Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This programme will help you to develop advanced knowledge of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Delivered by experts from across UCL and eminent visiting lecturers from industry and medical charities, this interdisciplinary programme attracts physical sciences, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£19,300
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the chosen field, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will develop an advanced knowledge of topics in biomaterials and tissue engineering, alongside an awareness of the context in which healthcare engineering operates. This includes 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.

Who this course is for

As an interdisciplinary programme, we attract physical science, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with medicine qualifications.

What this course will give you

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

UCL Mechanical Engineering has a range of research laboratories which enhance the study of biomaterials and tissue engineering. There are six biomaterials and bioengineering laboratories, set up with funding from the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation. A biomaterials processing and forming laboratory is also available in the Materials Hub in the Engineering Building.

The programme is also delivered by leading researchers across UCL's Division of Medicine, Eastman Dental Institute, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and visiting experts from other UK organisations.

This programme is delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, as well as a variety of industrial experts. You will have a range 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.

We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community. Our employability activities include employer-led events and individual coaching. Throughout the programme, you will also be encouraged to develop networks within the department and more widely across UCL.
 

The foundation of your career

Engineering graduates with good analytical abilities are in high demand and our graduates have a range of opportunities to gain employment across many sectors and industries, including medicine and biotech firms as well as pursuing further study. Students who have recently graduated from this programme have gone on to work in organisations such as:

  • MHRA (UK)
  • National Health Service (UK)
  • Stamm Biotech
  • Consilium Strategic Communications
  • Oncologia

Employability

This MSc programme can open the door to a range of career opportunities. The programme is suitable for students wishing to become academics, researchers or professionals and for those pursuing senior management careers in manufacturing or healthcare engineering.

Networking

All postgraduate students have access to a rich ecosystem of opportunities to enrich their study and future career prospects by networking. These include a range of networking events, talks and training facilitated by UCL Careers, UCL Engineering Careers, and UCL Innovation and Enterprise, with tailored events at department level including a Mechanical Engineering Careers Fair.  

These are complemented by student-led events with guests from industry, often featuring UCL alumni, industry visits and a range of events from dedicated UCL student societies, focused on specific industrial sectors, as well as entrepreneurship.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work (including group projects), workshops and problem classes, which frequently draw upon real-life case studies.

Assessment for this MSc programme is through a combination of examinations, coursework, reports, presentations, the group design project and the individual research project.

Contact time takes a variety of forms, including lectures, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, student feedback and consultation hours (where staff are available for consultation), email, and situations where feedback on assessed work is given. This is supplemented by self-directed learning to build up knowledge and skills.

Each module has a credit value that indicates the average learning hours you will spend on the required content. One credit typically equates to 10 hours of learning, which includes all contact time, self-directed study and assessment.

The contact time for each of your 15 credit taught modules will typically include 20-30 hours of teaching activity over the term of its delivery, with the balance then comprised of self-directed learning and working on your assessments. You will have ongoing contact with teaching staff via each module’s online discussion forum, which is typically used for discussing and clarifying concepts or assessment matters, and will have the opportunity to access additional support via regular student feedback and consultation hours with module leaders and programme directors.

Your project module will include regular contact with your project supervisor(s), who will guide and support you throughout your project. You will dedicate most of your time on this module to carrying out research in connection with your project and writing up your final report.

Modules

The taught part of the programme is comprised of eight compulsory subject modules (one of which is the group project). The taught modules consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials and example classes.

The first two academic terms comprise the taught modules, including the group project. The Individual Research Project is a large part of the programme running from March to September. This is carried out under the supervision of a member of staff and is assessed on the basis of a written report and a project presentation. Progress is monitored via progress reports. 

The taught part of the programme is comprised of eight compulsory subject modules (one of which is the group project). The taught modules comprise lectures, seminars, tutorials and example classes. Students on the modular-flexible programme select how many of these modules they wish to take in each year of study. The individual project must be taken in your last year of study.

Teaching takes place for the taught modules across the first two academic terms, including the group project. The Individual Research Project comprises a large part of the programme running from March to September. This is carried out under the supervision of a member of staff and is assessed on the basis of a written report and a project presentation. Progress is monitored via progress reports. 

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There may occasionally be small, incidental expenses which can be reimbursed by the department once claimed.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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