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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 19500 per year

All study options

About Biomaterials at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

IntroductionThe Department runs two types of Masters degree programmes. These consist of a taught MSc comprising eight lecture modules and a project equal to four modules; and a Research Masters comprising five taught modules and a seven module project. Each programme is closely tied to the interests of one or more of the Department`s research groups, ensuring that you are exposed to the latest developments in your chosen field. Both the MRes and MSc programmes are designed to develop and enhance professional competence in individuals who are already experienced, and who wish to build on that experience through a structured programme of study. These programmes are designed to prepare students for a specific career or subject area. Both these programmes will build upon knowledge and skills gained from a relevant first degree (or equivalent). Masters graduates will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of their specialist subject area, while placing that subject within a wider organisational and contextual framework. You will understand current issues and thinking, along with techniques applicable to research in your chosen subject area. You will have both theoretical and applied perspectives and will be able to apply a range of specialist skills to the organisations in which you may operate. The Research Masters is a one-year full-time postgraduate research course, leading to a Master of Research (MRes) degree. It is designed to provide graduates with the foundations for a career in research in industry, commerce, the service sector, the public sector or academia. The courses are designed to provide high quality training in the methods and practice of research, and in complementary transferable skills. The MRes degree serves both as a qualification in its own right, for an immediate entry into a research career in industry, or elsewhere, or as an enhanced route to a PhD through further research. All our MRes courses follow EPSRC guidelines and contain: A substantial research component, comprising at least 50-60 per cent of the working year that involves research carried out solely by the student. You will have the opportunity to develop a research project, linked to a relevant problem, under the joint supervision of both participating industrial researchers, and academic staff. Taught components (20-30 per cent of the course) cover research techniques including: research methodologies, philosophy and principles, ethics, experiment design, managing research progress, literature searches and information retrieval, data analysis and presentation, technical and scientific writing, patent law, intellectual property rights, innovation, entrepreneurship and exploitation of research, in addition to further components covering advanced knowledge and skills. Taught components, comprising around 20 per cent of the course, cover transferable and personal skills such as: presentation skills, communication, negotiation, time management, health and safety, management and team working skills. The course will take the form of two weekly lectures and a `mini-project` examination. The latter will give you one week to research two typical industrial scenarios, drawing on lecture materials. The course lectures will provide a detailed explanation of testing techniques and analytical methods commonly used in materials research. In addition, you will learn how to plan experiments, select appropriate standard test methods, process data and write technical papers.Course descriptionQueen Mary has led the field in biomaterials teaching and research for over 20 years. In the early 1980s we were the first UK department to teach Biomaterials course modules and in 1991 the first to offer an undergraduate degree in the subject. The MSc/MRes in Biomaterials are aimed at people with conventional materials expertise who wish to facilitate their development into the biomaterials field. This provides a good level of understanding and appreciation of the principles and applications of biomaterials and medical devices.The topics typically covered include:Biological Structures Biomaterials and Biomechanics Medical Engineering Biosensors and Devices Advanced Topics in Biomaterials. You will study both materials-based course units and medicine-based course units, in addition to those written specifically for the degree courses in biomaterials. Student research projects will be based on the research interests of staff of the Department of Materials or IRC in Biomedical Materials. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of biomaterials (their function and application), medical devices, biosensors and the characteristics of biomaterials, in addition to their surface, physical and mechanical properties.AssessmentAs part of your assessment, you are expected to work on an extended research project, of over eleven months, which will be evaluated by thesis, presentation and viva (by an external examiner). The taught courses are all examined in May or early June.Entry requirementsA minimum of a second class honours degree in a science, engineering or technology based subject.Research element (project)Each student is assigned a project supervisor involved in their research area. Following the completion of the extended research project, a thesis, which will normally include both theoretical and applied research, is then written over the summer months, and submitted by the end of September. Both taught and research elements of the course must be passed to obtain a degree.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 19500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Entry requirements

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

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