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.

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.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year Full time

Module Details:

Taught Modules

  • Research Methods and Experimental Techniques in Engineering
  • Chemical and Biological Sensors

Optional Taught Modules

  • Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine
  • Materials Selection in Design
  • Advanced Structure-Property Relationships in Materials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Introduction to Law for Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Characterization Techniques
  • Advanced Polymer Synthesis
  • Science of Biocompatibility
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law and Management
  • Implant Design and Technology

Research Project in Regenerative Medicine (60 credits)

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Student Destinations

Queen Mary’s Materials Science postgraduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers as materials scientists, while others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as education and management or sales roles in industry.


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £9,250 Tuition fees for International students 2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £19,500

Entry Requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The JACS code for this course is J500. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

An undergraduate degree (minimum good second class honours or equivalent) in Materials, Engineering, or equivalent. Each application is individually assessed; you are recommended to contact us for guidance in specific cases. IELTS 6.5 is required.

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