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In this multi-disciplinary course, you will be introduced to the field of biomaterials, and important factors in the selection, design, and development of biomaterials for clinical applications. You’ll develop an understanding of biomaterials science, engineering, regenerative medicine and associated specialisms.
From the start of the course, you will begin to develop an advanced level of understanding and appreciation of the principles and applications of biomaterials (their functions and applications), medical devices and the characteristics of biomaterials, in addition to their surface, physical and mechanical properties. You will also study materials and medicine based modules, as well as those written specifically for the degree programme in biomaterials.
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A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (biology or chemistry) or a related engineering subject.
A good honours degree in dentistry or medicine is also acceptable. Some background in chemistry and biology is desired.
English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
University of Sheffield has grown in reputation and size to become one of the UK’s leading universities with a global reputation for teaching and research. As part of the UK Russell Group, the University is a premier-league, research-led institution with over 27,000 students including more than 7,000 international students from 143 countries and over 7,000 members of staff.Read more
I specifically chose this course due to my interest in the materials aspect of medical engineering; something that would hugely supplement a surgical career (an interest of mine). Likewise, the study of human biology as a material engineer has provided further development of my clinical biology in addition to understanding the methods involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pathology.
Having no arranged access to personal research projects during the medical school syllabus, the final project included in this MSc has provided insight, experience and further awareness of the academic world of research.
I would recommend the study of biomaterials and regenerative medicine to all medical students looking at intercalating or postgraduate study, and especially to those who enjoyed physics, or are looking into a future career in surgery, acute and critical care and diagnostic medicine.
BYRON HAYWOOD-ALEXANDER / STUDIED MSC BIOMATERIALS AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AS AN INTERCALATED YEAR BETWEEN HIS 4TH AND 5TH YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL.
Why did you choose your course?
I’ve always felt curious about the way things are made. Designing, creating and assembling products from the vast range of materials is fascinating, but the real challenge emerges when you need to match the results with an extremely challenging environment: the human body. It’s thrilling and requires arduous work but I think the results are worth it.
What have you enjoyed most about your course so far?
I love how international the programme is. The lecturers take advantage of that and include a global perspective of the knowledge. In the same way, they have ongoing projects in the research and clinical aspects that allows us to get a real-world view of the area we are entering into.
What do you think about Sheffield as a city?
The city of Sheffield is full of students. It’s a great combination of a big town with all the facilities for a small city. It is perfectly located for the nature lovers as it is just right next to the Peak District and other big parks. Cities as Manchester, Birmingham and London are less than a couple of hours away.
Have you got any particular academic achievements or extra-curricular achievements you’d like to highlight?
I feel glad of having the opportunity of being an Academic Representative for my programme as well as for my MLTC German course, which helps feedback between academic staff and students. I belong to the Triathlon Club at the University.
What are your ambitions for the next few years?
Looking for a more specialised development of my skills, I will study a PhD in the Kroto Research Institute for the next 3 years focused on subchondral bone regeneration.
What did you study and where before starting your course?
I did my undergraduate studies on Biotechnology Engineering, in the “Tecnológico de Monterrey University” in Mexico City.
What would you say to students if they are considering studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield?
I would say it is an unique opportunity. The Department is one of the most important in the University as well as prestige in the country. Lecturers have a great experience in their topics and the research groups are innovative and give you all the facilities you require. Additionally, the environment of the University and the extracurricular options are amazing.
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