CET891 Biomaterials

Course Provider

School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)



Academic Unit



Biomaterials is a topic that cuts across many disciplines and gains more importance, especially in the era of pandemic. The growth of healthcare industries in recent years will bring about higher demand for talents and professionals with related skills in biomedical field, including biomaterials. Therefore, it is timely to offer this course to learners of any age who wish to pick up new knowledge and explore the exciting world of biomaterials.

 This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of biomaterials and their use in healthcare. In particular, students will learn about how host responds to biomaterials when they are implanted in the body and the possible complications that may arise. Various in vitro and in vivo compatibility tests will be introduced too. Finally, students will delve into some key applications of metallic and ceramic biomaterials as hard tissue replacements / supports. 

This course is part of:

- Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering
- FlexiMasters in Materials Science and Engineering

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 15 Jan 2024 to 19 Apr 2024

    Venue: NTU Virtual Learning Environment

    Registration Closing Date: 11 Dec 2023

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define key terms and concepts in biomaterials science
  2. Illustrate ethical issues relevant to the development and use of medical devices
  3. Summarize guidelines to minimize risk of harm and protect the rights of animal and human test subjects
  4. Describe the main processes that give rise to the host response to implants and biomaterials
  5. Explain possible complications arising from an undesired host response
  6. Apply ISO 10993 test matrix to evaluate the biocompatibility of a biomaterial
  7. Explain the basic structure and properties of metallic and ceramic materials
  8. Describe properties of specific metallic and ceramic biomaterials and their application areas in the body
  9. Describe the main ways metallic and ceramic materials degrade in the body, considering both intentional and unintentional degradation

  • Introduction (key concepts, evolution of biomaterials and ethical issues)
  • Tissue – Material Interactions (Tissue-biomaterial interface, wound healing with and without implants, immune response, biomaterial complications, determination of biocompatibility and regulatory aspects)
  • Metals and Ceramics in Medicine (structure and properties, application and degradation of metallic and ceramic biomaterials)


Suitable for professionals working in Engineering, Quality Control, Failure Analysis, Manufacturing and R&D.

Brief screening/shortlist of applicants involved in this course.

Standard Course Fee: S$2,842.56

SSG Funding Support


Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


Fee BEFORE funding & GST

Fee AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

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    CET774 Organic Structural Materials1
    CET775 Organic Electronic Materials1
    CET776 Organic Optical Materials1
    CET779 Tissue – Material Interactions1
    CET780 Materials in Medicine1
    CET781 Tissue Engineering & Drug Delivery1
    CET782 Processes for Particulate Materials and Bulk Materials1
    CET783 Vacuum Processes1
    CET784 Solution Processes1
    CET847 Inorganic Materials 3
    CET848 Processing of Organic Materials3

    Listed courses are:

    • Credit-bearing and stackable to Graduate Certificate in Materials Science and Engineering (total 9AUs) and FlexiMasters in Materials Science and Engineering (total 15AUs).
    • SSG funded and SkillsFuture Credit approved.