Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering


MPHY0023: Materials and Engineering for Orthopaedic Devices

Module Leader: Dr Sergio Bertazzo

15 credits

Term 2

The purpose of this module is to describe the issues presented by medical devices from biological, medical, engineering and materials perspectives, as well as discuss available solutions and current research, with emphasis on orthopaedic devices.

Available to students from MEng Biomedical Engineering and MSc Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Biomedical and Medical Imaging.

Aims & Objectives

  • To understand the characteristics of different materials used in medical devices.
  • To understand the differences between tissues, cells and synthetic materials.
  • To be able to describe the differences between chemical and biological behaviours of different materials used in medical devices.
  • To be able to describe the properties of bone and biomaterials.
  • To be familiar with the medical devices used in treatments of various diseases.
  • To be able to explain in detail biocompatibility and tissue engineering.
  • To understand in detail the issues associated with orthopaedic implants and the research on this topic.
  • To be familiar with prosthetic devices.
  • To be familiar with medical device regulations associated with orthopaedic medical devices.


• Three Hour Unseen Written Examination (80%)

• 2000 word coursework assignment (20%)