Postgraduate study
Gain a strong foundation in modern bioengineering technology.
 
  
Qualification
MSc Bioengineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
A high 2:2 or equivalent
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
Campus
University Park Campus
School/department
 

 

Overview

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 options to develop an emphasis in biomechanics and biomaterials, bioimaging and biosensing and digital modelling of various human systems which will prepare students for a career in an industrial, clinical or research environment.

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

The course has a broader scope than the other related course, allowing students to select modules related to biomaterials, biomechanics and digital modelling.

Key facts

  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
  • This multidisciplinary masters covers practical and theoretical aspects of bioengineering, including medical imaging, mathematical and engineering modelling, cell-biomaterial surface interactions, materials characterisation, functionalisation of surface, and biomechanics

 

Full course details

This course may be appropriate for students who have yet to decide which area of bioengineering they wish to focus on. The principles of the course are highly relevant to the established medical device sector, the biotechnology and the emerging regenerative medicine industry.

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.

A substantial individual project will be undertaken, developing a students' ability to engage in independent learning, and preparing them for postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospitals.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: A high 2:2 (or international equivalent) BEng/BSc in any relevant subject. Applicants with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree or the BSc Biotechnology are eligible to apply.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Core modules

  • Advanced Materials Research and Communication (autumn): 10 credits

Summary Of Content: This module requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way this module is like the Individual Project. It has three cycles each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the Advanced Materials Teachers (Professor AB Seddon, Dr X Hou and Dr I Ahmed) straight after the teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme.

The point of the module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle. The classes are seminars, where good practice is openly discussed and materials' advantages and disadvantages are openly debated. Not to attend classes is not an option or failure of the module at the end is very likely to ensue. This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials' themes such as: aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials and so on.

The module deals with the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications, the processing of these materials, the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties and ultimate performance.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 12 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Case study 1, 2000 word report and oral/visual presentation
Coursework 2 35.00 Case study 2, 2000 word report and oral/visual presentation
Coursework 3 35.00 Case study 3, 2000 word report and oral/visual presentation
 
Human Structure and Function for Engineers (autumn): 10 credits
Summary of content

This module considers aspects of human structure and function, and relevant terminology, pertaining to organ systems of interest to bioengineers including:

  • Basic anatomical and medical terminology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Reproductive and excretory system
  • Nervous system
  • The skeletal system will be considered in greater depth with examples of normal and pathological function and engineering-based interventions.

 

Taught semesters

Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 2 week 1 hour

 

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2-hour written examination

 

 
Cell Structure and Function for Engineers (autumn): 10 credits
Summary of content

This module will introduce the following topics

Structure and function of cells and cell organelles

Protein and enzyme structure and function

Biosynthesis of cell components

The role of cell membranes in barrier and transport processes.

Examples relating to biomaterials and medical devices will be given where appropriate.

Taught semesters

Semester
Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00
 
  • Medical Device Design and Regulation (year long): 20 credits

Summary of content

This module is concerned with the regulatory processes applied to medical devices through all stages of development, commercial production and clinical use. The remit of the module covers both synthetic medical devices and tissue engineering regulation and, as such, consideration will include combination products and pharmaceutical regulation where appropriate. Core content will include an introduction to standards and standards organisations, biocompatibility standards, regulatory strategy, design control and risk analysis, premarket approval and clearance and manufacturing control. Core material will be delivered by University staff with up to 50% contact time given over to speakers from industry with specific experience working with medical device regulations.

Taught semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00  
Exam 1 80.00
 
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring): 10 credits

Summary of content

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:
 

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
     
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
     
  • Measurement and error analysis
     
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
     
  • Modelling using CAE packages
     
  • Use of CES Selector software
     
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
     
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
     
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
     
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 40.00 2000 word literature review on a topic relevant to MSc programme.
Coursework 2   Formative health & safety risk assessment
Coursework 3 60.00 2000 word max planning report; topics to be specific to individual MSc courses and specialist training
 
Individual Postgraduate Project (summer): 60 credits

Summary Of Content: This project involves students undertaking an original, independent, research study into an engineering or industrial topic appropriate to their specific MSc programme. The project should be carried out in a professional manner and may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to the MSc programme, as agreed by the relevant Course Director and module convenor.

The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules; the student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, evaluation and oral and written communication. Final reporting will take the form of a written account including a literature review and an account of the student's contribution. A presentation will be made to academic staff towards the end of the project.

Method and Frequency of Class:

There will be a one hour introductory session/session via Moodle . All other activities are arranged on an individual basis between the student and the project supervisor.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 10.00 Interim Report (Marked by project supervisor)
Coursework 2 15.00 Supervisor assessment of student input and professionalism (marked by project supervisor)
Coursework 3 10.00 15 minute oral presentation (peer marked and with 1 staff)
Coursework 4 65.00 Dissertation (10,000 word limit)

The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of 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 lauric anhydride
  • Investigating surface roughness and surface chemistry influences on osteoblast responses in-vitro
  • To evaluate the potentiality to combine additive manufacturing (AM) technique to fabricate customised implants with surface functionalization using electrolyte jet machining (EJM) for the cardiovascular application
  • An in-vitro study of osteoblastic cell response to magnesium with polydopamine and polydopamine/hydroxyapatite composites coatings
  • Determination of bond strength for adhesively fixed anchors
  • In-vitro assessment of antimicrobial ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
  • An in-vitro evaluation of cell response to HVSFS bioceramic coatings
 

Optional modules 

  • Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials (autumn): 20 credits

Course summary

This module is concerned with the biomedical application of materials. It addresses three key areas: 

1. The clinical need for materials in medicine. An outline of cases where disease and trauma can be treated using materials and the tissues involved. 

