve problems of biological  
or medical significance. These projects are many and varied in nature  
allowing you to actively pursue your particular area of interest, for  
details of the Department's main research themes please visit the  
research pages of our website.

The Medical Physics and Biomechanics streams are accredited by the  
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine as fulfilling one of  
the requirements on the basic grade training scheme for medical  
physicists in the UK.

Why study biomedical engineering at Imperial College London?
Our MSc course is well established, having first been offered in 1991.  
Changes are made to the syllabus on a continuing basis to take new  
developments in the field into account. Our graduates have gone on to  
work in a wide range of professions including hospital based  
engineering, work in medical device companies, or to carry out further  
research by undertaking a PhD. Imperial College London was ranked 5th  
in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2009. The  
Department of Bioengineering achieved excellent results in both the  
2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises, confirming our position  
as the leading Department of Bioengineering in the UK. In 2009 the  
Department was successful in securing £11 million from the Wellcome  
Trust and EPSRC to create a centre at Imperial College London  
dedicated to the improvement of diagnosis, understanding, surgical  
management and rehabilitative treatment of osteoarthritis. Led by our  
Head of Department, Professor Ross Ethier, the project is cross  
disciplinary involving engineers, clinicians and scientists from a  
variety of departments and institutes across College. More information  
can be found on the centre's website. This project, and others like  
it, mean that if you apply to study here and are accepted you will  
benefit from a dynamic, progressive and world leading research  

Entry requirements
The minimum requirement for entry is an upper second class honours  
degree or equivalent in engineering, a physical science or  
mathematics. Applicants from a medical or life sciences background are  
also encouraged to apply provided they have proven mathematics ability.

The Department of Bioengineering has a small number of partial  
studentships which are awarded on merit to home, EU or overseas  
students. Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator for further  

Application deadline
July 31 2010. Later applications may be considered, please contact the  
Postgraduate Administrator.

Any other questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact the Postgraduate Administrator,  
Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ.
email:     be.mscadmissions at imperial.ac.uk
tel:          +44 (0)20 7594 5179
website:  www.imperial.ac.uk/bioengineering

Have a look at our MSc brochure!

Simon R Schultz
Senior Lecturer
Dept of Bioengineering, Imperial College London.
South Kensington Campus,
Royal School of Mines Building,
London SW7 2AZ, UK

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