Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair MScR

Awards: MScR

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

COVID-19

We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of COVID-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2020.

We anticipate that this degree will be available again for entry in September 2021, but we are not currently in the position to confirm that. Applications for the next intake usually open in October.

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Our MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair is a one-year, full-time, on-campus masters programme structured around two laboratory-based research projects and a research project proposal writing component. The masters 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 medicine’s potential to advance human health*.

*(Revised 13 January 2020 to include additional information on cross-disciplinary training.)

The aim of the programme is to train the next generation of experts in regenerative medicine and tissue and 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 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.

The programme is based at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), a purpose-built research centre with a track record of training over 185 postgraduate students. Edinburgh Medical School performs world-class biomedical research, and CRM is a global leader in regenerative medicine and clinical translation.

The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading research university, currently placed 20th in the 2020 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.

Two research projects are core components

You will undertake two 20-week research projects in laboratories at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) or collaborating centres. You will choose your projects from a list submitted by group leaders, based around their current research. You will disseminate your findings at lab meetings, a poster day and a retreat, and will write up your project results as a dissertation (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*.

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 teach you good research practice, scientific writing and 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.

Seminars, courses and student-led learning

The programme features a series of seminars by experts from various research backgrounds related to stem cell biology, developmental biology, regenerative medicine, inflammation research and tissue repair.

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

CRM 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).

*(Revised 24 December to add more comprehensive programme information.)

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

For 2020 entry we 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.
  • 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 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

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.

*(Revised 21 February 2020 to remove PTE Academic from 2021 entry requirements. Revised 21 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition in 2020 and 2021 entry requirements.)

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:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

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

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.

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