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 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 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
  • 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.

An optional pathway of study is the clinical development of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), which is offered to students who are interested in exploring a broader range of specialities and applications available in the regenerative medicine field beyond the bench.

Through this pathway you will gain an understanding of the applied science, manufacturing, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Quality Assurance, and ethics & regulatory frameworks and practices in ATMP delivery that are crucial for the advancement of these therapies to the clinic. You will then consolidate and apply your knowledge with a research project focused on real-life manufacturing scenarios.

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 (IRR). 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 16th in the 2022 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 of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
  • Laboratories of other centres at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR)
  • Laboratories, GMP facilities or research offices of collaborating centres or organisations

The research projects are core components of the programme.

You will:

  • Choose your projects from a list submitted by group leaders and professional experts, based around their current research and projects. Each research project bears 80 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.
  • Disseminate your findings at group 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 and bioinformatics tools relevant to tissue regeneration and repair.

The projects will also provide you with:

  • good research practice
  • scientific writing
  • analytical skills

Pathways of study

You can choose one of two pathways of study:

  • Discovery Science pathway
  • Clinical Development pathway

During both pathways you will receive training from experts working across the life cycle of cell and gene therapy development and production, ranging from discovery science and phase I/II clinical trials to manufacturing of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs).

If you choose the Discovery Science pathway, you will undertake both research projects in an academic research lab. If you choose the Clinical Development pathway, your second project will focus on real-life development and manufacturing scenarios for ATMPs to enhance your practical understanding of the cell and gene therapy production pipeline. Project examples for this pathway include working on the product journey from proof of concept to the GMP suite; product scalability; quality control of ATMPs; ethics; and ATMP manufacturing.

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 project proposal (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 offers training that builds on world-class clinical research, translation and development performed at Edinburgh Medical School, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult Edinburgh, and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), international leaders in the fields of cell transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking.

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

  • stem cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • regenerative medicine
  • inflammation research
  • tissue repair
  • translational research
  • clinical delivery of cell/gene therapies

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

The institute 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 - Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Throughout the programme you can 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 future, 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 dry-lab projects on our programme 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 *comparative review of international regulatory and ethical governance of cell and gene therapies
  • preparation of a project plan for the development, manufacturing and quality control for a novel cell therapy

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 2021/22

Research labs and facilities

Throughout your studies you will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR) and the training and support provided by dedicated Facility Managers (including Imaging, Histology, Tissue Culture, Flow Cytometry and High-content Screening).

You will undertake two research projects in different laboratories at IRR or collaborative centres and organisations. During your research projects you will become a fully integrated member of your supervisor’s research group and participate in, and contribute to lab meetings and other activities.

Research projects

The research projects will provide you with training and practical experience of a wide range of current research tools and techniques in cellular and molecular biology, genetics and bioinformatics relevant for 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 disseminate your findings through various presentation opportunities, including at lab meetings and a poster day.

Postgraduate and researcher community

You will be embedded in the postgraduate student community at the Institute and welcomed onto the programme during our student welcome events at the start of the academic year. You will also take part in Welcome Week activities organised by the College and the wider university.

From the start of the programme there will be strong connections with PhD students at IRR as well as with peers on several other MSc by Research programmes at Edinburgh Medical School.

IRR and other centres on the campus boast active seminar series which provide excellent opportunities to attend talks on a wide range of topics to further your academic knowledge and reflect about personal research interests and your career direction.

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.

These entry requirements are for the 2022/23 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2023/24 academic year will be published on 3 October 2022.

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 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: 62 overall with at least 59 in each component.

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, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

(*Revised 17 November 2021 to add accepted PTE Academic qualifications.)

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
12 September 2022 29 July 2022

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