Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4-5 years
Credit Hours:

42 with prior Master's 72 with prior Bachelor's
Develop the next life-saving discovery at the intersection of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering represents the highest level of scholarship and achievement in independent research that culminates in the completion of a dissertation of original scientific merit.

Want more info?

We're so glad you're interested in UNT! Let us know if you'd like more information and we'll get you everything you need.

Request More Info

Why Earn a degree in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering?

The program provides strong collaborative links with other universities and industries in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and research organizations throughout the country and the world.

The department addresses the educational and technological challenges of creating, applying and characterizing new materials for manufacturing products in the 21st century.

As part of your graduate studies, you will learn all aspects of modern materials and their characterization, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and electronic and optical materials.

Marketable Skills
  • Identify knowledge gaps in materials science and engineering
  • Expertise with advanced materials characterization techniques
  • Material data analysis using computational tools
  • Material design and property predictions
  • Scientific report writing and communication

Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Highlights

With small class sizes, you'll work closely with nationally recognized faculty members on research projects to solve complex problems, many of which lead to exciting internship opportunities.
The high quality of our state-of-the-art lab and research facilities are recognized nationwide.
You also can take advantage of the invaluable contacts we have with leading companies and corporate partners.
The department has 21 faculty members and 85 graduate students, plus well-equipped laboratories with outstanding technical support.
Our research efforts span size scales from the microscopic to aircraft wings and from atomically precise manufacturing to assembly of hip implants.

The College of Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering work on innovative, futuristic ideas from the development of stealth, unmanned vehicles to compostable plastic packaging and new energy-efficient lighting materials.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering?

You'll have many opportunities to develop highly marketable skills in areas such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical Microelectronics
  • Characterization
  • Chemical Energy
  • Environmental
  • Modeling and simulations
  • Nanotechnology
  • Power

Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 hrs)
Stress, strain and the basics of concepts in deformation and fracture for metals, polymers and ceramics. Analysis of important mechanical properties such as plastic flow, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness, and rupture. Application of these principles to the design of improved materials and engineering structures.
Biomaterials Compatibility (3 hrs)
Relevance of mechanical and physical properties to implant selection and design; effect of the body environment on metallic, ceramic and plastic materials; tissue engineering; rejection mechanisms used by the body to maintain homeostasis regulatory requirements.
Computational Methods in Biomedical Engineering (3 hrs)
Introduction to practical computational methods for data analysis and simulation of biomedical systems and instrumentation. Topics covered include compartmental modeling, numerical analysis, FEA, and other techniques, as applied to examples from biomechanics, electrophysiology and other areas of biomedical engineering.
Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (2 hrs)
Laboratory-based course designed to develop hands-on experimental skills relevant to the design and application of biomedical instrumentation. Students are presented with open-ended, real-world, design process starting with the project definition, specification development, management, team interactions and communication, failure and safety criteria, progress reporting, marketing concepts, documentation and technical presentation of the final project outcome.
Clinical Instrumentation (3 hrs)
Design and application of medical instruments. Responsibilities, functions, and duties of the hospital-based biomedical engineer, including program organization, management, medical equipment acquisition and use, preventive maintenance and repair, and hospital safety.
Thermodynamics of Materials (3 hrs)
The zeroth law of thermodynamics, work, energy and the first law of thermodynamics; the second law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, the third law of thermodynamics, thermodynamic identities and their uses, phase equilibria in one-component systems, behavior and reactions of gases. Solutions, binary and multicomponent systems: phase equilibria, materials separation and purification. Electrochemistry. Thermodynamics of modern materials including liquid crystals.

Learn More About UNT

Watch this video to learn more about what makes UNT great!