This is a relatively new subject area that brings together several disciplines including human biology, materials science, engineering design and materials development and processing for clinical applications. It is responsible for developing and improving materials used in the human body to replace or repair damaged tissues and therefore has close links with the medical and dental professions who actually use and implant these biomaterials.
Artificial hip joints, replacement heart valves, bone plates, artificial teeth and fillings are a few from a growing number of applications in biomedical materials. The course aims to give a thorough background in materials science, cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, engineering and experimental design, all of which are relevant to the use and development of biomaterials.
Biomedical Engineering – Course Summary
This programme enables to students to take part in an exciting expanding field. Biomedical Engineering draws from a broad range of disciplines, including the sciences of medicine, engineering, biology and materials as well as mathematics and computing. This course is designed to give students a greater understanding of these traditionally disparate subjects and appreciation of their inter-relationships.
In the second year of these degree programmes, students will take part in 8 case studies. These are designed to demonstrate the practical applications of the course and to highlight areas of growing importance in biomedical engineering and biomedical materials science.