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MSc Biomaterials / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

The MSc in Biomaterials provides you with a through training in current clinically used biomaterials and state of the art advances in these in research. The clinical application module will cover generations of biomaterials in orthopaedics and cardiovascular. In addition it will aim to give an introduction to foreign body reactions to these materials. You will also be trained on advanced biomaterials including nanomaterials, natural materials and soft matter. Further, we will also introduce techniques associated with translation of research from lab to clinic. Additionally, there will be a 5 months long project component which will give you hands-on training on development and testing of novel biomaterials. This MSc is the ideal preparation for a career either in industry as a biomaterial scientist, or for cutting-edge academic research.


  • To develop students knowledge base in biomaterial structure, manufacture and use.
  • To develop students critical analysis of biomaterial development and methods of application.
  • To provide students with the tools to communicate advances and deficiencies of biomaterials to clinicians and healthcare professionals.

Special features

Advanced materials programmes with strong focus on research from the start.

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered through a mix of lecturing, blended small and small group tutorials with hands on research training.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including tutorials, workshops, seminars and research projects. These are supported by an e-learning infrastructure that includes on-line feedback, lecture and lab podcasting and close academic supervision.

Find out more by visiting the  postgraduate teaching and learning  page.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress using:

  • Written reports
  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation project

Course unit details

The MSc in Biomaterials will provide students the opportunity to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of specific materials design and testing for clinical application. Students will have the opportunity to take 120 taught credits with training in state of the art biomaterials design (ceramics, polymers, composites, hydrogels etc with information relating to biological assessment of these materials (e.g. stem cell response, ISO / FDA regulations). Students also have the opportunity to gain 60 credits through a specific research project where they will gain analytical skills and data processing skills relevant to biomaterials design / use.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Masterclass Course Unit BIOL64101 15 Mandatory
PGT Dissertation MATS63330 90 Mandatory
Introduction to Materials Science MATS64101 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MATS64201 15 Mandatory
Clinical Applications Biomaterials MATS65301 15 Mandatory
Natural Materials & Biological Matrices MATS65402 15 Mandatory
Lab to Clinic MATS65502 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory
Soft Matter MATS65602 15 Optional
Technical & Biomedical Textiles MATS69602 15 Optional

Disability support

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