Materials Science and Engineering (Biomaterials)

BEng/MEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Our Biomaterials Science and Engineering course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

As the course follows a number of specialised modules right from the beginning, it is not possible to switch between this and our other courses after Year 1. However, it is possible to switch between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of Year 2.

BEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering

MEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering

The BEng course provides the quickest route to graduation and partially meets requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

UCAS Code: JH56
Duration: 3 years
Entry Requirements
A Levels: AAB including two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Other entry requirements.
Tuition Fees: £9,250 per year (UK/EU). Other Fees.
Study locations: Sheffield campus. You may choose to undertake a one year work placement, or opt to study abroad for a year.

The MEng course gives you further opportunities for industrial and research experience and provides faster progression to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

UCAS Code: JH5P
Duration: 4 years
Entry Requirements
A Levels: AAA including two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Other entry requirements.
Tuition Fees: £9,250 per year (UK/EU). Other Fees.
Study locations: Sheffield campus. As part of our MEng course, in the third year, rather than the usual five-month placement, you'll complete additional individual and group research and design projects. You may choose to undertake a one year work placement, or opt to study abroad for a year.

Our campus and how we use it:
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

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Course overview

Course structure

Year 1 is intended to build the fundamental background knowledge required for all Materials Science and Engineering study, with a particular focus on how materials interact with the body.

During this course you will study materials design, manufacture and characterisation alongside human physiology and biocompatibility. You'll understand how materials behave in the human body, and how to select the best material for a given application.

As you progress you will have the option to tailor your course to suit your interests through module choices.

The modules provided are from the last academic year. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. For the very latest module information, contact us directly.

Typical modules studied

First year Second year Third year
(BEng)
Third year
(MEng)
Fourth year
(MEng)
Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules
Introduction to Materials Chemistry
Introduction to Mechanical Properties and Structural Materials
Mathematics (Materials)
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems
Biomaterials I
Digital Skills for Materials
Introduction to Materials Properties
Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams
Tissue Structure and Function
Global Engineering Challenge Week
Industrial Materials Processing
Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Biomaterials II
Cell and Molecular Biology
Deformation and Failure of Materials
Heat Transfer and Diffusion
Materials Selection and Fracture Mechanics
Mathematics II (Materials)
Physics of Living Systems 2
Structure of Solid Materials
The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Engineering - You're Hired
Literature Survey and Project
Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Finance and Law for Engineers
Materials for Biological Applications
Research Seminars in Bioengineering
Group Projects in Bioengineering
Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Finite Element Modelling
Materials for Biological Applications
Metals
Research Seminars in Bioengineering
Surface Degradation and Protection
Bioengineering Research Project
Atomistic and Mesoscale Modelling of Materials
Bioimaging
Scientific Writing
Optional Modules Optional Modules
Advanced Functional Materials
Advanced Materials Manufacturing: Part I
Composite Materials and Micromechanics
Glasses
Metals
Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology
Design and Manufacture of Composites
Functional and Structural Ceramics
Glasses and Cements
Metallurgical Processing
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Polymer Processing

Module details (BEng)

Module details (MEng)


How you'll learn

Teaching and assessment

You will have between 18 and 24 hours of staff contact time per week in various forms. Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and practical assessments.

The typical proportion of your time spent in different teaching and assessment methods is given here.

There is a strong focus on developing practical skills research; you will attend laboratory classes in the Diamond’s state-of-the-art bioengineering and materials laboratories, and take part in the Global Engineering Challenge, where you work with students from across the faculty to solve real-world engineering problems.

Laboratory experience

Both BEng and MEng students will work in The Diamond Bioengineering laboratory, on such modules as:

Biomaterials stundets completing superhydrophobic surface practicalBiomaterials II
You'll explore the range of materials, both synthetic and natural, that can be used as implants in the human body, from a materials science perspective. By the end of the module you will be able to: identify and select materials based on their fundamental properties for use as a biomaterial; discuss how a material triggers a foreign body/immune response and how this can be overcome; identify design criteria for combining materials to form an artificial organ.

Biomaterials students completing cell molecular biology practicalCell and molecular biology
You'll gain an introduction to biochemistry and molecular biology that builds on the anatomy, physiology and cell biology learnt at Level 1. By the end of the course, you will have gained in-depth knowledge in understanding human biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; be able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the internal structure and function of the cell and how the biochemistry of the cell influences disease.

Research project

Students on the BEng or MEng degree will have the opportunity to select project areas of interest from across the research of the Department, and then spend the entire academic year working on the project with one of the research groups.

Bioengineering project

MEng students follow through the process of developing a new idea for a bioengineering research and development project, and plan the execution of the work, including project management, intellectual property, risk management and costing.

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Industry contact

Within both BEng and MEng courses, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with industry and research.

BEng

Students on the BEng degree can apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service.

Summer placements

MEng

In the third year, rather than the usual five-month placement, students on the MEng degree will complete additional individual and group research and design projects.

You will also have the option to apply for a Summer placement via the University Careers Service or choose to take a year-long industrial placement.

Summer placements

Year in industry

Academic support

In your final year you will get the opportunity to research your own biomaterials project under the guidance of world leading academics in the Department. You will also learn how materials are taken from the laboratory to the clinic, including the ethical, regulatory and design challenges which are often encountered.

Dr Vanessa Hearnden

​Supervising final year students is particularly rewarding; seeing students develop into engaged and enthusiastic researchers with a range of lab skills and a passion for their subject is always a joy.

dr vanessa hearnden / lecturer in biomaterials and tissue engineering

Dr Gwen Reilly

Dr Gwen ReillySenior Lecturer in Bioengineering, and member of the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and Insigneo InStitute for silico Medicine research groups.

Staff profile 

Dr Frederick Claeyssens

Dr Frederick ClaeyssensSenior Lecturer in Biomaterials, and member of the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Staff profile 

Professor John Haycock

Professor John HaycockProfessor of Bioengineering, and Director of the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Staff profile

What our students say

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Meet our alumni

Holly Askew My 6 week summer research project, funded by Cancer Research Yorkshire, was a crucial part in securing my first job. Without the experience and skills I gained I would not have been in the position to do well in my final year and be able to transfer these skills to my job.

HOLLY ASKEW / BENG GRADUATE AND NOW Production and Technical Scientist

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*The content of individual lecture courses and modules is continually reviewed and updated. For more detail on the specific syllabus, course structure and specific content of modules, please contact the Department: mse.ugadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk.