Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

We understand that prospective students and offer-holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The University is following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Read our latest coronavirus information

MSc Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
MSc 12m FT, 24m PT, PGDip 9m FT, PGCert 6m FT
Entry requirements

You should be either a qualified medical practitioner, with a qualification equivalent to a UK medical qualification (eg MBBS or MBChb), or a non-clinical scientist or a healthcare, pharmaceutical or biotech professional.

We require a relevant (medical, biomedical science subject, nursing or allied health) honours first degree (upper second or above or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Candidates with undergraduate degrees classified as lower second or equivalent will be considered after interview.

Flexibility on entrance requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
6
How to apply
To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see:  How to apply .

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Develop skills for a career in advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) on this unique master's course only available at The University of Manchester.
  • Understand the scientific basis of ATMP development, their use in clinical treatment of diseases and how to evaluate the potential effectiveness of new treatments.
  • Draw on expertise at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and other experts in the field.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and among the top 35 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Open days

You can find out more about this course and what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on a university open day .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500
    International students (per annum): £24,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,250
    International students (per annum): £12,000

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

Innovate UK Bursary

We have four bursaries of £10,000 available this year, for 2020 entry. To be eligible you must meet all the entry requirements and hold an unconditional offer by Friday 14th August. Successful applicants will be contacted after this date and an interview will be held, where the top four applicants will be selected to receive the bursary. The bursary will be offset against your tuition fees and not paid directly to you.

This bursary is available to both UK/EU and international applicants. To be eligible for the award you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020;
  • hold a First or Upper Second class honours degree; 
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

It is expected there will be some bursaries to cover the course fees. These will be awarded to the best students selected from the interview process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You should be either a qualified medical practitioner, with a qualification equivalent to a UK medical qualification (eg MBBS or MBChb), or a non-clinical scientist or a healthcare, pharmaceutical or biotech professional.

We require a relevant (medical, biomedical science subject, nursing or allied health) honours first degree (upper second or above or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Candidates with undergraduate degrees classified as lower second or equivalent will be considered after interview.

Flexibility on entrance requirements will be applied to candidates with proven appropriate extensive professional experience.

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 : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in all components)

See further information about requirements for your country .

If you wish to be considered for a pre-sessional course , please contact the Admissions Team pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see:  How to apply .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

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.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course, the Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Course details

Course description

Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are new medical products that use gene therapy, cell therapy, and tissue engineering.

This is a fast paced and rapidly evolving area of medicine which is increasingly being used to treat a broad range of malignant and non-malignant diseases.

Our MSc is designed to equip you, the researchers of tomorrow, with the necessary understanding of the challenges of bringing an ATMP through development and to patients.

This will be achieved not only through the multi-disciplinary nature of the course content but through the range of expertise of the staff delivering the content which includes preclinical development scientists, regulatory professionals, clinicians and oncologists.

Please note the MSc Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products is a postgraduate masters course with a broad content aimed at a range of multi-professional health care professionals such as medics, pharmacists, nurses and science graduates. As such it does not provide any specific post graduate qualification in any one specialist area, that is, graduates of this programme will not graduate with a specialist post graduate pharmacy qualification, nursing qualification etc.

Aims

This MSc aims to deliver a broad and comprehensive overview with in-depth insights into the rapidly developing and cutting-edge field of advanced therapies.

You will undergo comprehensive training in all aspects of the field of ATMP development and delivery.

In this unique course, you can choose to follow laboratory based or clinical research-based content with optional modules available covering a wide variety of ATMP indications.

This allows you to diversify depending on your interests and background.

The overall core content available to all students will cover the following:

  • The different types of ATMPs and the clinical indications for their use.
  • The ATMP pathway from preclinical research to clinical trial design, clinical delivery and licencing.
  • The infrastructure requirements for the delivery of ATMPs pre and post licensing.
  • The manufacturing processes for ATMPs.
  • The regulatory framework for clinical trials, marketing authorisation applications and licensing requirements for ATMPs.

Special features

Taught by experts in advanced therapies from across the industry and academia.

You will also have opportunities to interact with and learn from experts within the field of advanced therapies to broaden your knowledge and experience of this rapidly expanding field.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base.

There are no written exams. Assessment is based on assignments, presentations and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

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
Laboratory Skills Unit MEDN66111 15 Mandatory
Research Project 1 MEDN66230 60 Mandatory
Research Project 2 MEDN66242 60 Mandatory
Introduction to Advanced Therapy Medicinal (ATMP) products: from the lab to the clinic MEDN69740 15 Mandatory
Designing and delivering an ATMP clinical trial ¿manufacturing and regulatory complexities MEDN69750 15 Mandatory
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory

Course collaborators

The following organisations have collaborated with us to develop this course:
  • The Christie Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Immetacyte Ltd
  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Innovate Manchester Advanced Therapy Centre Hub (iMATCH)

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

This MSc is designed to equip researchers, clinicians and scientists of tomorrow with the necessary understanding of the challenges of bringing an ATMPs through development and to patients.

Many of our students are clinical scientists, hospital doctors, pharmacists, specialist nurses, clinical trial administration staff and researchers).

They take the course to gain specialist skills knowledge and expertise within the area of ATMPs which can be applied within their own profession or setting.

Advanced therapies are an evolving field with many new roles and career opportunities that will benefit from multi-disciplinary professionals who have developed specialist knowledge in this field.  

Associated organisations