Bioengineering: Biomaterials and Biomechanics MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Bioengineering: Biomaterials and Biomechanics
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
Other requirements
Applicants with a Biotechnology or Biomedical Sciences degree may be considered.
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Start date
September
Campus
University Park Campus
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

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This 12 month course aims to provide science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds with a solid grounding in modern bioengineering technologies, together with a strong emphasis in biomechanics and biomaterials. This course will prepare students for a career in an industrial, clinical or research environment, independent learning, and postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospitals.

This course is one of a suite of four closely related bioengineering masters courses that comprise of a common core with the ability to focus on specific aspects of bioengineering.

The course covers material optimisation and engineering of biomedical devices while addressing biological considerations to optimise device performance. Such an approach has a wide application range, incorporating transitory invasive devices to permanent implants for repair, replacement and regenerative treatments. The principles of the course are highly relevant to both the established medical device sector and the emerging regenerative
medicine industry.

This multidisciplinary MSc covers practical and theoretical aspect of bioengineering, including:

  • cell-biomaterial surface interactions
  • materials characterisation
  • functionalisation of surface
  • biomechanics and mathematical modelling

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact cele-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk.

 

Course details

Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers, both via taught courses and project work. Written and oral presentations will be undertaken at various stages of the course.

Individual project

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, a major individual project is undertaken over the summer, developing students' ability to engage independent learning and preparing them for postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospital. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by a member of academic staff.

Previous projects have included:

  • bending fatigue testing of an intervertebral disc replacement device
  • quantification of tissue response around a novel biodegradable composite designed for craniofacial bone repair
  • a preliminary study on bilayer and novel sandwich chitosan scaffolds
  • synthesis and controlled degradation of poly-e-caprolactone with lauricanhydride
  • investigating surface roughness and surface chemistry influences on osteoblast responses in-vitro
  • the effect of mechanical stimulation on induced plant potent stem cells

Students can also undertake the project as part of an industrial placement or internship in the UK or overseas, but the students must either have links with the company or apply to the company during the academic year.

 
 

Modules

Core modules

For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

The tuition fee for UK/EU students for this course is £6,630 and for international students the fee is £19,300.

Funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

 

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found with the Graduate School.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Offering students specific skills suitable for a wide range of careers in UK and international organisations involved in biomaterials and medical device development. This course provides a firm foundation for a research path in materials engineering for tissue repair and regeneration.

 

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

Average starting salary and career progression

 In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £33,096 with the highest being £71,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

 

 

 
 
 

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