Why study MSc Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine?

AnalysingThis course will introduce you to the field of biomaterials and in particular to the factors that are important in the selection, design, and development of biomaterials for clinical applications.

Materials widely used in hard and soft regenerative medicine, dental materials, drug delivery and other medical applications are taught.

Course breakdown

  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Fees: It's important to find out how much the fees are for your course and get advice on funding your studies. We recommend using the University's fee lookup tool
  • Entry requirements: students require a good honours degree in a chemistry, physics or related engineering subject from an approved institution. A good honours degree in dentistry or medicine is also acceptable.
  • English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent
Course structure

From the start of the course, students will begin to develop an advanced level of understanding and appreciation of the principles and applications of biomaterials and their functional properties.

You will learn about the basic understanding of biomaterials (their functions and applications), medical devices and the characteristics of biomaterials, in addition to their surface, physical and mechanical properties. You will also study materials and medicine based modules, as well as those written specifically for the degree programme in biomaterials.

Core modules
  • Materials for biological applications
  • Scientific writing and health informatics
  • Polymers materials chemistry
  • Tissue engineering approaches to failure in living systems
  • Bio-imaging and bio-spectroscopy
  • Structural and physical properties of dental and biomaterials
Research project

Students will be expected to select and complete a research project, based on the research interests of academic staff working in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering.

How you'll learn

Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for sample preparation, synthesis of bioactive composites, biomaterial characterisation and testing, and will be taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions in our state-of-the-art tissue engineering laboratories
  • Course work assignments and presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Departmental seminars
  • Independent study

Our labs house a range of equipment including:

  • Microwave reactor for synthesis of bioactive composites for bone replacement
  • Laser cutter to create polymeric scaffold for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Fume cupboards with controlled flow for preparation of hydroxyapatite polymer composite
  • Spectroscopic techniques, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy
  • Electron confocal and optical microscopies

Meet our students

A medical student studying engineering

Due to the competitive nature of the medical profession, many students pursue additional study to enhance their personal development. Our MSc in Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine provides you with the opportunity to broaden your understanding of medical science through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Medical student Byron Haywood-Alexander studying MSc Biomaterials

I specifically chose this course due to my interest in the materials aspect of medical engineering; something that would hugely supplement a surgical career (an interest of mine). Likewise, the study of human biology as a material engineer has provided further development of my clinical biology in addition to understanding the methods involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pathology.

Having no arranged access to personal research projects during the medical school syllabus, the final project included in this MSc has provided insight, experience and further awareness of the academic world of research.

I would recommend the study of biomaterials and regenerative medicine to all medical students looking at intercalating or postgraduate study, and especially to those who enjoyed physics, or are looking into a future career in surgery, acute and critical care and diagnostic medicine.

BYRON HAYWOOD-ALEXANDER / studied MSC BIOMATERIALS AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AS AN INTERCALATED YEAR BETWEEN HIS 4TH AND 5TH YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Academic support

Meet Dr Ihtesham Rehman, Course Director and Reader in Biomedical Material

Our network of world leading academics, at the cutting edge of their research, inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

You'll receive support throughout your course, plus a dedicated Supervisor for your research project.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Course Director Dr Ihtesham Rehman direct email

Employability

The skills you will gain will be of use for a range of employers in the healthcare sector, universities and research institutes. In addition, the skill sets will equip you for PhD research.

Our graduates work across the globe in a variety of roles including:

  • Researcher, academics, and scientists in industry.

Employers include CAMBioceramics, Smith and Nephew, Universities across the Globe, Medical and Dental Schools, and Research Institutes.

Nathan KuckoTake a look at where some of our alumni are now working.

Meet our alumni

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