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BMedScBiomedical Materials Science

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

Artificial hip and knee joints, replacement blood vessels and heart valves, artificial teeth and fillings, contact lenses, modern drug delivery systems and tissue engineering are just a few of the growing number of applications of biomedical materials.

This degree offers you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive background in the medical science and engineering of materials for repairing or replacing damaged, diseased or missing tissues in the human body. The Biomedical Materials Science course is one of the few courses focussing equally on the biological and material sciences and our graduates therefore find career opportunities in a wide range of areas related to medical and dental sciences.

“As long as humans cannot replace lost tissue like a salamander, the development of biomaterials and biomaterials based tissue engineering scaffolds will be crucial for the wellbeing of an ageing population. Characterisation and development of novel biomaterials is what the Biomedical Materials Science course is about.” Dr Mike Hofmann, Biomaterials Researcher

Programme structure

Modules in the first year
You will study the structure and properties of materials – including polymers, ceramics and metals – anatomy, physiology, introduction to cell and molecular biology and bacteriology, alongside biomechanics and a general introduction to the development and clinical use of biomaterials.

20 credits – Introduction to Biomaterials
20 credits – Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Cells and Materials)
20 credits – Anatomy for Biomaterials
10 credits – Cardiorespiratory Physiology: Linking Cells to the Environment
10 credits – Principles of Biomechanics
20 credits – Introduction to Tissue Engineering
20 credits – Design for Structural Applications
Modules in the second year
In this year you focus on the reactions of the body to biomaterials, how these materials are designed and made into components to be used in medical application.

20 credits – Dental Biomaterials
20 credits – Orthopaedic Biomaterials
20 credits – Microscopy and Analysis
10 credits – Introduction to Bacteriology and Infections Associated with Biomaterials
20 credits – Non-Crystalline Materials
10 credits – Physiology in Health and Disease
20 credits – Wound Healing and the Immune Response
Modules in the third year
Your final year gives you the opportunity to get involved in state of the art ongoing research within your extensive two semester final year research project.

10 credits – Design for Manufacturefor Biomaterials
10 credits – Advanced Materials
10 credits – Laboratory Assessment of Biomaterials
10 credits – Biomaterial Applications
10 credits – Interactions of Biomaterials with the Body
10 credits – Emerging Technologies
60 credits – Research Project

Career opportunities

Our Biomedical Materials Science graduates have little problem in securing employment or further training. Many go on to do medical and biological research, while others have followed a variety of career options in health care and related areas, such as blood perfusion, optometry, audiology and work in medical device regulatory authorities. Some graduates continue their studies in pursuit of degrees in Medicine or Dentistry. A significant proportion have also entered traditional graduate career areas such as finance, publishing, accounting and IT.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States