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Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (MSc)

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Part time distance learning

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Why study this course

This programme offers an opportunity to explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts that underpin wound healing and tissue repair.


International reputation

A programme with over two decades of success supported by national and international specialists


Interprofessional study

Work, learn and collaborate with students and staff from a range of healthcare professions and other academic disciplines.


Expert faculty

Teaching supported by a range of interprofessional experts in wound healing and tissue repair


Support for learning

Individualised support throughout your programme of study as well as opportunities to interact with your peers


Clinically relevant assessments

The assessments and dissertation allow you to explore areas of clinical interest to you and facilitate the use of different research methods

The MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair is a three-year, inter-disciplinary, part-time, distance learning course. 

The course attracts healthcare professionals from fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, and offers the opportunity to study online alongside an international group of professionals from countries around the world.

It aims to enable you to explore and analyse existing and developing theories and concepts that underpin wound healing and tissue repair so facilitating professional and personal growth, building upon your educational and vocational experience and developing your ability to become a life-long learner.

There will be an online induction week at the beginning of year one and two. Students are encouraged to participate in one live, synchronous session per day, which will be available at 3 different times. On-demand recordings of the synchronous activity will also be made available for viewing.

This course at Cardiff University was the course I particularly wished to pursue due to that fact it is world renowned nationally and internationally for its high calibre of teaching. The course has undoubtedly given me a confidence in clinical practice to critically analyse and demonstrate a high level of clinical reasoning in practice. Continuous assessment throughout proved a valuable experience and the support from Cardiff University was exceptional. The whole experience of undergoing an MSc at Cardiff University was challenging and demanding but a once in a lifetime experience and one that has transformed my practice and I will always remain entirely grateful to have had this outstanding opportunity.
Connie Traynor, MSc Wound healing and Tissue Repair, 2016

Where you'll study

School of Medicine

We are of the largest medical schools in UK, committed to the pursuit of improved human health through education and research.

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Admissions criteria

In order to be considered for an offer for this programme you will need to meet all of the entry requirements. Your application will not be progressed if the information and evidence listed is not provided.

With your online application you will need to provide:

  1. A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts which show you have achieved an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy or podiatry or an equivalent international degree. If your degree certificate or result is pending, please upload any interim transcripts or provisional certificates.
  2. A copy of your IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or evidence of an accepted equivalent. Please include the date of your expected test if this qualification is pending. If you have alternative acceptable evidence, such as an undergraduate degree studied in the UK, please supply this in place of an IELTS.

If you do not have a degree in a relevant area, your application may be considered on the basis of at least 2 years relevant professional experience. Please provide additional evidence to support your application such as signed and dated employer references.

Application Deadline

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications normally close at the end of August but may close sooner if all places are filled.

Selection process

We will review your application and if you meet all of the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student 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

The MSc consists of three stages:

Stage T1 (first taught stage)
This stage lasts for one academic year, and consists of an online induction block over a five-day period and five module totalling 60 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7).

You may exit after this stage with a Postgraduate Certificate, if you have gained at least 60 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), including the award of credit for any ‘required’ modules.

Stage T2 (second taught stage)
This stage lasts for a further academic year, to a total of two years for the taught stages, and consists of a further online induction block over a five-day period and three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to achieve a total of 120 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), to complete the taught stages.

You may exit after this stage with a Postgraduate Diploma, if you have gained at least 120 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), including the award of credit for any ‘required’ modules.

Stage R: MSc research dissertation stage
The dissertation stage lasts for a further academic year, to a total of three years, and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits (of which no greater than 20 credits shall be at level 6, with the remainder at Level 7), to complete the MSc programme.

The total normal duration to complete the full MSc course is three academic years (stages T1, T2 & R), from the date of initial registration.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/25 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.

Year one

Year two

Year three

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?

Taught stages

You will be taught through online live or pre-recorded lectures, workshops; tutorials; distance learning material; asynchronous discussion forums; synchronous online tutorials; written text in modules; self-assessment tests; recommended reading/links within module; feedback on plans, drafts and aims; feedback on assignments; external examiners’ feedback.

There will be an online induction week at the beginning of year one and two. Students are encouraged to participate in one live (synchronous?) session (available at 3 different times) per day. On-demand recordings of the synchronous activity will also be made available for viewing.

The online induction blocks will consist of: introduction to e-learning and using Cardiff University resources; introduction to study skills, library resources and tutorial support; introduction to course work and assignment briefs;  lectures – introduction to module content and theory; and group online interactive sessions.

