This 12 month course aims to provide science or engineering graduates from a diversity of backgrounds with a solid grounding in modern bioengineering technologies, together with options to develop an emphasis in biomechanics and biomaterials, bioimaging and biosensing and digital modelling of various human systems which will prepare students for a career in an industrial, clinical or research environment.

This course is one of two closely related bioengineering master courses that comprise of a common core with the ability to focus on specific aspects of bioengineering.

The course has a broader scope than the other related course, allowing students to select modules related to biomaterials, biomechanics and digital modelling.

Key facts

  • The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
  • This multidisciplinary master covers practical and theoretical aspects of bioengineering, including medical imaging, mathematical and engineering modelling, cell-biomaterial surface interactions, materials characterisation, functionalisation of surface, and biomechanics

Course details

This course may be appropriate for students who have yet to decide which area of bioengineering they wish to focus on. The principles of the course are highly relevant to the established medical device sector, the biotechnology and the emerging regenerative medicine industry.

Students will gain experience of the type of problems encountered by academic and industrial researchers, both via taught courses and project work. Written and oral presentations will be undertaken at various stages of the course.

A substantial individual project will be undertaken, developing a students' ability to engage in independent learning, and preparing them for postgraduate research or careers in industry or hospitals.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: A high 2:2 (or international equivalent) BEng/BSc in any relevant subject.Applicants with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree or the BSc Biotechnology are eligible to apply.


Core modules

  • Advanced Engineering Research Preparation(autumn): 10 credits
  • Human Structure and Function for Engineers(autumn): 10 credits
  • Cell Structure and Function for Engineers(autumn): 10 credits
  • Medical Device Regulation(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design(spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project(summer): 60 credits

Optional modules

  • Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials (autumn): 20 credits
  • Human Performance (year long): 20 credits
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (autumn): 20 credits
  • Functional Medical Imaging (spring): 10 credits
  • Biomechanics (spring): 10 credits
  • Biomaterials Modelling (spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Applications of Biomaterials and Biomechanics (spring): 20 credits

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.9% of postgraduates in engineering faculty courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £35,550 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: A high 2:2 or equivalent
  • Other requirements: Applicants with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree or the BSc Biotechnology are eligible to apply.
  • IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 5, 2018
This course is Campus based
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1 year
7,785 GBP
UK/EU Fees £7,785; International Fees: £22,815
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