Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine: Clinical & Industrial Delivery

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

The pharmaceutical and life sciences industries are investing in stem cells, either in direct applications where the stem cells themselves would be used for therapy or indirectly, where stem cell derived tissues will be used for drug screening and toxicity testing.

This programme is intended to meet current and future needs of the pharmaceutical industry and health care providers by providing a cadre of well-trained scientists capable of fulfilling managerial, administrative, research and technical roles within the developing commercial regenerative medicine sector.

Our programme covers key theoretical and practical aspects of the growth and maintenance of pluripotent stem cell lines, the directed differentiation of these cells into defined tissue phenotypes, and the maintenance of the differentiated state under conditions suitable for drug testing/screening programs.

Essential elements of good practice will also be included, such as quality assurance and the regulatory framework that surrounds the derivation, storage and use of human cells.

Our teaching is multidisciplinary, with contributions from the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and bioinformatics.

The programme contains both taught and independent project components.

Compulsory courses

  • Fundamental Biology of Stem Cells
  • Basic Techniques in Regenerative Medicine
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Production of Differentiated Cells
  • Regenerative Medicine and the Clinic or Regenerative Medicine and Industry

Industrial placement

There will be an industrial placement of three months, situated within a life sciences company specialising in aspects of regenerative medicine. Financial assistance may be available to cover travel expenses to the location of the industrial placement.

Graduates will be equipped for a variety of roles within the developing commercial regenerative medicine sector.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant biological discipline, or a medical/veterinary degree.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

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  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • SCRM Building, University of Edinburgh
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU
Programme start date Application deadline
11 September 2017 4 August 2017

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Due to the large number of applications we receive for this programme we hold applications as they are submitted and review them at three points in the year:

  • 1 January 2015
  • 1 April 2015
  • 3 August 2015

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • SCRM Building, University of Edinburgh
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU