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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0038 Biomechanics and Biostructures

MECH0038 Biomechanics and Biostructures

FHEQ Level:
7 (MSc)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0039

Taught By

Dr Jie Huang (Module Coordinator):
Jie Huang

MECHGB03 Biomechanics & Biostructures

This module is intended to provide an introduction to the principles of biomechanics and the structures of biological tissues. It covers the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, the hierarchical levels of the structures of biological tissues, the mechanical behaviour of the human body. It also discusses the structure and functional relationship in tissues, and the applications of stress and strain analysis applied to biological tissues.

Lecture topics include:

  • Structural Organisation of the Human Body
  • Fundamental Mechanics
  • Biomechanics of Bone
  • Articular Cartilage
  • Skeletal Muscle
  • Spine, Friction/Lubrication/Wear at the Joints
  • Biomechanics of Joint Replacement
  • Basic Cell Biology
  • Histology

Methods of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes


This module is assessed entirely through an unseen written examination.

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