King’s 6 Week Summer School Research Pathway
School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
Dates: 1 July – 9 August 2019
Duration: 6 weeks
Contact hours: 22.5 hours
Credit equivalence: 30 credits / 6 US credits
Semester / term: Summer
Students must meet the following prerequisites before starting the module:
- Students must be studying, or have studied, a related subject during their undergraduate studies (i.e. mathematics, physics, engineering, sciences, or medicine).
- Students are expected to have completed their third year of undergraduate studies with a GPA of at least 3.3/4.
We will also consider applicants who have completed their second year with a GPA of at least 3.5/4.
- Students must provide details of an academic referee. Due to the advanced nature of the research modules then King’s may request an academic reference regarding the applicant’s suitability for research study.
- Students must meet the English language requirements, being either: (i) for the medium of instruction at their university to be English; or (ii) to have studied English to at least level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
The Host Department
The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences (BMEIS) at King’s College London has an international reputation for developing novel technologies to improve patient care. The School’s research focuses on applying fundamental engineering techniques to address clinical problems. It is based at St Thomas’ hospital in London, UK. The School works in collaboration with clinicians to ensure that its work is directed towards unmet patient needs.
The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to participate actively in research and development, and to provide a vehicle for those seeking an educational foundation for further MSc and PhD studies.
The objectives of this course are:
1. To provide students with an experience of undertaking an academic research project at one of the world’s leading universities.
2. To equip students with the essential skills for conducting high quality scientific research.
3. To integrate students into the life of a research lab. In meeting these objectives, we will increase the research capacity of students, providing a challenging and fulfilling experience, and equipping them for their future careers.
The primary deliverables will be representative of those frequently used to disseminate academic research: a project report, in the style of a scientific paper; and an oral presentation and discussion, following the approach used at scientific conferences. The marks from these deliverables will form the majority (70 %) of the overall mark. The remainder of the assessment will consist of smaller reports and marks reflecting attendance and research performance.
By the end of the course students should be able to plan, carry out, and disseminate scientific research. They will be assessed on their ability to achieve multiple outcomes from within each of these three categories. If they achieve these outcomes at a high level, then they will be well equipped for a future career in scientific research.