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Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (MSc)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Why study this course

The Programme provides in-depth training in this branch of biomedical science, including stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue/organ engineering.

With an ageing population and chronic diseases on the rise, there is a need for more effective medical treatments and therefore a need for trained tissue engineering researchers to deliver these technologies.

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine is an ever-emerging interdisciplinary field of biomedical research; which combines life sciences, biology and engineering, to progress the repair, replacement and enhancement of diseased and damaged tissues.

It’s a field that has the potential to deliver treatments for diseases, injuries and disorders where currently people have no options.

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 master’s qualification.

The programme is both lecture and laboratory based; benefiting from taught modules that cover areas such as Cellular & Molecular Biology and Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and culminating in a hands-on 5-month research project. It also includes several opportunities to visit relevant clinical settings and local industrial partners.

The programme further benefits from affiliation and close involvement with the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).  CITER is an interdisciplinary research network between the Schools of Biosciences, Chemistry, Dentistry, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Medicine, Optometry and Pharmacy. You will therefore study within a multidisciplinary community with internationally excellent academic, research and clinical expertise not available at many other institutions.

Based at The University Hospital of Wales (the 3rd largest university hospital in the UK), you will develop technical laboratory skills and will be presented with a number of opportunities to extend your communication and presentation skills, both written and orally.

You will acquire a number of specific skills, such as the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex quantitative and qualitative data. You will also develop a number of valuable laboratory research-based skills, through the completion of a 5-month research project of your choice*, which will be presented as a poster at the annual CITER scientific meeting.

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 in this fast-developing sector.

*subject to supervisor status.

Distinctive features

Join a Dental School that is ranked in the Top 3 by the Complete University Guide 2020 based on a variety of measures to include; student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. Here are some of the distinctive features for our programme:

  • Our course was the first of its kind in the UK, building on Cardiff University’s research excellence and critical mass of tissue engineering researchers across the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).
  • Teaching is delivered by academics across the interdisciplinary CITER network not available at many other institutions
  • Opportunities to visit clinical settings and local industrial partners to speak with clinicians with keen interests in tissue engineering and repair.
  • The MSc combines both taught modules and a 5-month research project which can be chosen by you. Previous student projects have been in research areas such as stem cell biology, bone, skin, oral tissues and drug delivery.
  • The option to apply for the MSc as a 1+3 year programme of study, continuing into a PhD programme within the School upon obtaining a Master’s degree qualification.
Gabriela, MSc Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
After finishing my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry in Spain, I was looking for a more specific and challenging field. I got interested in the development of tissues by 3D bioprinting and so I chose to focus on this. The facilities were incredibly good, and I found all the staff really helpful and always open to questions and new ideas. In my project, I focused on the development of a new fibrin-based bioink that will hopefully help in the creation of a human skin model. The design of the composition of this bioink was challenging as there was not any previous work done with it in the model of bioprinter used in the lab; this is what made the project even more interesting and exciting for me. I would totally recommend this course to any person with a high interest in research and willing to focus their future career in a developing field as it will offer many opportunities.
Gabriela, MSc Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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Where you'll study

School of Biosciences

We provide a dynamic and stimulating teaching environment with impressive modern facilities, up-to-date equipment and high-calibre staff.

School of Dentistry

We are the only dental school in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care.

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.

English Language Requirements  for non-UK applicants

Typical IELTS offer:

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.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

MSc Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 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 modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

The MSc in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 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 and 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.

Learning and assessment

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 assessed?

The four 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).

How will I be supported?

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

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Systematic understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and the need for integration of knowledge from different fields.
  • An understanding of the cellular/tissue alterations which occur during various disease states and ageing in humans.
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the core principles of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
  • An understanding of the physical and biochemical techniques available for the assessment and development of tissue engineered and regenerative medicine products for clinical use.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • 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 and regenerative medicine.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Undertake and accurately perform various laboratory-based methodologies relevant to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways; and identify means to gather new data where required.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Technical laboratory skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
The MSc tissue engineering course is a fantastic course teaching the ethical, social, clinical and bimolecular aspects of modern tissue engineering and translational research with a final six month dissertation project in a world class laboratory. The course attracts students from all over the world and provides many opportunities to engage in a supportive and friendly environment. For me, this course was vital for my progression to becoming an independent researcher. I found that the lectures were really engaging, allowing me to develop my knowledge of tissue engineering. I was then able to apply this to my laboratory project. For me the project was the best part of this course, as it allowed me to develop key laboratory skills and undertake novel research on wound healing in a world class facility.
Jabur, MSc Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£11,950£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£22,700£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs that need to be considered.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is required to study on this programme.

Careers and placements

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.

Placements

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.

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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