Postgraduate study

Regenerative Medicine: Clinical & Industrial Delivery

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Regenerative Medicine harnesses the intrinsic developmental programs by which the tissues and organs of the body are laid down, as well as the natural repair and regenerative capacity of the body, to provide solutions to the problems of degenerative diseases.

These solutions may concern direct tissue replacement, indirect mechanisms to ameliorate disease or enhance intrinsic tissue repair, or the development of pharmaceutical therapies. As such, it is of increasing interest to Life Sciences industries that seek to provide products and processes to the healthcare sector, and to healthcare providers such as the NHS.

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. The course has a strong element fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

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 Regenerative Medicine and Industry

Industrial placement

The laboratory placement is a key component of the course where students gain real world experience of regenerative medicine. The placements may be in an industrial or academic environment depending on the aspirations and career interests of the student. In some cases the placements may not involve hands-on laboratory research but may include aspects of the regulation of regenerative therapies or development of new businesses.

Financial assistance may be available to cover travel expenses to the location of the industrial placement.

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
MScRegenerative Medicine: Clinical and Industrial Delivery1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2017/18

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:

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

  • MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • SCRM Building, University of Edinburgh
  • 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. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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