Staff perspective

Professor Sarah Cartmell - MSc Biomaterials Coordinator

Sarah prepares graduates for a growing industry.

Skills Training and Collaboration

We ensure excellence in both the teaching of Biomaterials and current state of the art research in this area. We also provide great training in skill development covering not only specific laboratory technical skills but translational postgraduate skills in information collation, dissemination and problem solving too. "This MSc is a research-informed teaching course. The lecturers and supervisors all run innovative research programs in a variety of biomaterial application areas such as orthopaedics, dentistry, skin, muscle and tendon. They have close research links with industry players, such as Stryker, Magnesium Elektron, Giltech Ltd, Smith and Nephew and CERAM.

The excellence in training provided on this course leads to outstanding graduates; we have a strong pastoral system that allows student support and integration within the whole University. Feedback to students about marked assignments is a high priority because we want students know areas they are performing strongly and where they may need to refocus their efforts.

Course Highlights

A course highlight is the research project section of this course which enables students to gain hands-on practical training in the area of emerging therapy of regenerative medicine. Other highlights include lectures from international leading experts, and the opportunity for students to develop important translational dissemination skills needed for subsequent employment, such as manuscript preparation for publication and presentation skills.

Aims of the course

The Master’s course in Biomaterials is multi-disciplinary. It provides students with a rich understanding of current clinically used biomaterials and state-of-the-art advances in research to improve these. The clinical application of these biomaterials will be demonstrated along with an in-depth description of materials structure and processing (e.g. polymer, composite and ceramic). The project component will allow hands-on training for the students in further developing novel biomaterials.

This MSc will enable you to increase knowledge and skills in the areas of specific materials design and testing for clinical application.

Students will have the opportunity to take 90 taught credits with training in state of the art biomaterials design (ceramics, polymers, composites, hydrogels etc.) with information relating to biological assessment of these materials (e.g. stem cell response, ISO/FDA regulations). Students also have the opportunity to gain90credits through a specific research project where they will gain analytical skills and data processing skills relevant to biomaterials design and use.

The full MSc programme is made up of seven taught course units and a four month research project. The taught units are:

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec):

Research Methods course unit (15 credits); Lectures and workshops detailing transferable skills such as project management, time management, essay writing, oral presentation.

Master Class Course Unit (15 credits); Lectures specific to biomaterials design, characterization, manufacture and characterization. Lectures on use of stem cells with biomaterials and tissue engineering applications also included.

Structure & Mechanical Properties of Polymers (15 credits); Module covers masters level detail of polymer technology.

Clinical Applications of Biomaterials (15 credits); lectures series detailing current clinical applications of biomaterials. The module also covers a case study exercise.


Semester 2 (Jan - March):

 Composite Materials (15 credits); students will learn about composite material design and implementation for biomaterials.

 Nanobiomaterials (15 credits); lecture series on nanobiomaterials manufacture, characterization and use as biomaterials

 Summer (March - Sept): Research project (90 credits); 5month research project studying specific biomaterials design or characterisation. Student will have specifically allocated supervisor to provide training in biomaterials. Assessment: Oral presentation and write up: Research aims, hypothesis, Gantt chart, milestones, write up project in form of journal publication for `Biomaterials' journal.

 The programme aims to further your knowledge base in biomaterial structure, manufacture and use and to develop your critical analysis of biomaterial development and methods of application.


Who is this programme for?

Students from an engineering or medically related background who wish to pursue a career in biomaterials.

How to apply

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Course flyer

Download MSc-PG Diploma Biomaterials flyer.     

Entry requirements

MSc - 2.2 UK Honours degree or equivalent in any of the following: bioengineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, biomedical science, medicine, dentistry or equivalent relevant subject.

Unfortunately, As of September 2016, we no longer offer the Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. These courses are still available for September 2015 entry; you will need at least an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Please note: Graduates with other relevant degrees (e.g. mechatronics) may also be admitted. Applicants who have a HND will be considered for admission if they have in addition attained a level in professional examinations that is recognized to be equivalent to a good Honours degree standard.

English language

TOEFL (Internet based) – Speaking – 23, Reading – 22, Writing – 21, Listening – 21, Overall - 90; IELTS >6.5 or equivalent, with no sub-test less than 5.5

If you do not currently have an English Language qualification at the required level then it may be possible to arrange a pre-sessional course, the duration of which will depend on your current English language qualification. For more information on the pre-sessional English language courses please visit the Universities Language Centre website.

Please note the IELTS must be taken at a UK Visa and Immigration approved secure English language test center if it is to be used to gain entry onto a pre-sesional English course.Unfortunately, TOEFL tests cannot be used to gain entry onto the pre-sessional course.

English language test validity: Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

The medical device industry is estimated to be increasing at a rate of ~15% per year (Grammenou, 2006). As such it is important to provide scientists that are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the workplace to advance this important clinical need.

The majority of graduates of this programme go on to fill key posts as biomaterials scientists, managers and consultants in academia, industry and research and development. Some advance to PhD programmes within The University of Manchester or external institutes.


Accredited by the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining (IOM3) as meeting the Further Learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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