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ES97G Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

  • Module code: ES97G
  • Module name: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will provide the students with a sound understanding of biomaterials and their use in biomedical applications. A range of topics will be explored, including biocompatibility and the foreign body response, interfacial properties of biomaterials, and factors affecting cellular response and protein adsorption. Polymers and ceramics used in medicine are reviewed with examples including the total hip joint replacement (TFJR), heart valves, catheters and vascular grafts and hydrogels used in ophthalmology. Contemporary topics in biomaterials will be covered, such as nanobiomaterials, nanomedicine, drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will:  Understand the complex processes involved in biocompatibility and protein adsorption, and the importance of surfaces in advanced biomaterials applications.  Understand the different classes of modern biomaterials used in the body and be able to critically evaluate materials appropriately for a given application.  Understand nanomedicine and advanced drug delivery, and the action and use of cutting-edge smart biomaterials.  Understand and be able to apply modern techniques used to modify, characterise and systematically evaluate biomaterial surfaces.  Understand state-of-the-art techniques used in tissue engineering, including methods of scaffold manufacture. Be able to critically assess tissue engineering methods for a given scenario.  Understand the basic principles of stem cell biology, including its applications, and the importance of TERM.

Timetabled teaching activities

20 lectures, 2*3hr seminars, 2*2hr examples classes (total 30 hrs)

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Other essential notes

Written examination 75 %; Assessed essays/coursework 25%

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES97G-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 25%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 75%
D2 (Assessed/examined work) Coursework 30%
  Written Examination 70%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Biomedical Engineering (H800) - Year 1