Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code JH5P
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Bioengineering Biomaterial Science Biology Materials Science and Engineering Engineering

Any questions?

Louise Mason, Undergraduate Student Support Officer
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 5467

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2nd materials department in the UK
The Times Good University Guide 2018

100% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2017

100% of graduates went on to employment or further study
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2015-16

Course description

This course combines study of materials engineering with human anatomy, physiology and cell biology. You'll learn about the healthcare applications of materials.

Modules look at repairing the body from disease and injury using medical devices, compatible materials and tissue biology approaches. You'll learn how to choose the best material for uses within the body, in the context of applications in both research and industry.

In the first year, you'll take the Global Engineering Challenge. Working with students from other engineering courses, you'll have to find creative solutions to problems. The project looks at challenges faced by communities throughout the world. It's designed to develop you as a professional engineer and get you thinking about sustainable solutions.

In the third year, rather than the usual five-month placement, you'll complete additional individual and group research and design projects.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification AAB including AA in Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in two of Higher Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
BTEC D*DD in Engineering + grade B in A Level Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Distinction in Further Maths also required if A Level Maths not offered
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA from two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE grade 4 or C or equivalent in the two other listed subjects, GCSE grade 6 or grade B or equivalent in Maths
  • International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

First year

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

Second year

Core modules:

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

Third year

Core modules:

Group Projects in Bioengineering
Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
Composite Micromechanics and Strong Reinforcing Fibres
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Finance and Law for Engineers
Introduction to Materials Modelling
Materials for Biological Applications
Research Seminars in Bioengineering
Surface Degradation and Protection

Fourth year

Core modules:

Bioengineering Research Project
Materials Modelling
Scientific Writing

Optional modules:

Design and Manufacture of Composites
Functional and Structural Ceramics
Glasses and Cements
Metallurgical Processing
Nanostructures and Nano-structuring
Polymer Processing

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 29%
Independent study 71%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 56%
Coursework 38%
Practical 6%

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Diamond building

Materials is an extremely important area of technology as any physical thing that is made has to be created from materials. Frequently the properties those materials can achieve are what controls the performance. Materials Scientists understand why materials have certain properties and research new materials with better performance to help produce and use these materials in real products, large and small.

We strive to make your university experience unforgettable. From access to our cutting edge, multidisciplinary engineering laboratories to direct contact with our industrial partners, we provide a wealth of opportunities to support your skill development which will help with whatever you choose to do after graduating.

You'll learn from case studies and carry out design projects, a research project, group industrial projects and laboratory work. These projects help to develop your creativity and confidence.

Taught in our brand new engineering building, The Diamond (pictured), you'll have access to our dedicated state-of-the-art materials laboratories, as well other cutting-edge multidisciplinary engineering laboratories including a clean room and biomaterials and light structure laboratories.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering website

What our graduates do

A career in materials science and engineering can take many forms, and can take you into the technical or business area you want, in the part of the world where you want to work.

Our graduates are in demand and well paid. They work for international companies in a variety of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, construction, sports and energy. They work in areas ranging from research and development to process engineering. Employers include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Pilkington, Sheffield Forgemasters, Morgan Ceramics and Jaguar Land Rover.

Student profile

"I'm really hoping materials science will give me the knowledge to take my career in many different directions, and hopefully travel a lot as I'd really like to see a lot of different countries."

Adam Urwick
MEng Materials Science and Engineering (Biomaterials)

All our courses are fully accredited by the IOM3, meaning they count towards later professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

BEng or MEng
It is possible to switch between many of our courses and between the BEng and MEng (based on performance on the exams in the course) up to the end of the second year.

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