Biomaterials - EENG6141

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Gianluca Marcelli checkmark-circle


Biomaterials are those materials intended to interface with biological systems to assess, treat, support or replace any tissue, organ or function of the body. The aim of this module is to provide the students with the understanding of biomaterials with special reference to their interaction with the biological environment. To achieve this, the module introduces firstly mechanics of materials, by explaining the concepts such as stress, strain, bending and shear. Subsequently the module provides examples of biomaterials and how they are used in the human body.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 38
Private study hours: 112
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Examination 75%
Coursework 25%

Indicative reading

• Mechanics of Materials - Beer, Johnston, Dewolf. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 7th edition, 2015
• Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine - Ratner et al. Academic Press, 3rd edition, 2012

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the principles of mechanics of materials
2. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of biomaterials in the human body
3. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the implications of using non-biological materials in the human body
4. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of biomedical materials for specific applications
5. demonstrate knowledge and systematic understanding of the processing of implants
6. demonstrate knowledge and systematic understanding of the requirement for implant testing and evaluation


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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