Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc

This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art knowledge and understanding of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Delivered by experts from across UCL, this interdisciplinary programme attracts physical sciences, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£10,765 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

You will 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. You will also gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for a career in this field.

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 (ionising and non-ionising)
  • Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Culminating in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation, the research project focuses your research interests and develops high-level presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Teaching and Learning

This dynamic 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc


SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances.
1 year
Prospective Master's students from Nigeria who display intellectual ability and leadership potential, and have a high standard of English, i.e. at least 6.5 in IELTS. Students must be aged between 21-30 years, and originate from one of the Niger Delta States in Nigeria, namely Rivers, Delta or Bayelsa, and currently reside in Nigeria. Applicants must intend to return and take up permanent residence in Nigeria after completion of the proposed programme of study. The eligible programmes for this award are MSc programmes in Chemical Process Engineering, Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Students must have obtained a degree of at least an equivalent standard to a an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and be neither a current nor former employee (who have left employment less than five years before) of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Limited, or current employee's relatives Applicants must not already have had the chance to study in the UK or other developed country.

Brown Family Bursary

1 year
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD Research student, Collaborating with Orthopaedics Research UK (2010)
  • PhD Research, Linkoping University, Sweden (2010)
  • Medical Student, St George's Medical School (2010)
  • PhD in Food for Healthcare, Sponsored by Unilever (2010)


Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, as well as industrial experts, you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas in biomaterials and tissue engineering. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the NHS, JRI Orthopaedics and Orthopaedics Research (UK) is key to our success and we will encourage you to develop networks through the programme itself and via the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

There are internationally-renowned research groups in biomaterials and bioengineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering which means that you will have access to a state-of-the art research portfolio.

In recent years, UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. For example, six new biomaterials and bioengineering laboratories have been set up using funding from the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation. A new biomaterials processing and forming laboratory will also be available in the Materials Hub to be located in the Engineering Building in 2015.

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

Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 129 taught students › 95 research students

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"London is a very multicultural world city that everyone wants to come to, and UCL consistently features in the top five of the world university rankings. Both these factors are extremely beneficial in attracting high-quality research students, research assistants and postdoctoral staff."

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe

Subject: Research Degree: Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Application and next steps


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?

An interdisciplinary programme we attract physical science, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with medicine qualifications. It opens the door to many careers and is suitable for students wishing to become academics, researchers or professionals and for those pursuing senior management careers, in manufacturing or power engineering.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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