Queen Mary has led the field in biomaterials teaching and research for over 20 years. Biomaterials save lives, relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for a large number of patients each year. As a field, biomaterials combines engineering expertise with medical needs for the enhancement of healthcare. This degree is aimed at people with conventional materials expertise who wish to facilitate their development into the biomaterials field. The programme is designed to provide a good level of understanding and appreciation of the principles and applications of biomaterials and medical devices.
This programme will provide you with an advanced understanding of the principles and applications of biomaterials and their functional properties. You will learn about the function and application of biomaterials, their characteristics and their surface, physical and mechanical properties. You will study materials- and medicine-based modules, as well as those written specifically for the programme. You will also undertake a significant research project linked to the research interests of our academic staff.
Biomedical Material Sciences involves tailor making of materials for medical applications. Examples of these applications include artificial skin, vascular and cardiovascular implants and devices, bone graft substitutes, new prosthetic devices, dental materials, biosensors, controlled drug delivery etc. The course will provide an insight into areas of material science, biocompatibility, ethical issues, nanomaterials, and biological systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.
This programme will:
- Facilitate your development in the biomaterials field, broadening and enhancing your knowledge of conventional materials, engineering or medically related knowledge.
- Give you access to our excellent laboratory facilities, which include: a cell and tissue engineering suite, housing cell culture labs, a molecular biology unit with quantitative RT-PCR capability, and a radioisotope labelling facility; a general purpose laboratory, which incorporates advanced mechanical test machines and standard biochemical/cell biology analysis equipment; and a microscopy unit.
- Build on your existing knowledge to gain an advanced, yet broad knowledge with the freedom to specialise through a research project.
The MSc in Biomaterials includes 2 compulsory, and 6 optional taught modules (15 credits each), as shown on the structure below. You can also visit the SEMS website for information on projects and facilities.
The programme also includes a research project, which is completed under close supervision throughout the year, and submitted in September.
Please note the modules are correct at the time of reading; however we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.
- Research methods and experimental techniques
- Chemical and Biological Sensors
Optional modules include
- Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
- Advanced Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
- Materials Selection in Design
- Advanced Polymer Synthesis
- Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
- Science of Biocompatibility
- Tissue Mechanics
- Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques
The research project forms a major component of the Biomaterials degree course providing an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the internationally leading research taking place within the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Students work on a Biomaterials related project supervised by a member of academic staff and integrating within the wider research team. Our MSc students have access to our excellent laboratory facilities enabling them to conduct cutting edge research leading to publication at scientific conferences and in peer reviewed journals.
This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-02-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.
An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in Materials, Engineering, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.
International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements page.
If you do not meet language requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the School of Engineering and Materials Science for assistance.
Learning and teaching
The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) undertakes high quality research in a wide range of areas. This research feeds into our teaching at all levels, helping us to develop very well qualified graduates with opportunities for employment both in many leading industries as well as in research
As a student in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, and a variety of coursework.
The methods of assessment are coursework and formal examinations, which take place in May. Many courses will include continuous assessment so that some or all of the work you do during the course counts towards the final mark.
A major part of the MSc is your research project: an individual research project based around the in the current internationally-recognised research taking place in SEMS. This project will be based in the labs and gives you the opportunity to apply the theory you will have learnt in the taught modules while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities within SEMS.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £10,000
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £21,250
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
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Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
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Our graduates work in research, development and consultancy positions within the engineering and materials industries for companies such as BAE Systems, Atkins and JRI Orthopaedics. Many graduates apply their degree knowledge directly, working as engineers and/or scientists in sectors relevant to those they have studied.
Some graduates use their MSc to secure positions within the wider fields of materials science and general engineering. Others work in areas beyond those directly related to their degree, including regulatory bodies, teaching, finance and the NHS. The range of skills developed through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular activities and work experience, has enabled our graduates to move into careers across many successful companies both in the UK and worldwide. A significant proportion of our graduates also go on to undertake PhDs in engineering and materials science.
We have strong links with many industrial partners in terms of both research collaboration and funding. We host a biannual engineering Industrial Liaison Forum - potential employers, industry representatives and alumni working in industry attend sharing their experiences and offering advice. These strong industrial links, combined with the skills and training you will acquire during your studies, are highly valued by potential employers.