Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MEng
  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Specialise in materials that can stimulate beneficial biological responses in this professionally accredited degree.

Apply your study of materials to the healthcare and medical devices industry in this professional accredited degree

Acquire practical skills through laboratory tutorials and gain a foothold into the world of biomaterials

Specialise in materials that can stimulate beneficial biological responses and complete a substantial research project

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code


  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    5 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • AAA (A-level)

  • 38 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Build your understanding of materials science and specialise in biomaterials and tissue engineering on this professionally accredited Master’s degree.

Technological advances in materials science and engineering (MSE) are transforming our lives in a range of areas, from targeted drug delivery and disease detection, to tissue engineered scaffolds.

During your studies, you'll analyse how materials innovations solve real problems in fields such as healthcare and medical devices.

You’ll also assess how technological advances are creating new opportunities in biomedical engineering, 3D printing, robotics and quantum computing.

This course will see you engage in the scientific and engineering aspects of the discipline, and learn about the processing, structure, and performance of materials. 

As it progresses, you'll design your own experiments to test a hypothesis and investigate materials using characterisation techniques such as electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

The third year will see you start to specialise in biomaterials. This includes the flexibility to choose modules that fit with your career interests. 

Your fourth year sees your studies reach Master's level, where you’ll advance your understanding of tissue engineering and apply your skills to an extensive research project.


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.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study the following modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 1
  • Performance of Structural Materials
  • Engineering Practice 1
  • Fundamentals of Processing
  • Structure 1
  • Properties 1

You’ll study all core modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 2
  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Properties 2
  • Structure 2
  • Performance of Functional Materials

You’ll study all core modules.

You’ll also choose three optional modules.



Core modules

  • Materials Processing
  • Processing Laboratory
  • Theory and Simulation of Materials
  • Managerial Economics
  • Research Techniques
  • I-Explore
  • Biomaterials

Optional modules

  • Engineering Alloys
  • Ceramics and Glasses
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Optoelectronic Materials
  • Mathematics and Quantum Mechanics

Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

You’ll complete a research project and take two core modules.

You’ll also choose two optional modules.

Core modules

  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering

Optional modules

  • Density Functional Theory
  • Advanced Engineering Alloys
  • Electroceramics
  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Structural Ceramics
  • Machine Learning for Materials
  • Nuclear Materials

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

With a professionally accredited degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. Professional accreditation also provides international recognition of your qualifications, which you can use to launch a career abroad.

With this integrated Master’s degree, you’ll fully meet the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Becoming a Chartered Engineer can further enhance your career prospects and earning potential. It demonstrates your competencies and commitment to lifelong learning – providing you with recognition in your field and greater influence and opportunities.

Our accreditation agreement with IOM3 is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed in August 2028.


In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM) upon completion of this course. This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examination

Year 1

  • 40% Coursework
  • 60% Examination

Year 2

  • 35% Coursework
  • 65% Examination

Year 3

  • 38% Coursework
  • 62% Examination

Year 4

  • 67% Coursework
  • 33% Examination

Assessment methods

  • Microscope for lab work
    Laboratory performance
  • Laboratory reports
  • Code on a computer screen
    Online programming tests
  • Person completing coursework
    Written coursework
  • Group project reports
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Oral presentations

Entry requirements

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

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Start your application via UCAS | BJ95

UCAS institution code: I50

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £40,940 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

97% Of Imperial Materials graduates in work or further study*

  • 97% Of Imperial Materials graduates in work or further study*
  • 3%

91% Of Imperial Materials graduates in highly skilled work or further study*

  • 91% Of Imperial Materials graduates in highly skilled work or further study*
  • 9%

*2021-22 graduate outcomes data, published by HESA in 2024

3d printing of biomaterials

Pursue career opportunities related to biomaterials and tissue engineering.

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

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Healthcare, nanotechnology & research and development (R&D) are just some of your options.

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You’ll also be highly sought after in emerging sectors such as nanotechnology and biomedical materials.

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Other potential career paths include medical devices, tissue engineering, and biotechnology-type examples.

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