BSc in Biomedical Materials Science: The University of Manchester

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BSc in Biomedical Materials Science: The University of Manchester, Undergraduate Admissions, Materials Science Centre, The University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HS, Manchester, United Kingdom
Health Sciences and Human Body
Course Language(s) 
Course Beginning 
28 January, 18 February and 18 March
3 years
Scholarship and Grants

+44 (0) 161 306 5942


Course description

This programme focuses on the use of materials in biomedical applications, principally for the treatment of a wide range of diseases and/or disabilities. It covers many areas of biology, biochemistry, anatomy, cytology and materials science. In this way you can gain an understanding of the interactions that occur between differing classes of material and the many tissues of the human body.

Course content

In the first year you principally address factors controlling materials properties to provide a clear foundation for the study of biomaterials whilst introducing the biological aspects of the programme.

As you progress the biological implications of using synthetic materials for therapeutic applications are considered in more detail.

In the second year and beyond, comparisons are made between conventional and custom designed synthetic materials for biomedical applications.

Approximately half of the course is shared in common with the Materials Science programme in order to provide a firm understanding of the science that underlies the materials used in biomedical applications. The remaining 50% of the course is directly related to the biological aspects of the subject.

In year three, advanced topics are offered through choice of options. An extensive final year project enables you to develop further practical and analytical skills. Formal teaching in communication and transferable skills, including computing and presentation techniques, is given to complement the academic training.

Career opportunities

Careers include research and development roles, management positions and technical sales within large materials manufacturing or end-users. The range of careers include things as diverse as teaching, engineering, consultancy and technical development roles.

Entry requirements

  • English language: GCSE grade C, IELTS 6.0 with no subtest below 5.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 550 with TWE of 5.0, TOEFL computer-based test score of 213 with TWE of 5.0, TOEFL internet based test score of 80. Cambridge Proficiency in English Grade C, English for Academic Purposes Grade B.
  • A level: Grades ABC. This should include Biology and Chemistry plus a third science subject (preferably Mathematics or Physics).
  • AS level: They do not normally make an offer based on AS level, but each application is considered individually.
  • Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
  • GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language, Science and Mathematics.
  • Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points overall, including Biology and Chemistry at higher level plus a third science subject (preferably Mathematics or Physics).

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