Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


In depth understanding of the of polymer materials used in medical technology:

  • Structure-property relationships.
  • Demands for applying materials into medical technologies:
    • Regulatory aspects
    • Biological aspects
    • Tissue-material interactions

Understanding of the current state-of-art on selected topics.

Understanding the basic principles of writing a literature review.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 18.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jukka Seppälä

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka Seppälä, Bas van Bochove

Contact information for the course (valid 18.12.2020-21.12.2112):

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CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The Polymers in medical technology course will teach students everything they need to know about the demands on, and applications of, medical biopolymers.

    Students will learn the basic principles of the structure-property relationships, regulatory demands and biological aspects required for the use of polymers in medical technologies. In addition, the course will teach how these requirements influence applying the polymers in a wide range of applications including drug delivery systems, tissue engineering scaffolds and other biomedical devices.

    There will be 4 main introduction subjects:

    • Systematic introduction into polymer biomaterials
    • Basics in polymer drug delivery systems
    • Basics in polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering
    • Polymers used in biomedical devices

    Following the introductory lectures, visiting researchers will present current state-of-art research topics within the field. Subject for these topics may, among others, include lectures on:

    • Controlled and sustained drug delivery systems
    • Smart polymers
    • Scaffolds for tissue engineering.

    The course will include the writing of a paper. For this purpose we will make a list with current topics of interest in the field of polymers in medical technology. The students can then chose a topic from this list.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination, written scientific review.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, paper writing, self study.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Essential Biomaterials Science by David Williams. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0-521-89908-6.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Chemistry, biotechnology or polymer background recommended. Course Polymer Properties (CHEM-E2130) from period II recommended.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Schedule can be found on MyCourses.