MSc in Tissue Engineering (MSc)
The MSc in Tissue Engineering is a 1-year full-time modular programme designed to provide extensive training in the science and practice of tissue engineering from theoretical science, to testing and clinical application. The programme is targeted at students with degrees in life or biomedical sciences, offering excellent transferable skills training for subsequent employment in biomedical and clinical research environments.
The programme is primarily sponsored by the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Biosciences, under the auspices of the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering & Repair (CITER). CITER is an interdisciplinary Institute, linking the Schools of Biosciences, Chemistry, Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy and Social Sciences, with internationally recognised expertise in basic, translational and clinical research. Hence, CITER offers students access to an inclusive, multidisciplinary community, with a strong academic, research and clinical axis.
The MSc programme commences in October each year, initially comprising four taught modules (Stage 1). The four taught modules are Research Methodologies; Cellular & Molecular Biology; Innovation Environment; and Tissue Engineering: From Concept to Clinical Practice. Stage 1 is followed by a 6-month, laboratory based, Research Project (Stage 2), leading to the submission of a 20,000-word, MSc Dissertation. All students must pass Stage 1 before moving onto Stage 2.
Each module is assessed through a variety of means, including written assignments, oral presentations and formal examinations, together with a final Dissertation.
Learning & Teaching Methods
Teaching is delivered via formal lectures, seminars, clinical attachments, industrial visits, practical laboratory sessions, and interactive workshops. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning is adopted via group and individual assignments. Students are also required to conduct substantial independent study during both Stage 1 (taught module aspect) and Stage 2 (MSc Research Project and Dissertation).
Applications are encouraged from students who possess a first or second class honours degree in Bioscience-related subjects, or a degree in Dentistry or Medicine. International applicants must provide proof of their English Language proficiency (IELTS score of 7.0 or above).
Applications for the CITER MSc Programme are welcomed from self-funded or government-funded, international students. These include students with 4 years funding who wish to undertake the 1 year CITER MSc as part a 1+3 (1 year MSc and 3 year PhD) Studentship Programme within the School of Dentistry, in line with the School's research themes.
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