Biomaterials and Design of Medical Devices


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained previous in the study programme.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about the structures of the principal biomaterials such as bone, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, connective tissues and biofluids. 
  • Have knowledge about the mechanics and remodeling of living tissue. 
  • Have knowledge about quality assurance and risk assessment procedures of medical devices. 
  • Have knowledge about the liability and responsibility of medical devices manufacturers throughout the product lifecycle. 


  • Be able to create valid models from experimental data and simulate the mechanical behaviors of living tissues using biomechanical simulation methods such as the finite element method. 
  • Be able to create simple models of human body structures such as bones and ligaments. 
  • Be able to classify medical devices according to current regulations. 
  • Be able to apply clinical assessments to document the performance and safety of medical devices according to the specific classification.  


  • Be able to combine insights from solid mechanics with the structure of biomaterials to draw informed conclusions about the behavior of living tissue. 
  • Be able to envision medical devices for specific purposes that can fulfill regulatory requirements. 

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examBiomaterials and Design of Medical Devices
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBiomaterialer og design af medicinsk udstyr
Module codeM-BM-K2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science