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Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials (Intercalated)

B9MU BSC (Intercal) 1 years


The BSc programme is academically rigorous and provides undergraduate medical students with the necessary skills to exhibit a critical understanding in the fields of biomedical engineering and materials for successful developments in clinical applications. Students will benefit from a multi-disciplinary research driven programme that identifies clinical problems, evaluated with the use of engineering and biomaterial-based technologies. For example, several clinical problems may be overcome by tissue engineering where engineers work with biologists and material scientists to create new tissues for implantation and repair. In cardiovascular surgery, heart valves and vascular prostheses are routinely used, but recent advances including shape memory alloys for expandable stents delivered by non-invasive techniques are examples of ongoing developments. This is in contrast to urology, where non-fouling catheters are urgently required.

Students will also undertake an extensive experimental research project that examines questions alongside leading research teams involved in cross-disciplinary research at the Institute of Bioengineering and acquire specialist knowledge and expertise in addition to development of transferable and practical skills. This programme builds on the strengths and experience in teaching and learning at the Institute of Bioengineering and the research is highly likely to contribute to a conference abstract and/or publication. The Institute of Bioengineering has an international reputation for high quality research and benefits from brand new state-of-the-art materials, stem cell and bioengineering laboratories, developed at a cost in excess of £5 million.

Find out more at http://www.bioengineering.qmul.ac.uk.

Admissions and programme enquiries

Professor Julia Shelton – Programme Director
Email: j.shelton@qmul.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8877


Dr Tina Chowdhury – Senior Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Science
Email: t.t.chowdhury@qmul.ac.uk"
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 7560

Institute of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Material Science
Mile End Road
E1 4NS


Students studying for the BSc programme will complete four 15 credit modules and a 60 credit intercalated research project at Level 6.

Students will be given the option to follow a biomedical engineering and/or clinical material strand with the 15 credit modules available to all intercalating students as optional units. Specific guidance on the selection of modules that match research projects will be provided by tutors and the programme director.

In the first semester, BSc students will focus on developing key concepts and research methods and analysis for understanding biomedical engineering and clinical materials. The specialist core modules will be chosen depending on the type of research project the student is undertaking.

The following specialist elective modules are currently offered in the first semester:

  • Surgical techniques and safety
  • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Bioengineering in urology
  • Kinesology
  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Advanced structure / property relationships in materials – offered to students who wish to learn characterisation methods of materials
  • Advanced polymer synthesis.

The following specialist core modules are currently offered in the second semester:

  • Principals and application of medical imagery
  • Clinical Measurements
  • Computational fluid dynamics – offered to students who have excelled in mathematics and wish to develop these skills within a computational research project in biomedical engineering
  • Medical ethics and regulatory affairs
  • Science of biocompatibility
  • Chemical and biological sensors
  • Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques – offered to students who wish to develop technical skills in clinical materials
  • Tissue mechanics
  • Implant design and technology

In addition, all students will conduct an extensive research project worth 60 credits alongside world-leading research teams at the Institute of Bioengineering. The Batchelors intercalated research project will provide:

  • a critical review of the fundamental research topics in biomedical engineering and clinical materials.
  • analytical insights into the technologies and strategies associated with complications in this field.
  • development of an ethical framework for the pursuit of clinical and laboratory research.
  • advanced training in laboratory safety and skills.
  • information technology and statistical competence to allow analysis and reporting of results and metadata.
  • an opportunity to study one research area in depth, to pursue a research project and disseminate the results and conclusions of the at work in a manner appropriate to the wider medical and scientific communities. Students will be encouraged to plan and publish their work in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals.

Entry requirements

The programme will be open to post 3rd/4th year Medical, dental and veterinary medicine students (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries who have passed all years to date. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.

Learning and teaching

Each module will be taught using a range of methods, varying according to the subject and learning objectives of the module. All modules will include lectures, small group tutorials, and independent study. Most modules will follow a format of structured preparatory work (reading and reflection exercises), weekly interactive lectures, a two-hour small group seminar. Visiting speakers will provide insight into current research and clinical advancements. The virtual lab sessions (tissue engineering and regenerative medicine) will include experiments conducted in a virtual bioengineering lab and involve assessment of real data sets from IOB researchers, peer-assessment and evaluation. The assessments are spread throughout the academic year, culminating in a written thesis summarizing and discussing the research project outcomes.

  • Written exams for the four modules (SAQ/Essay) with variations in coursework involving practical sessions and the virtual lab.
  • Review article (4,500 words, written paper critique), Technical paper (7,500 words, examines practical skills), oral presentation and viva for the Intercalated Batchelors Research Project.

Students will attend workshops that specially support development in acquiring a range of personal and professional transferable skills in project design and management, team-working, report writing, communication and presentation and IT skills. For examples, students will attend weekly presentations by seminal researchers held at the Institute of Bioengineering. Students will be encouraged to attend weekly research meetings organised by the team leader and participate in presentations, journal club, technical developments or sessions on data analysis and method troubleshooting. This training in practical skills will build towards completion of a substantive research project that will coalesce theoretical, practical and transferable skills. The sessions prepare students for the variety of assessments, but more importantly, will allow students to practise science writing and communication within science.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

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:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

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