Dissertation stage

The dissertation stage will largely consist of independent study guided by a project Supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment:
Coursework in the form of written assignments including critical evaluation of recent research evidence are used to assess your critical reasoning and ability to present coherent written material.

Formative assessment:
Self-assessment tests and opportunities for reflection in the modules are included as a formative method of assessing progress. In addition you are allowed to submit a draft assignment for Coursework 1 prior to final submission. You can also seek further advice on both pieces of coursework via the discussion board, online tutorial and also by email.

MSc dissertation:
The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. 

Your dissertation, which will normally be no longer than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. 

The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma taught stages, will be weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark:

Stage Weighting

  • Taught modules (Stages T1 and T2 combined) 50%.
  • Dissertation (Stage R) 50%.

How will I be supported?

The course is delivered via our virtual learning environment (VLE), where you will find course materials, links to related materials and assessments. Your eLearning is supported by a programme of induction activities and regular online meetings i.e. live question and answers sessions with our Lecturers and online tutorials.

We are aware that some of you may not have studied recently or may not be used to studying on a part-time, distance-learning basis. Therefore, there will be a period of readjustment while you settle into the requirements of the programme of study. 

To assist you on the course you can expect:

  • High-quality teaching during the modules from leading experts in the specialist field of wound healing
  • Provision of up-to-date modular material that is based on current evidence and research. This will be supported by relevant further and recommended reading
  • Administrative and academic support via emails and tutorials
  • Regular electronic communication and guidance for the assessed element of the programme and timely response to queries and requests for support. To include feedback on draft assignments submitted
  • Reliable and fair marking according to the University guidelines and provision of constructive feedback on all coursework marked
  • Provision of an appropriate supervisor for the dissertation stage of the programme
  • Compliance with Cardiff University regulations in relation to the provision of postgraduate taught programmes of study

You will be allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who you can contact to discuss progress and for advice and guidance as needed. 

During the dissertation stage, you will also be allocated a project supervisor to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic.

Between the yearly induction blocks, students are supported by online personal and group tutorials, and personal tutorials by email or telephone. In addition, there are dedicated distance learning library support staff to help ensure you can access necessary databases and full-text journals. The online information and resources are constantly updated for students to access through a virtual learning environment.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting.  In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, the application of evidence-based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively.

Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. Through the research focused elements you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in aspects such as reviewing and evaluating literature, critical analysis, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.

After fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically examine current practices and evaluate traditional methods of management of wounds
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of controversial and contentious issues related to wound healing and tissue repair
  • llustrate an understanding of modern key concepts of wound healing by applying them to challenges within their own environment
  • Display mastery of a complex and specialist area of practice
  • Appreciate the benefit of inter-professional teamwork through learning alongside others from different professions
  • Demonstrate independence of thought and contribute via your own research to the development of knowledge and evidence base of their profession
  • Build upon their own life-long learning needs
Our students will get various opportunities to present their work during their course. Pictured here, Programme Director, Samantha Holloway (centre) with two students presenting posters at a Wound Healing conference (Wounds UK Annual Conference 2017).

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £5,725 None
Year two £5,725 None
Year three £1,908 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,450 £2,500
Year two £9,450 None
Year three £3,150 None

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

Financial support

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

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

You will need a reliable computer with high speed internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.


Postgraduate loans

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2024 or later, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan to support your study at Cardiff University.

Career prospects

This programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of wound healing in order to help improve patient care.

Completion of this course could help you in the following areas:

  • Securing a specialist professional role
  • Writing for publication
  • External examining for other academic institutions
  • Membership of wound healing association executive committees

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression.

In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.

I chose the course because although I had a lot of practical experience in dealing with wounds I felt I needed the theoretical knowledge to back up what I was seeing in clinical practice. The reputation of Cardiff University and the longstanding work of the Wound Healing Research Unit was very appealing coupled with the comprehensive course syllabus. The course was very challenging with the rigor of mastering academic writing. However the support provided by the staff was fantastic and I was able to achieve way beyond my expectations. The course has been a positive life changing experience. My clinical work has been changed and enhanced. I have had several journal articles published and I lecture on a postgraduate course in Norway. The biggest change has been the development in my confidence for which I am truly grateful.
Vanessa Goulding, MSc Wound healing and Tissue Repair, 2017

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.