Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

The aim of this programme is to train the next generation of experts in tissue regeneration and repair. It will deliver bespoke, well-rounded, cross-disciplinary training that will develop skilled researchers uniquely equipped to capitalise on regenerative medicine’s potential to advance human health.

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 and 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.

More than 25 senior researchers based at the world-renowned MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) are involved in the programme.

The main element of this programme is carrying out two research projects, which aim to broaden your existing knowledge of tissue regeneration and repair.

Students will attend lectures and seminars by experts from a variety of research backgrounds pertinent to developmental biology, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, inflammation research and tissue repair. You will also participate in journal discussion groups, and can attend a range of transferable skills courses.

Throughout your time on the programme you will have access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art research facilities at CRM.

The programme is a one-year, full-time, on-campus MSc by Research programme, which comprises two 20-week research projects and a 5-week research project proposal writing component. In addition, throughout the programme you will attend seminars, tutorials, journal clubs, discussion groups, courses and the MRC Centre of Regenerative Medicine (CRM) Science Retreat.

Research projects

You will undertake two research projects in different laboratories at the CRM, or elsewhere within the Deanery of Clinical Sciences.

The first research project runs from October to early March, and the second runs from end of April to the end of August. Research projects will be chosen from a pool.

The research projects are designed to provide you with practical experience of a wide range of current research techniques in cellular and molecular biology and genetics relevant to stem cell biology, developmental biology, inflammation research, regenerative medicine and tissue repair. The research projects will teach you good research practice, and enable you to gain analytical skills, critical appraisal and scientific writing skills.

During your research projects you will be disseminating your findings through various presentation opportunities, including at lab meetings and a poster day.

After carrying out each of your research projects you will write up the results as a dissertation (max 10,000 words), to be submitted for formal assessment towards your MSc by Research degree. Each research project bears 80 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.

Research project proposal

Before starting your second research project, you will work in consultation with your supervisor to design it in more detail. This will be written up as a research project proposal with detailed project plan (max 3500 words). The proposal will be written as a grant application, to be submitted in April for assessment towards your MSc by Research degree. The research project proposal bears 20 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.

The research project proposal writing course provides you with practical experience of research project design and planning. The course allows you to develop your academic writing skills. By applying the format of a grant proposal, you will learn to write within the constraints that this format poses on a researcher. Importantly, the project proposal writing course permits you to take ownership of your research project from the start.

Seminars, courses and student-led learning

A series of lectures and tutorials covering topics relevant to regenerative medicine and tissue repair will complement the programme, providing breadth and depth to your research projects and training. CRM runs weekly seminars by local and invited speakers, which will expose you to a wide range of research topics related to regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, developmental biology 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).

You will attend journal clubs and participate in student-led discussion groups hosted by CRM group leaders, where you will learn critical thinking skills and manuscript reviewing skills.

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).

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
MScRRegenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

Graduates from our programme 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.

Graduates of our programme will be able to:

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

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

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: 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

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, PTE Academic 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
MScRRegenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair1 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, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 31 July 2020

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

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • 5 Little France Drive
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4UU