PHA-30037 - Nanomedicine
Coordinator: Neil Telling Tel: +44 1782 674968
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Nanomedicine is an important branch of medicine that applies the principles underpinning nanotechnology to the prevention and treatment of disease. It involves the use of biocompatible nanoscale materials for diagnosis, delivery, sensing or actuation purposes in a living organism. The use of materials on the nanoscale is important to allow devices access to the human body with a greatly reduced degree of invasiveness. Such materials are well suited as the basis of diagnostic markers, drugs, and novel forms of therapeutic functionality. The aim of nanomedical approaches is not only to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic efficacy of medical treatments, but also to simultaneously limit the negative side-effects of drugs and surgical procedures.
The module will use of combination of lectures, laboratory based classes and team based activities such as journal clubs, to support your understanding of the key topics, and develop your skills and expertise in this area.

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles behind the design, development and biological evaluation of nanomedicine.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Comprehend why the nanoscale is important for biomedical applications: 2
Evaluate and apply the concepts of targeted drug delivery: 2
Describe the basic principles of polymer chemistry and biomaterials relevant to nanomedicine: 2
Describe and contrast the methods and techniques involved in fabricating and analyzing nanomaterials: 2
Analyse and evaluate new methods using novel organic and inorganic nanomaterials: 2
Demonstrate laboratory skills of relevance to nanomedicine and prepare experimental report writing: 1
Demonstrate critical and analytical skills for reviewing literature on nanomedicine: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures - 30 hours
Laboratory based work -24 hours
Directed and private study - 96 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Assessment weighted 40%
Laboratory based work
Will include assessment of a structured experiment: 30% of total from practical assessment with 70% assessment of lab report (1 written report of ~2000 words)

2: Exam weighted 60%
A two hour exam: 3 short answer essay style questions.
Answer 3 out of 4 short essay style questions, spanning material across the entire module.