MSc Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months FT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in: 

  • biological sciences
  • medical sciences
  • biomedical materials
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • pharmacology

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from The University of Manchester and other UK universities. For intercalating MBChB students, we require satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 4. You can fail, but you must pass the resit and progress through the course. There should be no failure in the year before intercalation.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

20-30 places

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes Y N N N

Course overview

  • Learn how to research strategies to repair, replace and ultimately regenerate various tissues and organs to solve major clinical problems.
  • Gain a comprehensive insight into topical issues such as stem cells, design and characterisation of biomaterials and nanomaterials (including graphene), biofabrication (including 3D bioprinting), cell and gene therapies, commercialisation and clinical translation of regenerative therapies.
  • Prepare for PhD study, specialist clinical training or a career in related industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology and regenerative medicine sectors.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for Medicine (QS Rankings 2020).

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Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4693
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in: 

  • biological sciences
  • medical sciences
  • biomedical materials
  • dentistry
  • veterinary medicine
  • pharmacology

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from The University of Manchester and other UK universities. For intercalating MBChB students, we require satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 4. You can fail, but you must pass the resit and progress through the course. There should be no failure in the year before intercalation.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall (6.0 or above in each component)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 or above in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall (with 5.5 in each) plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application: 

  • Transcript of your studies to date.
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An academic reference. You will be required to provide the name and contact details of two referees during completion of the application form. Your referees will be contacted directly and asked to provide a letter of reference. When providing referee details, you must ensure the email addresses are accurate and official, typically ending with an institutional domain. We do not accept references provided from a personal email address, eg Hotmail or Gmail.

If any of the supporting documents is not in English, you must also provide us with an official or certified English translation.

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation, your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

We consider your full academic history including which undergraduate course units you have taken and the marks obtained. When application numbers are high, even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate course units in our final decision making.

Interview requirements

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview, which can be in person or, in the case of international students, online or by telephone. This involves a short presentation followed by questions.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 19th September 2022, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 19th June 2022.

Your CAS number is only valid for one student visa application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine course gives students from biological, engineering and/or medical-related backgrounds the specialist knowledge and research skills to pursue a career in this field.

You will focus on strategies to repair, replace and regenerate various tissues and organs to solve major clinical problems, gaining insights into topical issues including stem cells, design and characterisation of biomaterials and nanomaterials (including graphene), biofabrication (including 3D bioprinting), cell and gene therapies, commercialisation and clinical translation of regenerative therapies. You will learn how to identify major clinical needs and formulate novel therapeutic solutions.

This course has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. You will learn practical skills through both taught modules and a 25-week research project.

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as a discipline shows enormous potential for future health and, economically, there is a national demand for specific interdisciplinary training in this area.

We have a vast research network in this field comprising international experts from multiple disciplines and, as such, this course is a collaborative degree from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Teaching and learning

This course is structured around taught elements and research projects, with an emphasis on the research-based element.

You will gain hands-on research experience through both the laboratory skills unit and research placements in tissue engineering/regenerative medicine-focused laboratories at the University lasting 25 weeks.

The course comprises five compulsory components:

  • research methods course unit - 15 credits;
  • tutorial course unit - 15 credits;
  • masterclass course unit - 15 credits;
  • laboratory skills course unit - 15 credits;
  • research placements: Part 1 - literature review and project proposal (30 credits). Part 2 - a 25-week project including practical work, oral presentation and final dissertation, and an assessment of research performance (90 credits).

You will experience the interdisciplinary nature of the field during the course and gradually increase the depth and complexity of your research through the masterclass unit.

Each project is written up and assessed separately when submitted during the year.

You will be allocated an advisor and a personal logbook is introduced at the start of the programme to monitor progress through the course and assess learning and career objectives.

Research placements

The research placements are the largest component of the course and aim to give you the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a research career in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as develop your practical research expertise in a chosen area and enhance your ability to analyse and interpret data and summarise your findings in the form of written reports and an oral presentation.

The first placement runs alongside the taught units in Semester 1 and involves writing a comprehensive literature review and formulating a research project proposal. The second placement (25 weeks) runs concurrently with the tutorial course unit for the first part, but is full-time thereafter. It involves hands-on research and integration within a research team. The project is assessed by oral presentation at an end of year symposium, research performance and by submission of a dissertation.

You will choose from a list of research projects (see sample research projects ) and supervisors. Close interaction with the project supervisor at the start of the project and regular monitoring allows you to take responsibility for your own research development. The development of an interactive supervisory/student arrangement is often a useful grounding for future PhD collaboration.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed continually during the year through:

  • oral presentations;
  • group participation;
  • multiple choice questionnaires;
  • written reports;
  • a final dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Masterclass Course Unit BIOL64101 15 Mandatory
Tutorial Unit BIOL66102 15 Mandatory
Research Project 1 BIOL66121 30 Mandatory
Research Project 2 BIOL66132 90 Mandatory
Laboratory Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

What our students say

I was initially seeking a PhD within stem cell research, but decided I would benefit from an initial year of master's training to broaden my knowledge. The course appealed because of the focus on biological techniques and technologies critical to tissue regeneration and repair. I felt this would provide me with the ideal platform to embark upon a PhD in regenerative medicine upon graduation.

The most rewarding elements of the course have been the in-depth research placements, which have provided me with the opportunity to master aspects of stem cell differentiation and the clinical application of biomaterials. In fact, my first placement was so successful that I went on to study my PhD within the same laboratory.

I found the interaction between leading academics, industrialists and fellow students most rewarding. With a number of renowned speakers contributing to the course, I built up an impressive network of contacts.

I'd recommend the course to individuals wanting to know more about stem cell biology, the therapeutic potential of biomaterials and how to commercialise research findings.

The course improved my critical writing and presentational skills, as well as equipping me with the ability to critically analyse my research more thoroughly.

Chloe Yeung, graduate.

Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .

Careers

Career opportunities

After the course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the course is also of value to students wishing to progress in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or regenerative medicine sectors, or go into specialist clinical training.

It is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the tissue engineering/regenerative medicine field.

Associated organisations

You will benefit from close interaction with members of the following groups.