Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Biomaterials Engineering

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

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

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Biomaterials Engineering

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

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

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 1st for satisfaction with teaching  (The Guardia University League Tables 2016)
  • 4th for Materials Technology (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 91%  of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich J5BX
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time J5BW
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich J5BZ
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time J5BY
Teaching and learning

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.

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.

STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is 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, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

 

Course structure

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).

More information on placements »

Year 3 MEng, final year BEng
  • 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
  • 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 that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: J5BX MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA from three A Levels including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Two AS Levels may be substituted for one A Level
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA in Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus highers at majority A and B grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 6 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J5BW MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA from three A Levels including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Two AS Levels may be substituted for one A Level
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA in Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus highers at majority A and B grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 6 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J5BZ BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB from three A Levels including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Two AS Levels may be substituted for one A Level
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB in Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus highers at majority A and B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD including with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J5BY BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB from three A Levels including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Two AS Levels may be substituted for one A Level
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB in Maths, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus highers at majority A and B grades
IB
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD including with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrial training

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.

Placement year at Rolls Royce

Adam Kent, an undergraduate student from the Department of Materials, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Rolls-Royce

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

Our students

Katrina Duncumb

“My placement year at Rolls-Royce was a fantastic experience. It gave me a perspective on what my course can help me achieve.”

Jack Beecroft

“My course is accredited and highly occupational. It enables me to access a wide range of industries without being restricted to a particular area of engineering.”

Henry Morton

“The support I’ve had has been fantastic – the Maths Learning Support Centre alone is great for maths help and staff at the Careers and Employability Centre have been indispensable whilst I’ve been applying for my placement.”

Katrina Duncumb

“My placement year at Rolls-Royce was a fantastic experience. It gave me a perspective on what my course can help me achieve.”

Jack Beecroft

“My course is accredited and highly occupational. It enables me to access a wide range of industries without being restricted to a particular area of engineering.”

Henry Morton

“The support I’ve had has been fantastic – the Maths Learning Support Centre alone is great for maths help and staff at the Careers and Employability Centre have been indispensable whilst I’ve been applying for my placement.”