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Wound Healing and Tissue Repair (MSc)

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

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 at a distance 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.

Students are required to attend a five-day study block in year one and year two, otherwise no further attendance is required. 

The on-campus study blocks will consist of: introduction to e-learning on the Internet and using your individual home page; introduction to study skills, library resources and tutorial support; introduction to course work and assignment briefs; lead lectures – introduction to module content and theory; group interactive sessions - via workshop, discussions, case presentation; private and group tutorials; course committee meetings - providing an on-going evaluation of the course.

Between the annual study 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.

Distinctive features

  • This is a well-established course, first conceived as a postgraduate diploma in 1996 and extended to a Master of Science (MSc) in 1999.
  • The course has attracted healthcare professionals from the field of nursing, medicine, pharmacy, podiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, and offers the opportunity to study at a distance alongside an international group of professionals from countries such as Ireland, Holland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and New Zealand.
  • Hyperlinked reading lists to facilitate easy access to resource material.
  • One-to-one and group tutorials are arranged online to encourage both lecturer and peer support and to suit students in different time zones.
  • Self-assessment tests from the course material are also linked to discussion board groups in order to facilitate sharing of information and further facilitate peer support.

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

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration3 years
ModePart-time - distance learning

Admissions criteria

The minimum requirement for the MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair is an undergraduate degree from an approved UK or overseas university, or a recognised professional qualification. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional experience (a minimum of two years’ experience in a position of responsibility relevant to the programme). Applications are therefore considered from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists and other professionals who meet the above criteria.

The personal statement should include evidence of the following areas:

  • Enthusiasm and interest for the subject area.
  • Discussion of current knowledge and experience and how this may help to be successful on the course.
  • Reasons for choosing this course and institution.
  • How the course fits into a wider plan for personal and professional development.

Find out more about English language requirements.

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

All candidates register initially for the MSc. 

The MSc consists of three stages:

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

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 five day study block 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.

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.

You may exit after stage T1 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.

You may exit after stage T2 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.

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 subject of each student’s dissertation will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

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%.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Management of Acute WoundsMET06220 credits
Management of Chronic WoundsMET06320 credits
Values and Priorities in Wound CareMET06420 credits

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
Dissertation: Wound Healing and Tissue RepairMET06560 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?

Taught stages

You will be taught through lectures, workshops, student presentations; 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.

MSc dissertation
Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic.

How will I be supported?

The course is delivered via blended learning, i.e. face-to-face contact for the study blocks and via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central, where students will find course materials, links to related materials and assessments.

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 study blocks 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 electronic means i.e. asynchronous (emails) and synchronous (chat rooms).
  • 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.

All students are 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. 


Formative feedback will be communicated to the students through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment:
Coursework in the form of written assignments and moderated discussions including critical evaluation of recent research evidence are used to assess students’ 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 students are allowed to submit a draft assignment prior to final submission. Students 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. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

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.
  • Illustrate 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.

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

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

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EU students entering in 2019/20 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 (2019/20)

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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.