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Healthcare Technologies MSc/MRes

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The Healthcare Technologies MSc/MRes will train students in healthcare engineering and build their clinical and industrial awareness of problems and solutions for technology in modern global healthcare. The MSc/MRes will prepare students for doctoral research degrees or employment in the healthcare sector.

  • Developments throughout engineering are transforming modern healthcare. The rise of machine learning, the adoption of surgical robotics and the availability of advanced medical image analysis and big data have opened up several new domains of knowledge which will be key to further technological advances. Our MSc/MRes program will fully equip students to take advantage of these exciting new developments and maximise their potential to transform healthcare.

  • The opportunity for all students to link with our industrial and clinical partners will enrich their experience, allowing students to develop advanced technical competencies that have clinical and commercial relevance. On completion of their studies, students will be well-prepared to take control of their own career trajectories and to begin to lead new developments in these technological advances.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 Year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value MSc 180 credits, MRes 180 Credits

Course leaders

Dr Andrew  Melbourne

Professor Kawal Rhode

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences



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Course detail


Our programme is designed to provide students with an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the engineering challenges facing modern, global healthcare. The programme will enable students to take advantage of the breadth of knowledge at our institution, exposing them to the most recent and most exciting developments in medical and surgical intervention and to tailor their programme toward their own career ambitions.

Our programme's modules will introduce students to the most important concepts and techniques that underpin the most recent advances in healthcare technology such as machine learning, medical devices & robotics, state-of-the-art medical imaging and smart molecules. Substantial components of project work will enable them to test and understand the theory and applications studied alongside internationally recognised engineers, clinicians and industrial partners.


This course is currently primarily taught at the Waterloo and St Thomas's campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars, and practical-based work to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. 


Lectures, seminars, practical work & feedback


Per 15 credit taught module

40 hours

110 hours

Per 15 credit project module

15 hours of supervision

135 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is:

All 15-credit modules will comprise 50% written examination and 50% coursework.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits on both the MSc and the MRes.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Critical Skills for Translational Healthcare (30 credits)
  • Group Research Project in Healthcare Technologies (MSc 15 credits) (MRes 30 credits)
  • Extended Individual Research Project in Healthcare Technologies (60 credits)


Optional Modules

In addition students take credits (MSc 75 credits) and (MRes 60 credits) from a range of optional modules that may include:

  • Machine Learning for Biomedical Applications (15 credits)

  • Advance Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Scientific Programming (15 credits)
  • Medical Image Computing (15 credits)

  • Medical Image Acquisition (15 credits)
  • Medical Image Reconstruction (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging in Clinical Applications (15 credits)
  • Advanced MR Imaging (15 credits)

  • Medical Robotics: Theory and Applications (15 credits)

  • Medical Technologies: Design and Development (15 credits)

  • Medical Robotics: Hardware Development (15 credits)
  • Software and Robotic Integration (15 credits)

  • Medical Imaging Biology 1 (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging Biology 2 (15 credits)

  • Medical Imaging Chemistry 1 (15 credits)

  • Medical Imaging Chemistry 2 (15 credits)



Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 

Minimum 2:1 first degree (or equivalent) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability together with recommendations from academic referees. We hold an annual open day which will provide you with an opportunity to view the facilities.

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies. Your application will be assessed by academic staff in the department; we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, but during February, March and holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22) MSc & MRes
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22) MSc & MRes
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 

  • Library fees and fines 

  • Personal photocopies 

  • Printing course handouts 

  • Society membership fees 

  • Stationery 

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

 For further information, please visit the fees and funding section of our website (kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/index.aspx).

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Students on our BMEIS MSc/MRes programmes have gone on to build careers in further academic research, industry (both healthcare and non-healthcare related) and in local healthcare.


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