Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

This has been a phenomenally organised programme, and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

I've also been pleasantly surprised all year by how much support I've been offered by the Programme Team, and I'm incredibly grateful for all of it.

It speaks volumes to the quality of this programme that so many of us who wanted to, were able to find PhD positions.

Ingrid Tsang MScR Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair, 2019/2020
Ingrid Tsang               MScR Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair, 2019/2020

Our MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair is a one-year, full-time, on-campus masters programme.

The programme is structured around:

  • two laboratory-based research projects; and
  • a research project proposal writing component

Who is this programme for?

This masters programme prepares you for a career in academia or industry, whether you have recently completed an undergraduate degree or are a professional wanting to pursue a career in research.

The programme delivers cross-disciplinary training in a vibrant research environment to train skilled researchers uniquely equipped to capitalise on regenerative medicines potential to advance human health.

The aim of the programme is to train the next generation of experts in regenerative medicine and tissue repair. Successful advancement of tissue regeneration and repair relies on combining fundamental and translational research expertise in areas of:

  • regenerative medicine
  • developmental biology
  • stem cell biology
  • inflammation research

Such a cross-disciplinary approach will underpin the development of novel cell and drug-based therapies to stimulate repair of tissues damaged due to congenital conditions, trauma or disease.

Centre for Regenerative Medicine

The programme is based at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), a purpose-built research centre with a track record of training over 200 postgraduate students.

The Centre is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Regeneration and Repair. Our scientists and clinicians study stem cells, disease and tissue repair to advance human health.

By better understanding how stem cells are controlled and how diseases develop in a lab environment, we hope to find new ways to treat patients.

Research excellence

The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading research university, currently placed 20th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings.

Edinburgh is a vibrant, historic capital city - regularly voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world, with world-famous cultural festivals and the mountains and beaches of Scotland on your doorstep.

Research projects

You will undertake two 20-week research projects in laboratories at the:

  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
  • Institute for Regeneration and Repair, or
  • collaborating centres

These research projects are core components of this programme.

You will:

  • Choose your projects from a list submitted by group leaders, based around their current research. Each research project bears 80 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.

  • Disseminate your findings at lab meetings, a poster day and a retreat.

  • Write up your project results as a dissertation (10,000 words), to be submitted for formal assessment towards your MSc by Research degree.

The projects provide you with practical experience of a range of research techniques in cellular and molecular biology and genetics relevant to tissue regeneration and repair.

The projects will also provide you with:

  • good research practice
  • scientific writing
  • analytical skills

Developing project planning skills

Before starting your second research project, you will work in consultation with your supervisor to design the project in more detail.

You will write this up as a grant application (max 3500 words) with detailed research plan, to be submitted in April for assessment towards your MSc by Research degree (20 credits).

This research proposal writing course will teach you project design and planning, and allows you to develop your academic writing skills further. Importantly, it allows you to take ownership of your second research project from the start.

How will I learn?

The programme features a series of seminars by experts from various research backgrounds related to:

  • stem cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • regenerative medicine
  • inflammation research
  • tissue repair

You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion groups and journal clubs where you will learn manuscript reviewing skills.

The Centre runs weekly seminars by local and invited speakers, which will expose you to a wide range of research topics related to regenerative medicine and tissue repair.

In addition, you will be able to attend a range of seminar series across the University, including at the various biomedical research centres at the campus where you will be based - the Little France campus, Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to attend a range of transferable skills courses, ranging from statistics to communication skills and professional development, including those offered by the University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD).

Potential Covid-19 impact

We put the health and safety of our students and staff first.

In the event that the Scottish Government introduce new Covid-19 mitigating measures in 2021 or 2022, we may need to make changes to how we deliver teaching and learning experiences to ensure that we maintain quality.

We will also implement any necessary physical distancing measures, or other measures required, to keep our community safe.

Potential Covid-19 related changes to the programme include replacing wet-lab research with dry-lab projects. Examples of such dry-lab projects are:

  • development of mathematical, computational or conceptual models based on current understanding of an area of biomedical research
  • using bioinformatics and modelling software to interrogate a research question or analyse big data, for example single cell RNAseq data
  • analysis of raw data collected by the host laboratory and/or available on public databases or in the literature, guided by a clear research question
  • quantitative and statistical analysis of data collated from a range of published literature, such as a meta-analysis or systematic review
  • qualitative review of a research area that is considered controversial, or which covers a novel perspective, to a standard considered for publication in specialised journals

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScR1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2020/21

Take a virtual tour of our facilities at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine:

As a graduate of our programme, you will be well-placed to successfully pursue a PhD in biomedicine or take on challenging professional roles in academia or health care industries.

You will gain valuable transferable skills that will be beneficial in a wide range of professions.

We aim to equip our graduates with:

  • a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of regenerative medicine, developmental biology, stem cell biology, inflammation research and tissue repair
  • an advanced knowledge of the concepts underpinning regeneration and repair of various tissues and organs
  • fundamental knowledge of designing and conducting biomedical research projects
  • the ability to communicate complex concepts and to present research projects and data
  • the ability to formulate a valid research hypothesis and research aim, building on their knowledge and independent learning
  • the ability to interrogate a research hypothesis by successfully planning and applying a variety of appropriate biomedical experimental, bioinformatics or modelling approaches

Watch our MSc by Research Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair student testimonial video.

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

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScR1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your residency status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • Institute for Regeneration and Repair
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 30 July 2021

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit two references with your application.

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

Further information

  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • Institute for Regeneration and Repair
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU