PhD/MPhil Stem Cell Research / Programme details

Year of entry: 2021

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Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Stem Cell Research programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Stem Cell Research.

Stem cells falls within our vibrant Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network (MaRMN ) comprising academics and clinicians across the University and adjacent hospitals dedicated to carrying out world class research focussed on regeneration and repair of tissues, and developing new therapeutics. Stem cells biology is an important part of this research area. The MarMN is working to facilitate research in regenerative medicine and stem cell biology from bench to bedside

Those working in the area of tissue regeneration, combining tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, are developing living cell-based biological approaches to aid the repair and regeneration of damaged and diseased tissues.

This is a strongly interdisciplinary field of research that combines the skills of cell, molecular and matrix biologists with expertise in other areas including that from material, engineering and physical scientists at the University and with clinical and surgical specialists in the NHS.

MarMN scientists are investigating basic cellular mechanisms that regulate cell fate and devising therapeutic protocols to exploit cells for replacing injured or defective tissues (pre-clinical and clinical trials are underway). MarMN draws on major interdisciplinary strengths in stem and progenitor cell research together with gene therapy.

Network members have expertise in the isolation and differentiation of stem and progenitor cells from adults and preimplantation human embryos, as well as in reprogramming of somatic cells to more naïve fates, including induced pluripotent stem cells both in vitro and in vivo. Interdisciplinary collaborative research includes the use of novel tracking strategies, 3D printing and novel materials, and biophysical approaches.

Research in stem and progenitor cell biology is being applied to a number of major clinical targets, including neurodegenerative diseases, disorders of soft and hard connective tissues, diabetes and chronic tissue injury and repair. Disease modeling in vitro, including gene editing, is an increasing area of strength.

We also have innovative programmes that are investigating the relationship between stem cells and cancer.

Special features

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

See the  training and development  page for more information.

Teaching and learning

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one year (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

International applicants interested in this research area can also consider the our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .

This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.

Scholarships and bursaries

Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants from within the UK and overseas (including EU nationals).

For more information on available the types of funding we have available, please visit the  funded programmes  and  funding opportunities  pages.

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the   Doctoral Academy Blog .

Facilities

You will have access to a range of  research and learning facilities  across the University and at some of our partner organisations.

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