Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · School of Engineering and Materials Science

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in Materials, Engineering, Biochemistry or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Biomaterials are modified natural or synthetic materials which find application in a spectrum of medical implants for the repair, augmentation and replacement of body tissues. As people live longer and expect to retain their mobility, the demand for biomaterials and devices is increasing.

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 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.

Recently, materials used in medicine (biomaterials) have made enormous impact on the repair and replacement of injured and diseased part of the human body and the field is growing with a rapid pace. This long established programme will equip you with both theoretical and applied knowledge of biomaterials. Technological advances, as well as methodological issues, have contributed to the transformation of biomaterials and their functions. 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 from the following course units:

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 engineering background to gain an advanced, yet broad knowledge in materials science, with the freedom to specialise through a research project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Engineering and Materials Science