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MSc in Tissue Engineering

"Tissue engineering is an interdisciplinary field combining life and material sciences to progress the maintenance, repair and replacement of damaged/diseased tissue. The research area applies an understanding of normal tissue physiology to develop therapies including acellular and cell-based treatment and novel biomaterials for clinical applications. Delivery of these advances requires research translation to patient products and services through commercial exploitation by the healthcare industry."

Background

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Tissue engineering is a new and exciting field of research which has been growing in prominence over the last decade due to the rise in the age of the population. The challenges and opportunities lie in the development and application of novel tissue engineering technologies that will help to reduce the growing pressures on the healthcare system and identify cheaper, quicker and more readily accessible methods of diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. However, to achieve the successful translation of basic science to clinical application there is a growing need for trained researchers with the skills encompassing these multidisciplinary technologies in both the healthcare services sector and allied industry.

Introduction

The Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) is an interdisciplinary Institute with internationally recognised expertise in basic, translational and clinical research in the field of tissue engineering and repair.

The current research base and clinical facilities within CITER provide the prospect for synergy in both research and teaching, with a view to facilitate the development of technological advances used for the diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions associated with tissue engineering and repair (e.g. ocular repair, musculoskeletal diseases, sports injuries, chronic wounds and kidney disease). In 2005 CITER was awarded £2m from the UK’s Office of Science Technology to support the purchase of new state of the art imaging equipment, stem cell sorting facilities and the refurbishment of laboratory space. This award brings CITER in line with, and in the case of some of the equipment beyond, other top Institutions in the UK and worldwide. This infrastructure provides excellent facilities in which to teach students new technologies and support them to undertake research at the highest level using state-of-art equipment.

The MSc in Tissue Engineering is principally supported by the School of Dentistry , the School of Medicine and the School of Biosciences  at Cardiff University. The programme offers a truly unique modular scheme, designed to provide students from life, biomedical and physical science backgrounds with an extensive understanding of the science and practice of tissue engineered therapies; from theoretical science through to testing and clinical application.

Why study this MSc course at Cardiff?

  • CITER offers students access to an inclusive multidisciplinary community that has a strong clinical axis
  • Six months taught course followed by six months clinical or laboratory-based project
  • Vocational training providing skills in Intellectual Property/Licensing and Ethical/Legal aspects of tissue engineered products
  • Opportunity to experience partnership with Industry via an industrial visit to a biomaterials company
  • The course offers excellent training in transferable skills for subsequent employment in the biomedical and clinical research environment

Contacts:

Course Director:
Dr Ryan Moseley
Email: Moseleyr@cardiff.ac.uk

Deputy Course Director:
Dr Robert Steadman
Email: Steadmanr@cardiff.ac.uk

Dental School Admissions Officer:
Victoria O'Cock
Email: DentalAdmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

For full programme information and past student testimonials, please see the MSc in Tissue Engineering website .