About the course
Bioengineering MRes provides an example of research-led teaching, utilising the expertise of one of Brunel’s internationally recognised Specialist Research Institutes and includes an extended dissertation research period. Bioengineering is a multi-disciplinary area which involves knowledge of engineering, biology, human physiology, and medicine. It is always difficult for a graduate to possess sufficient knowledge in these disciplines to perform research in the field. Therefore, the course aims to:
- provide taught modules for the students to fill knowledge gaps within the specific bioengineering disciplines
- provide substantial training on performing research in their chosen area
- expose students to the day-to-day research activities of our leading research groups and provide them with the opportunity to carry out their dissertation research on a chosen project for most of their study period.
The course is primarily taught by Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB). BIB is a multidisciplinary innovative research and development organisation. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, submitted as one of the major parts of General Engineering group in Brunel University, we were ranked 5th in the country by research power. BIB now has about 15 principal investigators working on areas such as: artificial organs, biomechanics, biofluid mechanics, biosensor design, surgical robot design, tissue engineering, bioprocessing, advanced separation and more.
The MRes in Bioengineering provides students with an advanced, multi-disciplinary and current understanding of bioengineering research and practical skills via the taught modules and extended dissertation studies. Students have the opportunity to join our research teams from the beginning of the academic year and remain affiliated throughout their study period.
Compulsory modules on research methodology and research practice
- Innovation, Management and Research Methods
- Bioengineering Research Method
- Biomedical Engineering Principles
- Biomedical Statistics
The two optional modules for each of the four offered streams are designed to suit students of different backgrounds. The optional modules are all designed to enhance your knowledge or fill knowledge gaps on specific disciplines of bioengineering so that you are enabled to perform high quality research.
- Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing
- Control Theory for Bioengineering
- Biofluid Mechanics
- Advanced Biofluid Mechanical Research
- Biomechanics and Biomaterials
- Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
- Advanced Separation Science and Industrial Case Studies
- Process Instrumentation and Practice
The dissertation module starts early in the first year and last through the entire year. You may not decide the specific dissertation title at the beginning of the year, but the desired research area (stream). You can then decide on the specific dissertation title at mid-term once you have gained further knowledge about the stream subject area. However, the intensive research activities only start from the second term once the exam period for the first term modules has finished.
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and what you will learn on the course.
- Bioengineering MRes utilises Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB)’s expertise in multi-disciplinary research into teaching
- The programme provides four streams under the same course to suit students with a background of either: biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, chemical engineering, medicine, and biology
- A supervisor panel is assigned for each student at the beginning of the first term which will guide you during your course studies and provide tailored supervision on your research knowledge attainment and skill development
- Students have a longer time than usual to work on their dissertations. The list of available dissertation topics are issued early in the first term.You will start your intensive research from the beginning of the second term for about nine months. Publishable results may be generated from this extended research work
- Students are integrated within BIB’s academic and social activities during their study period
- Students are encouraged to participate in the research student poster competition organised by the Graduate School in the third term.
Teaching and Assessment
You will primarily learn taught compulsory modules in the first term (four modules with a total of 60 credits). The examination for these modules take place by the end of the first term. The main teaching method for taught modules is standard lectures supplemented by seminar and tuition sessions. For modules of more practical content small group teaching is adapted.
Conventional assessment methods such as assignments and written exams are used for most modules to gauge the development of subject knowledge and understanding. Since the course has a heavy weight on the development of research skills, other assessment methods such as laboratory reports (suitable for one of the optional modules), computer simulations, project reports and oral presentations with or without peer judgement are also used for the assessment of certain elements of modules. A short version of a viva voice examination is used for the final dissertation assessment (carrying 15% of the dissertation mark) to make the whole student experience complete.
The MRes programme aims to provide students with a detailed insight into the nature of bioengineering research and equips them with a range of research skills to enable successful completion of research of this kind. It most likely produces two kinds of graduates: those students who only intend to complete the MRes programme and those who may want to pursue a PhD after completion of the MRes. The formalisation of research methods training should significantly contribute to the subsequent successful completion of a PhD. The broad range of research strategies taught also makes it an excellent basis for professional development and add value to those intending to pursue an industrial career.
The relatively long period of dissertation work enables supervisors to put more challenging projects to the students which may not be possible for a regular dissertation period of four months of an MSc course. Results generated from the dissertation may reach publishable standard for conference or even journal submissions. This significantly enhances students’ self-esteem on pursuing a research future career and enhance the employability of graduates.
The industrial partners associated with BIB's research group is to provide or advise on topics for user-driven projects with industrial relevance. This allows students to appreciate current industrial challenges and gain an insight on what approaches can be taken for their solutions. These links also enable visits of industrial partners’ sites of UK based companies and may be helpful in refining students' employability in general.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/7 entry
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/7
A minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree from a UK institution; an equivalent overseas qualification; or an equivalent professional qualification in Engineering, biology or medically related discipline.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.