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Molecular Bioengineering

Imperial College London
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

About this program

Molecular Bioengineering

As well as your main Imperial degree (MEng), you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (ACGI) on completion of this course.

The focus of this degree course is developing a ‘bottom up’ understanding of the links between molecules, cells, tissues, organs and limbs generating function, health and disease within a bioengineering context.

Alongside a breadth of core engineering and biomedical engineering knowledge, you will gain a specialist understanding of biochemical, physiological and biological processes. This knowledge is coupled with excellent advanced practical laboratory skills in chemical biology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, analytical sciences, microfluidics and device engineering. The skills you gain will ensure you are well placed to contribute to addressing the global challenges of today: the health and wellbeing agenda; personalised medicine; and new biomedical technology industries.

You follow a pathway of core modules in years one and two, before studying specialised molecular bioengineering modules in the third and fourth year:

You will also gain extensive practical skills in the first two years, with over 60 per cent of first and second year modules including lab-based learning and teaching activities.

In your third year you can choose more advanced optional modules in molecular bioengineering alongside core modules and a group project.

Your study reaches Master's level in the fourth year, including a substantial research project that gives you the chance to undertake research and write a thesis. It is extended to six months full-time in the final year (as opposed to being interspersed with taught modules for a shorter period) and runs until approximately mid-June. The completed thesis will be the result of over significant, full-time individual study over six months, and make up over half of the assessed work in the fourth year.

Admission requirements

Language requirement

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 more information about the requirement please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1:

You take all of the core modules from the list below.

  • Bioengineering in Action
  • Biomolecular Engineering 1
  • Digital Logic and Programming
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering mini-modules
  • Medical Science 1
  • Molecular Bioengineering Laboratories 1
  • Molecules Cells and Processes 1
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Year 2:

Core modules

You take all of the core modules from the list below.

  • Analytical Sciences
  • Biomolecular Engineering 2
  • Mathematics 2
  • Medical Science 2
  • Molecular Bioengineering Design Project
  • Molecular Bioengineering Laboratories 2
  • Molecules, Cells and Processes 2
  • Signals and Control

Year 3:

Core modules

You take all of the core modules from the list below.

  • Bioengineering solutions for cancer
  • Biomaterials
  • Group Project
  • Modelling in Biology
  • Probability and Statistics for Bioengineering
  • Synthetic Biology

Optional modules

You choose three optional modules from below.

  • Biomimetics
  • Image processing
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
  • Inter-Departmental Exchange

Year 4:

Core modules

  • Individual Project

Optional modules

You choose three optional modules from below.

Group 1

  • Advanced Chemical Sensors
  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Physiological Monitoring and Data Analysis
  • Advanced Synthetic Biology
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Medical Device Entrepreneurship
  • Business for Professional Engineers and Scientists
  • Imperial Horizons

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


The tuition fee for Home and EU Students 2020 entry is £9,250 per year.

The tuition fee for Overseas and Islands Students 2020 entry is £31,750 per year.

Career paths

These unique skills will ensure graduates are well-placed to help address the global challenges of health and well-being.

Our degrees will not only prepare you for a career in the rapidly growing field of biomedical engineering, but also provide a foundation for careers in life sciences and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and synthetic biology, regenerative medicine and cell therapy and opportunities arising as a result of new tools of data analysis, genomics sequencing, artificial intelligence and mathematical modelling.

About this institute

Imperial College London

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