Intercalated Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials
Understand how advanced engineering and new materials are overcoming medical problems.
Our intercalated BSc in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials gives students already taking a medical or dental degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in a specialist field in just one year.
Engineering technologies are becoming increasingly important across all areas of medicine, with state-of-the-art imaging, robotic surgery, tissue engineering, implantable medical devices and monitoring systems.
In this programme, you’ll study the exciting and fast-moving field of engineering and materials-based technologies within the medical environment. You’ll cover biomechanics, biomaterials, computational methods in medicine, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, medical imaging and rehabilitation technologies.
You’ll also undertake an original research project alongside leading teams at the Institute of Bioengineering, which will arm you with specialist knowledge and expertise and help you develop a host of practical and transferable skills. This research accounts for 50% of your final mark and may lead to opportunities to contribute to a conference abstract or publication.
The intercalated research project will provide:
⦁ An opportunity to pursue a research area in depth and disseminate the findings in peer-reviewed conference abstracts, scientific and medical journals.
⦁ An opportunity to pitch your research to the scientific, clinical and industry community at the Annual Intercalated Symposium and ILF events.
⦁ An opportunity to submit a patent application supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Medical Healthcare Technology with the Queen Mary Innovation (QMI) team.
⦁ An opportunity to take part in the IMechE Healthcare Technology student and Early Career biomedical competitions and win summer research scholarships (eg. Rod Flower, Blair Bell, Barts Health, EJ Ball) and Awards (eg. Wolfson Award, Beryl Beadle, Royal College of Surgeons).
You can start your one-year intercalated Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials BSc after the second, third or fourth years of your MBBS, BDS or BVetMed.
Intercalated research project
The intercalated research project is worth half the degree (60 credits) and will run across the entire academic year.
You'll choose four modules (15 credit each) during semester A and B. Specific guidance on the selection of modules that match the research projects will be provided by the tutors and the programme director.
Surgical Techniques and Safety
Bioengineering in Urology
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
Advanced Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
Ethics and Regulatory Affairs
Advanced Polymer Synthesis
Science of Biocompatibility
Chemical and Biological Sensors
Computational Fluid Dynamics
You'll study a range of core principals 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 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.
An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.
It will also:
- add extra points to your application for Foundation Year training, giving you a competitive edge
- strengthen your application if you wish to take the highly competitive academic Foundation Year route into clinical research or education and teaching
- help you to progress into postgraduate training within your chosen speciality
- develop your scientific awareness, with an opportunity to carry out original research
- allow you to experience your chosen field and be sure it’s right for you.
What drew me to this course was intrigue in how cutting edge engineering technologies such as nanotechnology and stem cell applications can be harnessed to solve very real medical dilemmas. The course also stood out because of its early involvement in the lab project, allowing me to gain a rewarding learning experience in research.
Teaching and learning
You'll be taught through lectures, small-group tutorials, visiting speakers and virtual lab sessions.
For every hour spent in class, you'll need to carry out additional hours of independent study.
Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams, and coursework involving practical sessions and the virtual lab.
Resources and facilities
The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:
- BioFluids laboratory
- cell and tissue engineering laboratories
- confocal laser scanning and super resolution microscopy systems
- mechanobiology and BioAFM laboratories
- spectroscopy facilities
- thermal analysis facilities.
Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, dental or veterinary school.
Pass in Mathematics or Physics
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the BDS course and passed all years to date. You must also have completed all continuous assessment and have satisfactory annual progress reviews.
Veterinary students are welcome to apply.
Satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).
Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.
Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.
How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.
Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
Find out more about our intercalated degrees.
Loans and grants
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.
These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer 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.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
With its focus on research, this programme forms a strong basis for careers in academic medicine. Your understanding of the interface between medicine and technology will be also be an advantage in any area of clinical work.
About the School
The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).
Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.
Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.