Regenerative Medicine encompasses many areas of life science and medicine. This twenty-first century's medicine promises to address several unmet clinical needs and reduce healthcare costs.
Regenerative Medicine aims to repair damaged, diseased and worn out tissues or organs by using cells as therapies, delivered often in combination with bio-scaffolds, or using molecules that stimulate innate capacities of tissue repair. The production of these new medicines and devices requires an understanding of many aspects: basic research, in vitro analysis, preclinical testing, product conceptualization and development, regulatory and ethical frameworks and navigation of intellectual property issues.
The course we offer will explore these complex areas, together with providing an understanding of the continuously arising fundamental biological questions in the field, propelling discoveries to be translated 'from the bench to the bedside'.
A nurturing learning and teaching environment
A multidisciplinary teaching and learning approach is used to help graduates achieve a critical knowledge and training in the biological and chemical basis of tissue regeneration, stem cell biology, and health-related biotechnologies, by balancing translational/biotechnological aspects and basic research questions within the Regenerative Medicine field.
In addition, our students will benefit from state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and inspirational research-infused teaching, delivered by the Lecturing Team, supported by a wide network of national and international collaborators from the academic, industry and regulatory sectors.
Our Biotechnology Unit Lab has been shortlisted as one of the five best in the world for the RegMedNet 'Award for Cultivating Excellence' 2018!
Every student will be assigned a Personal Tutor to look after aspects of pastoral care, including signposting to the ample academic-related and wellbeing-related services offered by our University.
This course offers exciting multidisciplinary interactions and strong employment opportunities for those trained in the field, aiming to produce postgraduates capable of making an impact within the Regenerative Medicine sector. Thanks to a developed set of transferable skills, our Graduates are able to secure jobs not only in academic or industrial research but also in the area of legal science, healthcare management, scientific writing, and policy-making; moreover, they are well placed to proceed onto higher studies, such as at Ph.D. level.
The delivery of the course Comprises a mixture of structured taught modules, practical activities, and self-directed study. Students are set regular tasks and formative assessments with the purpose of preparing students for summative assessments, aid the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies, whilst improving their skills of teamwork, flexibility, communication, professional conduct, and self-awareness. Assessments are thought-provoking and varied and include critical literature reviews, practical portfolios, poster presentations, examinations and several oral presentations.
The programme culminates with a research project dissertation aligned to the ongoing research projects and disciplines in our School of Science, Technology, and Engineering. This provides students with the opportunity to fully engage with contemporary research in the field.
The modules in the programme are:
- Stem cell Biology
- Advanced Laboratory Skills
- Research Methods and Project Design
- Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering
- Developmental Biology and Regeneration
- Independent Study
- Dissertation Project
Erasmus Plus Opportunities
Our students can benefit from a portfolio of opportunities to conduct part of their studies in selected EU Universities and Research Centres under the Erasmus Plus Program.
You may, for example, conduct the work for your Dissertation Project abroad, benefitting from an Erasmus bursary. Alternatively, you may want to consider an Erasmus Work Traineeship.
These opportunities are available on a competitive basis and can be discussed with the Course Leader or Personal Tutor.
Selected students may be awarded a dissertation placement at one of our collaborator's laboratories, to include, for example, the UK Stem Cell Bank. These placements, offered on a very competitive basis, will require traveling off-campus. This opportunity can be discussed with the Course Leader or a personal Tutor.
Planning Your Future
As an MSc Regenerative Medicine graduate you will be well placed to secure jobs as a researcher working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes. You may also progress into laboratory-based careers in clinical or technical roles, which do not necessarily involve research. The transferable skills developed during the course will equip you for a wide range of careers outside the laboratory.
Post-course opportunities are diverse, and the non-exhaustive list below provides some suggestions of areas for employment or further study you can consider:
- Progression to doctoral level study (Ph.D.) in many areas.
- Progression to advanced teaching training (PgCAP, PgCHEP)
- Academic Career
- Laboratory-based research
- Public health-based research
- Healthcare management
- Project management
- Scientific publication/communication, to include: scientific writing, journal editing, scientific journalism, scientific front officer
- Teaching career
- Pharmaceutical industry
- The biotechnology industry, to include biotechnology business development specialist and/or R&D
- Policy advisory services
- Patent law
The University of Suffolk Careers and Employability service runs career information seminars and talks throughout the year, moreover, we organize an annual trip to the NatureJobs Career Expo in London. All our students are encouraged to be part of learned societies in the field of the life sciences and regenerative medicine and are offered a complimentary subscription to the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES).
Fees and finance
- Full-time Home/EU: £7,650
- Part-time Home/EU: £850 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
- Full-time International: £13,000
- A 2:1 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
- It would be expected that in most cases applicants should hold a first degree with Honours in an appropriate subject such as those recognised as bioscience-based courses by QAA, for example: Biology, Bioscience, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Sport Science, Human Biology, Health Sciences, Health Promotion, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Bioengineering. Medicine or Dentistry e graduates are also welcome to apply.
- Those with an interest in the course possessing a non-bioscience/ non-life science-based degree are asked to contact the Course Leader for guidance prior to application.
IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.
Possible entry routes
We would be happy to consider applications from students with a life science or healthcare background, however, if you have a genuine interest in the topic and a relevant educational and/or relevant background we may be able to consider your application. You are advised to contact the Course Leader, any member of the Academic Team or the Admission Office for further guidance.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.