2. The biological responses to materials in the body. Specifically the effect of the biological environment on materials and the effect of implantation of materials on the body. 

3. The application of materials in medicine. The material requirements, surgical procedures and expected biological performance of biomaterials. The advantages and disadvantages of using different types of materials and the importance of the design of medical implants.

Taught semesters

Autumn UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 20.00 Laboratory report
Coursework 2 20.00 Clinical observation report
Exam 1 60.00 Closed book exam. 2 hours.

 

 

 
Digital Signal Processing (autumn): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module introduces the principles, major algorithms, and implementation possibilities, of digital signal processing at an advanced level.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours
Workshop 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 50.00

Part 1: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate fundamental acquisition of the module's learning outcomes.

Part 2: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate application of the module's learning outcomes to realistic engineering design and implement tasks.

Exam 50.00  
 
Sensing Systems and Signal Processing (spring): 10 credits

 

Summary Of Content: This module covers a selection of topics where information is acquired from sensors and subsequently electronically processed. Applications will typically include, optical, acoustic, non-destructive evaluation, medical and biophotonics.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 9 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 2 weeks 1 week 3 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 50.00 Comprised of 3 pieces 
Exam 50.00  
 
Optical and Photonics Technology (spring): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module covers selected topics from the interface between electronic and optical regimes. It includes issues regarding component, circuit, and system design, with applications to communications, material processing, bio-photonics and optical imaging.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours
Workshop 1 week 1 week 4 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 50.00

Part 1: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate fundamental acquisition of the module's learning outcomes.

Part 2: weight 25%, 25 hours of student effort; assessment of student ability to demonstrate application of the module's learning outcomes to realistic engineering design and implement tasks.

Exam 50.00  
 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (autumn): 20 credits

Summary of Content: This module consists of:
  • Indroduction
  • Fundamental CFD theory
  • Turbulence
  • Multiphase
  • Reactive Flow
  • Quality Assurance

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Computing 8 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 2 week 1 hour
Un Assign 5 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 50.00 Individual project up to 4000 words
Exam 1 50.00 2-hour written examination
 
Functional Medical Imaging (spring): 10 credits

Course summary

The techniques for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) are explored. The course aims to introduce the brain imaging technique of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), giving an overview of the physics involved in this technique. The electromagnetic techniques of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) will then be outlined, and the relative advantages of the techniques described.

Taught semesters

Spring UK

Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 2 week 1 hour

 

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00  
 
  • Biomechanics (spring): 10 credits

Course summary
  • This module considers aspects of experimental and theoretical biomechanics including:
  • Mechanical properties of biological tissues:
  • Hard tissues including bone;
  • Soft tissues including cartilage, tendon, disc and blood vessels;
  • Time dependent behaviour;
  • Experimental techniques
  • Impact mechanics
  • Modelling
  • Custom implants


Taught semesters

Spring UK


Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks 2 week 1 hour


Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2-hour written exam

 

 
  • Biomaterials Modelling (spring): 10 credits

Course summary

Mathematical methods have much to offer by way of providing qualitative and quantitative insight into a wide range of bioengineering issues. This course will provide some of the mathematical background needed to formulate models for mass transport, fluid flow and tissue mechanics, for example, and some of the methods adopted to analyse such models. Some widely-used statistical methods will also be introduced. The course will cover the following topics:

    • Introduction to mathematical modelling procedures (phenomenological, statistical and mechanistic).
    • Differential equation formulations (examples, analytical, graphical and computational methods; ordinary and partial).
    • Statistical methods.
    • A range of case studies


Taught semesters

Spring UK


Delivery

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 

Assessment method

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100.00 2-hour written examination
 
Advanced Applications of Biomaterials and Biomechanics (spring): 20 credits

Summary Of Content: This module is concerned with selected advanced applications of biomaterials and biomechanics. Particular emphasis will be given to:

  • (i) understanding how alterations in selected surface properties may influence biological responses and how this knowledge may be exploited for different biomedical applications
  • (ii) current knowledge of spinal biomechanics and recent developments in spinal medical device instrumentation
  • (iii) recent developments in glass and ceramic biomaterial applications

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 22 weeks 2 weeks 2 hours


Method of Assessment:

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15.00 Report/Case study
Coursework 2 10.00 Prepared short presentation
Exam 75.00 Closed book exam, 2 Hours
 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.

 
 

Fees and funding

Additional costs

 

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

This includes £150 for a Hepatitis B vaccination should you work on projects involving cell culture. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles which could cost up to £300.

Funding your masters

 

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

This course offers 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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.  

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.9% of postgraduates in engineering faculty courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £35,550 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

 
 

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