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Contact details

Ms Charlotte Reisch

Email: graduate-info@meng.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3907

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Mechanical Engineering

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

55% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc

This MSc will deliver state-of-the art knowledge in biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics at Master's level. The programme is designed to be interdisciplinary and attractive to physical science, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge of topics in biomaterials and tissue engineering alongside an awareness of the context in which healthcare engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. They gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for a career in this field.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen, in recent years, unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. Six new biomaterials and bioengineering laboratories have been set up funded by the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation.

The programme deliverers also include the Division of Medicine, the Eastman Dental Institute and visiting experts from other UK organisations.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

An exit-level only Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

An exit-level only Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biofluids and Medical Devices
  • Biomechanics and Biostructures
  • Applications of Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, and practical laboratory work. Assessment is through written, oral and viva-voce examinations, the dissertation and coursework (including the evaluation of laboratory reports, technical and project reports, problem solving exercises, assessment of computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations).

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university in a suitable engineering subject or appropriate medical qualification or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. It is recommended that you submit your application using the UCL online application form as this significantly speeds up the process. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed to be interdisciplinary and attractive to physical science, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine. The degree is suitable for students wishing to become Chartered Professionals and to pursue careers in higher levels of management, in manufacturing and in power engineering.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and/or professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme is designed to provide the necessary skills to work at a professional level in the healthcare industry, UK and worldwide.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • PhD research, collaborating with Orthopaedics Research UK
  • Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Denmark
  • PhD Research at Link√∂ping University, Sweden
  • Medicine Programme at St George's Medical School
  • PhD in Food for Healthcare, sponsored by Unilever

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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