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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TEXT5310M Healthcare Materials and Products

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Giuseppe Tronci

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

TEXT5133M Textiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The design and manufacture of healthcare materials and products is changing rapidly, stimulated by recent advances in digital technologies and vision of patient-personalised healthcare. This module introduces the field of healthcare materials and products focussing on contemporary polymer and fibrous materials and how they are used clinically and customised according to the specific healthcare application. With lectures supported by team work sessions, the module will provide students with the opportunity to further develop their critical and analytical abilities and communication skills.


Since students from different backgrounds could attend, the module will provide foundations in polymers, fibres, and biomedical engineering to better understand how specific material properties and design strategies can be applied to healthcare and to bring the students to a common level of understanding. The module content will ensure all students are sufficiently versed in polymer science and organic chemistry necessary for an advanced understanding of the range of healthcare materials, applications and product translation pathways encountered. This module then aims to provide the students with current knowledge of the field of contemporary healthcare products and materials manufacture such that upon completion the students would be able to carry out further research into the subject.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Appraise a range of polymers, fibres and textile strategies used in the development of Healthcare Materials and Products.

2. Critique polymers, fibres and textiles for use in healthcare research and industry.

3. Develop a methodological understanding of medical textiles and manufacturing techniques required to develop medical devices and healthcare products.

4. Investigate the regulatory and commercial frameworks in place for the translation of healthcare materials and products to the market.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

5. Communicate advanced ideas and arguments clearly.

6. Investigate ethical implications and end user risks associated with healthcare material development.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In the seminar, students can obtain formative feedback ahead of the essay submission. In the following practical /tutorial, model exam questions and approaches to answer them will be discussed to prepare students for the examination.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Students can use the time in the seminar to obtain formative feedback ahead of their essay submission through presentation of their essay topic. Peer feedback will be given orally after the presentation with opportunities for group discussion.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) 1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/05/2024 12:31:29


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