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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Intercalated BSc in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials

For more information on the course and our Intercalated BSc symposium, where students on the course present their research to the wider Institute of Bioengineering community, please visit our website:

Engineering based technologies are becoming increasingly important in many aspects of clinical care. For example state of the art imaging systems can provide high-resolution 3-dimensional maps of the body, highlighting damaged or diseases tissues. Robotic virtual reality-driven surgical systems are being developed which could allow surgeons to operate on patients without being in the operating theatre. Many clinical problems may be overcome by tissue engineering where engineers work with biologists to create new tissues for implantation. The elaboration of novel biomaterials and understanding of phenomena at bio-interfaces are essential in the development of biomedical applications such as compatibility and functionality of biomaterials, medical diagnostics, and tissue engineering scaffolds. The development of medical devices (such as modular hip prostheses), healthcare monitoring systems (such as in-body and on-body mounted wireless sensors) and biosensors are all part of our current research activities. In addition the influence of biomechanical or physicochemical stimuli on biological systems at a range of different length scales from subcellular structural mechanics, to cell and tissue mechanobiology and through to whole body biomechanics are also important parts of the research activities related to this programme.

The intercalated BSc in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials aims to provide students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of engineering and materials-based technologies applied within the clinical environment, related to the Department’s research interests. Students will study aspects of biomechanics, biomaterials, computational methods in medicine, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, medical imaging and rehabilitation technologies. The course is academically rigorous and students will take four level 6 taught courses during the academic year. In addition, you will undertake an extensive research project worth 60 credits, alongside leading research teams in biomedical engineering and materials. The research project accounts for 50% of the final mark and it's highly likely the work will contribute to a publication.

Applications from students who have not passed A level maths or physics will not normally be considered.

You will choose four units (15 credits each) in semester A or B. Specific guidance on the selection of modules that match the research projects will be provided by the tutors and the programme director.

  • Clinical Bioengineering: Applications in Urology
  • Medical Robotics and Surgical Techniques
  • Macromolecular Engineering
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Clinical Sensors and Measurements
  • Processing and Analysis in Biomedical Imaging
  • Medical Ethics and Regulatory Affairs
  • Digital Signal Acquisition and Processing
  • Digital Manufacture for Healthcare Innovations
  • Biocompatibility
  • Cell and Tissue Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence for Engineering
  • Modern Robotics: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Deep Learning for Data and Image Analysis

You'll study a range of core principles that:

  • Increase knowledge and fundamental research in biomedical engineering and clinical materials for medical and dental healthcare interventions.
  • Develop analytical insights into the healthcare technologies and innovations in business and industry.
  • Develop an ethical framework for the pursuit of clinical and laboratory research.
  • Develop advanced training in laboratory safety and skills.
  • Advance information technology and statistical competence to allow data analysis.

You will be able to specialise in a range of areas including:

  • Fetal medicine and women’s health.
  • Medical robotics and computer assisted surgical devices.
  • Tissue engineering (eg. stem cell therapies, biomaterials, nanotechnology).
  • Cell/tissue nano/micro mechanics, mechanobiology and inflammation.
  • Regenerative medicine (eg. cardiovascular, orthopaedic, urology, neurology, cancer).
  • Personalised medicine (eg. predictive computational modelling, neural networks, machine learning, artificial intelligence).

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Examples of previous research projects include:

  • Green Cross-liking of ELPs for Barrier Membranes
  • 3D printing of hydrogels
  • PROM pathogenesis: The role of COX-2, Cx43 and AKT
  • Methods of Layer-by-Layer Uricase Microcapsule Assembly
  • Chlorhexidine Particles
  • Expansions of Stem Cells on Liquids
  • Ion Dissolution Behaviour in SIHA Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Computational modelling of skull fracture
  • Molecular engineering of hydrogels to develop artificial stem cell niches

The course involves the Medical Engineering division which has an international reputation for high quality research and benefits from brand new state-of-the-art Stem Cell and Bioengineering laboratories, developed at a cost in excess of £2 million. The majority of the course organisers and project supervisors are members of the world renowned IRC in Biomedical Materials at Queen Mary, University of London.

Further information

For more information visit the School of Engineering and Materials Science website, or contact the Programme

Director, Professor Tina Chowdhury.


School of Engineering and Materials Science, QMUL, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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