Tissue Engineering (MSc)

This MSc programme is currently in its 10th year. One of the few programmes which accepts students who are clinically qualified (BDS, MBBS) or non-clinical qualified (BSc), providing a unique teaching and learning environment.

Tissue engineering is an ever-emerging interdisciplinary field of biomedical research, which combines life, engineering and materials sciences, to progress the maintenance, repair and replacement of diseased and damaged tissues. The Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering & Repair (CITER) MSc in Tissue Engineering aims to provide graduates from life sciences and clinical backgrounds with an advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the science and practice of tissue engineering; from theoretical science, through to research translation and clinical application. The Programme provides in-depth training in this branch of biomedical science, including stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue/organ engineering. The MSc offers a balanced combination of theory and practice; and can serve either as preparation for a PhD or as a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right. The MSc in Tissue Engineering is both lecture- and laboratory-based, and includes a number of opportunities to visit relevant clinical settings and local industrial partners. Graduates from this Programme will have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making them highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments.

Distinctive features

Distinctive features of this course include:

  • The first course of its kind in the UK, created in response to demand in the field of tissue engineering for interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Excellent clinical, academic and research facilities.
  • High probability of further research study and careers in tissue engineering and repair, relevant to the CITER MSc remit.
  • Opportunity to study at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s major teaching and research universities.
  • Opportunity to join a vibrant postgraduate community.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

The Programme is suitable for Life Sciences and clinical graduates, interested in acquiring multidisciplinary skills in this expanding area of biomedical research.

Applicants are required to have a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and may come from either a biosciences or clinical background.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than a score of 5.5 in each of the four bands). Applicants are required to have achieved their IELTS prior to an application being submitted.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017.

The CITER MSc Programme commences in September each year with Stage 1, a 6-month, taught component.

Stage 1 is taught almost entirely at a small group teaching level, supported by laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant hospital clinics and local companies involved in producing tissue engineering and repair therapies. Modules are assessed by various written assignments, presentations and formal examinations.

On completing Stage 1, students undertake a 5-month, laboratory-based research project within the CITER network, between April-September (Stage 2). Projects are chosen by students from topics supplied by academic supervisors within CITER. Previous student projects have been in research areas such as embryonic or mesenchymal stem cell biology; cartilage, bone, skin or oral tissue repair; fibrosis; and biomaterials and drug delivery. Stage 2 culminates in the submission of an MSc Dissertation, based on MSc Project findings.

The MSc in Tissue Engineering is a one year, full-time Programme. The MSc Programme commences in September each year with Stage 1, a 6-month, taught component involving four compulsory Modules.

On completing Stage 1, students undertake a 5-month, laboratory-based research project within the CITER network, between April-September (Stage 2). Stage 2 culminates in the submission of an MSc Dissertation, based on MSc Project findings.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Cellular & Molecular BiologyBIT00130 credits
Tissue Engineering From Concept To Clinical PracticeDET00230 credits
Research MethodsDET03130 credits
Stem Cells and Regenerative MedicineDET03330 credits
DissertationDET00360 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered via lectures, laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant hospital clinics, such as orthopaedics, nephrology and dermatology, and local companies involved in producing tissue engineering and repair therapies.

This Programme is based within the School of Dentistry and taught by academic staff from across Cardiff University and by external speakers.

All taught modules within the Programme are compulsory and students are expected to attend all lectures, laboratory sessions and other timetabled sessions. Students will receive supervision to help them complete the dissertation, but are also expected to engage in considerable independent study. Dissertation topics are normally chosen by the students from a list of options proposed by CITER academic staff in areas relevant to the MSc in Tissue Engineering.

How will I be supported?

All Modules within the Programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which students will find course materials and links to related materials. Students will be supervised when undertaking their dissertation. Supervision will include scheduled regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance; and provide written feedback on draft dissertation contents.

Feedback
Students will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral/poster presentations.

How will I be assessed?

The 4 taught Modules within the Programme are assessed through in-course assessments, including:

  • Extended essays.
  • Oral presentations.
  • Poster presentations.
  • Statistical assignments.
  • Critical appraisals.
  • Dissertation (no more than 20,000 words).

What skills will I practise and develop?

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both specific to tissue engineering as well as generic ‘employability skills’. Through the Programme, students will develop technical laboratory skills and will be presented with a number of opportunities to extend their communication and presentation skills, both written and orally. Students will acquire a number of specific skills, such as the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex quantitative and qualitative data. They will also develop a number of valuable laboratory research-based skills, through the completion of a dissertation.

Graduates from this Programme will be able to:

  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of tissue engineering and the need for integration of knowledge from different fields.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cellular/tissue alterations which occur during various disease states and ageing in humans.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the core principles of tissue engineering.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical and biochemical techniques available for the assessment and development of tissue engineered products for clinical use.
  • Critically evaluate knowledge at the forefront of a range of disciplines, such as stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue/organ engineering.
  • Utilise knowledge and scientific evidence-based methods in the assessment and solution of challenges in the field of tissue engineering.
  • Undertake and accurately perform various laboratory-based methodologies relevant to tissue engineering research.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways; and identify means to gather new data where required.

After successfully completing this MSc, you should have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making you highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments.

Since its introduction in 2006, 95% of our MSc graduates have progressed onto career paths highly relevant to the CITER MSc remit. These include PhDs within CITER and at other UK, EU and USA Universities, Graduate-Entry Medicine, Specialist Registrar Training, Teaching, and positions in Industry and Clinical Laboratory settings.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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You will have the opportunity to attend clinical attachments, in areas such as orthopaedics, nephrology and dermatology. Furthermore, you will also have the opportunity to visit local companies involved in producing tissue engineering and repair therapies for clinical use. These include Cell Therapy Ltd., Reneuron plc, Biomonde Ltd., and MBI Wales Ltd.