Queen Mary has led the field in biomaterials teaching and research for over 20 years. This degree is aimed at people with conventional materials expertise who wish to facilitate their development into the biomaterials field. The programme is designed to provide a good level of understanding and appreciation of the principles and applications of biomaterials and medical devices.
Biomedical Material Sciences involves tailor making of materials for medical applications. Examples of these applications include artificial skin, vascular and cardiovascular implants and devices, bone graft substitutes, new prosthetic devices, dental materials, biosensors, controlled drug delivery etc. Application in this field have been rapidly expanding, as it depends on the imagination of a biomedical material scientist and identifying appropriate applications in consultation with the clinicians. Hence, a marriage made in heaven between the clinicians and non-clinical researchers.
During 1970s through to 1990s, a number of new synthetic absorbable and non-absorbable polymers; biologically-derived materials (e.g., cross-linked xenografts), bio-derived macromolecules, coatings (passive and bioactive), and tissue adhesives for a myriad of clinical applications were introduced. By the turn of 21st century, the impending explosion of biomedical materials was clear; this explosion was coming in the use of absorbable biomaterials for the fabrication of scaffolds for the synthesis of tissue in vitro (tissue engineering) and as implants to facilitate the regeneration of tissue in vivo (regenerative medicine).
Recently, materials used in medicine (biomaterials) have made enormous impact on the repair and replacement of injured and diseased part of the human body and the field is growing with a rapid pace.
This long established programme will equip you with both theoretical and applied knowledge of biomaterials. Technological advances, as well as methodological issues, have contributed to the transformation of biomaterials and their functions. The course will provide an insight into areas of material science, biocompatibility, ethical issues, nanomaterials, and biological systems. The course is interdisciplinary in nature and involves a combination of theoretical and practical approaches.