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Biomedical Materials Science BMedSc


Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Modules in the first year

You will study the structure and properties of materials – including polymers, ceramics and metals – anatomy, physiology, introduction to cell and molecular biology and bacteriology, alongside biomechanics and a general introduction to the development and clinical use of biomaterials


  • 20 credits – Introduction to Biomaterials 
  • 20 credits – Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Cells and Materials)
  • 20 credits – Anatomy for Biomaterials
  • 10 credits – Cardiorespiratory Physiology: Linking Cells to the Environment
  • 10 credits – Principles of Biomechanics
  • 20 credits – Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • 20 credits – Design for Structural Applications

Modules in the second year

In this year you focus on the reactions of the body to biomaterials, how these materials are designed and made into components to be used in medical application.


  • 20 credits – Dental Biomaterials 
  • 20 credits – Orthopaedic Biomaterials 
  • 20 credits – Microscopy and Analysis of Biomaterials
  • 20 credits – Introduction to Bacteriology and Infections Associated with Biomaterials
  • 20 credits – Properties and Applications of Non-Crystalline Materials for Biomaterials
  • 20 credits – Wound Healing and the Immune Response

Modules in the third year

Your final year gives you the opportunity to get involved in state of the art ongoing research within your extensive two semester final year research project.


  • 60 credits – Research Project
  • 10 credits – Laboratory Assessment Biomaterials
  • 10 credits – Emerging Technologies
  • 20 credits – Advanced Materials and Design for Manufacture
  • 20 credits – Biomaterial Interactions and Applications

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

As a Newcastle graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you to apply your knowledge and skills to your chosen career.

Biomedical Materials Science graduates have little problem in securing employment or further training. Many go on to do medical and biological research, while others have followed a variety of career options in health care and related areas, such as blood perfusion, optometry, audiology and work in medical device regulatory authorities. Some graduates continue their studies in pursuit of degrees in Medicine or Dentistry. A significant proportion have also entered traditional graduate career areas such as finance, publishing, accounting and IT.

For the top students in their year who want to pursue a career in Dentistry after graduation we guarantee interview places for studying Dentistry at the University of Newcastle.

Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our outstanding Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service will help you to develop your career from the moment you arrive. Working closely with academics, alumni and employment providers, Careers Network work in conjunction with the Biomaterials Unit to provide you with advice and guidance on the recruitment process, including support with applications and interview preparation. 

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.