Biomaterials module (ME51008)

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Level: SHE level 5 (MSc)


To provide the student with:

  • Knowledge of biomaterials in particular of applications in tissue engineering and biocompatibility.
  • Knowledge of interaction between biological systems and prosthetic materials during tissue regeneration.
  • An understanding of the physiological effects of exercise;
  • Experience in computer modelling of biomechanical properties of tissue;
  • A basic understanding of natural biomaterials
  • An introduction to bioreactors;
  • Knowledge of the basic properties of implant materials and the way in which these influence their biocompatibility
  • To develop competence in scientific writing and reporting

Intended learning outcomes

  • knowledge of the mechanical properties of body fluids and living tissue including: bone, skin, tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage;
  • familiarity with material properties of solids and fluids
  • selection criteria for suitable materials;
  • able to apply knowledge to specific implant design problems
  • knowledge of modern biomaterials in medicine and surgery;
  • Knowledge of medical application of smart materials and structures.
  • competence in writing to accepted academic standards

Indicative content

  • elastic, viscoelastic and fatigue material properties:;
  • material properties specific to biological (bone, soft tissues) and non-biological (metals, plastics, ceramics);
  • Gradients and junctions of connective tissue;
  • Biomaterials (properties and applications), and biocompatibility (tissue response to the biomaterials, biomechanical compatibility, assessment of biocompatibility and Imaging compatibility).
  • Biocompatibility of implant materials and tissue engineering constructs

Assessment: Coursework 30% Exam 70%
No. & duration of exam(s): 1 written examination of 2 hours duration.

Teaching & learning:70 hours comprising of lectures, tutorials and seminars, case studies, practical laboratory work, demonstrations, etc.; 30 hours of coursework assignments; and 100 hours of self-study (total module hours: 200)

When taught: Semester 1

Modes of delivery & student participation

Modes of delivery: Classes/tutorials (face to face teaching). Students are expected and encouraged to participate actively in classes via discussions, teamwork and feedback.

Pre-requisites of entry requirements

The normal entry requirement will be an honours degree or equivalent in a discipline that provides a suitable basis for the programme, e.g. biomedical, electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering.

Co-requisites: None

Anti-requisites: None


This module is available on following courses: