In recent years, the role of biomaterials has been influenced considerably by advances in many areas of biology, engineering and chemistry as well as advances in surgical techniques and instruments.

Trimester 3 | Credits: 5

This module offers a comprehensive review of all the major biomaterials. It provides a general introduction to the different classes of materials that are used in biomedical applications. It identifies ideal biomaterials for different applications, and characterises biomaterials in terms of their structural, physical and biological attributes.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify biomaterials for use in a range of biomedical applications
  2. Explain the rationale for the use of specific biomaterials in a range of clinical applications
  3. Describe experimental work to evaluate the properties of a biomaterial for a specific application, and interpret data
  4. Describe methods of bulk, surface, ex vivo, in vitro and in vivo methods of characterisation of biomaterials
  5. Identify the regulatory requirements for characterisation of biomaterials and discuss important ethical concerns in different areas of biomaterials

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (60%)
  • Department-based Assessment (40%)
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The above information outlines module BS1158: "Biocompatibility & Device Design" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

What will be covered in the module:

  • A general overview of the biomaterials and tissue engineering fields and briefly describe regeneration strategies currently available (natural and synthetic materials, tissue grafts and cells).
  • An introduction principles of device design and describe methods currently available to process materials and fabricate devices for biomedical applications.
  • An introduction to methods for device characterisation in an in vitro and in vivo set up.
  • A description of problems associated with device implantation.
  • A description of the possible future of biomaterials and tissue engineering fields.
  • A description of ethical considerations and regulatory issues related to biomaterials, cells, animal studies and clinical trials in humans.

This module will draw on basic biology and materials science. It beneficial although not mandatory that students 

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Please select Undergrad CPD in Science & Technology - CPB1 when making your online application. 


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