Postgraduate taught 

Medical Devices Engineering MSc

Scaffolds and Tissues M ENG5282

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course focuses on the application of different technologies to design, produce and analyse scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as well as the interaction with cells in vitro and tissues in vivo.


2x 1h lectures per week

2x 2h group presentations per week

Excluded Courses





Written exam: 60%

Written essay: 25%

Oral presentation: 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and engineer scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine;

■ provide students with the knowledge of methods of producing tissue engineering scaffolds;

■ provide students with the skills to assess the interaction of scaffolds with cells and tissues.

■ describe materials used in scaffolds engineering and consideration around sustainability.

■ Discuss and reflect on ethical considerations for applications in tissue engineering.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the structure of a tissue and its components

■ describe the role of scaffolds in the regeneration of tissues;

■ evaluate the mechanical, biochemical and biological properties of tissue scaffolds;

■ apply the principles of scaffold design for different tissues and different diseases;

■ understand and apply statistical considerations for tissue engineering applications;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.