Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Biomaterials Engineering

Bioengineering

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich J5BX AAA 1 October 2018
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time J5BW AAA 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich J5BZ ABB 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time J5BY ABB 1 October 2018

1st

in the UK for engineering placements

The Times Good University Guide 2017

97%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

across all engineering courses

DLHE 2015

£27,000

average starting salary across all engineering courses

Biomaterials Engineering course overview

Biomaterials Engineering is an exciting new course delivered within the family of Materials courses here at Loughborough.

It builds on our strengths in Materials and Bio-related disciplines across campus and offers students with a leaning towards bioscience and biotechnology a route into the important and growing area of materials that are bio-compatible and/or bio-derived and those that are designed for use in the biomedical sector. Particular application areas are in the health, sport and lifestyle sectors, in regenerative medicine, and in the context of a world-wide ageing population, biomaterials and medical device technology are developing fields that are set to continue to grow for many years.

By its nature this course is very interdisciplinary and also benefits from the expertise of our School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences and Chemical Engineering department (Regenerative Medicine).

The course is a comprehensive programme of modules that deliver both the theory and the essential industrial relevance employers seek from graduates. The course content encompasses all aspects of materials and biomaterials; their selection, manufacture, testing, assembly and environmental impact both during production and at the end of life.

The CAD and Engineering Drawing modules gave me an insight into the kind of software used in industry.

Rocky
BEng Biomaterials Engineering

How will I be taught?

Through a careful balance of lectures, practical sessions and case studies, students develop a thorough understanding of the properties and capabilities of an extensive range of engineering materials (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites), which can then be applied to a wide range of industrial contexts including healthcare, regenerative medicine and medical devices, as well as, aerospace, automotive, power generation and manufacturing amongst many others.

You will also learn how to develop and process new materials so that they can be used within engineered systems and effectively drive new developments in products and technology.

The management modules and project work form an important part of this course, preparing students for the workplace by developing crucial transferable skills.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology 1
  • Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Experimentation
  • CAD and Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
  • Introduction to Metal processing
  • Mechanics for Materials 1
  • Introduction to Product Design and Materials Selection
  • Mathematics 1 & 2

Year 2

  • Chemical & Biochemical Processes
  • Biomaterials 1
  • Polymers : Structure and properties
  • Polymers : Processing
  • Ceramics: Processing and Properties
  • Experimental Skills
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Mechanics for Materials 2
  • Fracture Mechanics of Materials
  • Mathematics for Materials 3
  • Statistics
  • Principles of Marketing

Optional placement year in industry

This is a salaried position and successful completion (45 weeks, minimum) leads to an additional award: Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).


Year 3 MEng, final year BEng

Compulsory modules

  • Biomaterials 2
  • Biomedical Component Design
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Composite Materials
  • Design for Vulnerable Users
  • Sustainability; Recycling and the Environment
  • Surface Engineering
  • Industrial Case Studies (BEng only)
  • Individual Biomaterials Project (BEng only)
  • Masters Individual Biomaterials Project (MEng only)

Optional modules

  • Project management
  • Language Studies
  • Electrochemical Technology

Final year MEng

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques
  • Materials Modelling
  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Advanced Materials Dissertation
  • Masters Group Project

Optional modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Language Studies
  • New Product Development

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


Assessment

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations, which vary from module to module, but overall the approximate ratio is 60/40 Exams/Coursework. Modules containing design-orientated work, individual and group projects are also assessed by oral presentation and in some cases poster presentation.


J5BX Biomaterials Engineering - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics Units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J5BW Biomaterials Engineering - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics Units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J5BZ Biomaterials Engineering - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDM with Distinctions in all Mathematics Units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J5BY Biomaterials Engineering - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including two from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject: DDM with Distinctions in all Mathematics Units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and additionally an interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

As this is a new course, we don't have any graduates yet, but possible career areas include the research environment, pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical device development sectors.

Industrial placements

We are the UK's number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record)

This course includes the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Placement roles can range from positions in Formula 1 motor racing companies, aircraft and automotive companies, large to small engineering companies, to marketing and business management positions in industry. Recent companies who have employed our placement students include E.ON, Rolls-Royce, General Motors, BMW, Smiths Medical, GKN, Unilever, Tata Steel and Mercedes-Benz.

Our students

Henry

Course

Materials Engineering

Department

Materials

Qualifications

BEng (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Rachel

Course

Materials Engineering

Department

Materials

Qualifications

MEng

Year of Study

2nd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: J5BX

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: J5BW

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: J5BZ

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: J5BY