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  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials)

Explore the use of advanced biomaterials in medical and surgical environments.

Explore the use of advanced biomaterials in medical and surgical environments

Get industry recognition with an accredited degree

Develop project management, teamwork and communication skills on an individual research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £17,600 Home

    • £40,900 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

    • White City

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Advance your understanding of key aspects of bioengineering in relation to biomaterials on this Master's course.

You'll gain the technical knowledge and transferable skills required to pursue a career in bioengineering, while developing specialist expertise in the field of biomaterials.

You'll explore both existing and new biomaterials and their application in medical and surgical devices.

You'll also examine the development of materials for new applications, the response of cells, and the design of materials as scaffolds for tissue engineering.

An individual research project is a key component of your studies. This provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge to current research problems.

Teaching is shared across our South Kensington and White City campuses. This includes the Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub, our new centre of MedTech innovation.

Biomedical Engineering streams


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll choose three optional modules.

Optional modules

Apply knowledge from the course to current research problems on an extended individual project. 

You'll develop important project management, teamwork and communication skills highly valued by employers and international research groups.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Our accreditation agreements are renewed every five years and the current agreement runs until 2023.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures and seminars
  • Research project

  • 15% Lectures and seminars
  • 85% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Computing labs
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person giving seminar
    Guest lectures
  • A person studying independently
    Independent study
  • Presentations
  • Study groups

Balance of assessment


  • Practical
  • Coursework
  • Exams

  • 30% Practical
  • 35% Coursework
  • 35% Exams

Assessment methods

  • Problem sheets
  • Lab reports
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Papers from a written report
    Project reports
  • Oral exams
  • Person completing coursework
    In-class progress tests
  • Person making a presentation
    Poster presentations
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written exams

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Applications open on 2 October 2023

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


Your career path

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in biomedical engineering or similar fields.

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Around 60% of postgraduates find employment upon graduation, while just over a third opt for continued study or training.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Medicine, healthcare and the medical device industry are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include research, teaching, start-ups, consultancy and finance.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications