What you will gain from the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair programme
Our programme is a one-year, full-time, on-campus MSc by Research programme (180 credits), structured around two laboratory-based research projects. The programme is designed for students following the completion of an undergraduate degree and/or professionals who want to pursue a career in research, either in academia or in a professional role within the biotech industry. The programme aims to expand your knowledge of stem cells, regenerative medicine and tissue repair concepts, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary and translational research that underpins this area of biomedicine.
The programme will teach key themes and principles in a range of scientific disciplines, including stem cell biology, developmental biology, regenerative medicine, inflammation research and tissue repair. You will become a well-rounded researcher by learning a range of practical biomedical research skills, good research practice and transferable skills.
The programme includes two research projects in our world-renowned laboratories at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, as well as seminars, tutorials, workshops and interactive discussion groups. We cover a range of research topics and essential skills, including critical analysis of research papers, data interpretation and presentation, writing a research project proposal, and statistical analysis.
Upon completion of the programme, you will have a competitive advantage when applying for PhD studentships and research posts in academia and industry.
Advancing human health through tissue regeneration and repair
Regenerative Medicine is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to repair or replace diseased and damaged cells to restore normal function. This biomedical field holds much promise to improve the health of patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
Successful advancement of tissue regeneration and repair relies on combining fundamental and translational research expertise in areas of regenerative medicine, developmental biology, stem cell biology and inflammation research. Such a cross-disciplinary approach will underpin the development of novel cell- and drug-based therapies to stimulate repair of tissues damaged due to congenital conditions, trauma or disease. The aim of this novel MSc by Research programme is to train the next generation of experts in tissue regeneration and repair.
Our programme will deliver bespoke, well-rounded, cross-disciplinary training that will develop skilled researchers uniquely equipped to capitalise on regenerative medicine’s potential to advance human health.
The programme offers you the chance to study at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
The programme is hosted at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), a world-recognised biomedical research centre. You will be taught by experienced group leaders at CRM who work on topics ranging from fundamental stem cell and regenerative biology research to the understanding of disease mechanisms and therapeutic strategies. Students on the programme are exposed to and encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s drive to translate this knowledge into clinically relevant applications.
Research projects, tutorials and discussion groups will be hosted primarily at CRM, but in some instances may be held at other appropriate University centres at the Little France and King’s Buildings campuses.
Our programme offers integrated and structured postgraduate training at CRM, incorporating taught and research elements, to provide you with high-level training in theoretical and practical aspects of regenerative medicine and tissue repair. Combined with the centre's scientific expertise, which ranges from basic developmental biology to clinical trials, we offer one of the strongest interdisciplinary research environments for training in regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and tissue repair currently available in the UK.
What our MSc by Research programme sets out to do
Our MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair aims to:
- Equip students with a thorough research experience that will benefit their future career in academia or industry.
- Train well-rounded graduates who have clear career direction and the knowledge and experience to successfully pursue their chosen path.
- Train the next generation of biomedical research experts who can contribute to addressing fundamental health challenges of our time.
- Equip graduates with transferable skills that will be beneficial in a wide range of professional roles.
- Offer comprehensive, cross-disciplinary training that will provide graduates with the tools to contribute to the development of novel cell- and drug-based therapies to stimulate tissue regeneration and repair.
- Contribute to a pool of highly skilled, knowledgeable graduates well-placed to successfully pursue a PhD in biomedicine or take on challenging professional roles in health care industries.
MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair
Our programme is a one-year, full-time, on-campus MSc by Research programme (180 credits), structured around two laboratory-based research projects. You will attend a number of lectures and seminars by researchers from a variety of research backgrounds pertinent to regenerative medicine and tissue repair.
To broaden your knowledge you will participate in regular journal clubs and discussion groups involving the critical analysis of research papers. Two 20-week research projects (80 credits each) will be chosen from a research project pool.
You will receive comprehensive training in good research practice, laboratory techniques and transferable skills. Around 25 senior researchers based at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) will contribute to your training by giving seminars or tutorials and hosting you in their research groups during your projects. You will have access to, and receive training in, a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities at CRM. You will deliver oral and poster presentations about your research projects. You will hone your academic writing skills by producing a research project proposal (20 credits) and a dissertation for each research project.
Structure of the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair programme
The programme comprises two 20-week research projects and a 5-week research project proposal writing component, as follows:
- September 2019 - March 2020: Research Project One 'Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair'
- April 2020: Research Project Proposal 'Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair'
- May 2020 - August 2020: Research Project Two 'Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair'
Throughout the programme, you will attend seminars, tutorials, journal clubs, discussion groups, workshops and a science retreat.
You will choose the two research projects from a pool of projects submitted by senior researchers at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine. During your research projects, you will disseminate your findings through presentation opportunities, including at lab and Centre meetings and a poster day, jointly organised with other relevant MSc programmes at the Deanery of Clinical Sciences.
Results of your research project will be written up as a dissertation (10,000 words max) that will be submitted for formal assessment towards the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair (80 credits for each research project). Submission dates will be early March 2020 (Research Project One) and towards the end of August 2020 (Research Project Two).
In consultation with your supervisor, you will design Research Project Two and write this in the form of a grant application prior to the start of the project. This will be submitted in April for formal assessment towards the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair (20 credits).
Research project examples
Recent cross-disciplinary research projects performed by postgraduate students at CRM
Group leaders at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) work across regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, reprogramming and tissue repair topics. They study multiple diseases, including cancer, heart disease, liver failure, diabetes, and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
Research projects undertaken by postgraduate students at CRM in recent years include:
Stem cells and reprogramming
- The role of Gata3 and the cell cycle in haematopoietic stem cell generation
- Reprogramming roadblocks during iPSC generation
- The role of the epitranscriptome in haematopoietic stem cell fate choice
- Novel regulatory mechanisms controlling haematopoietic stem cell biology
- Macrophages derived in vitro from human pluripotent stem cells: a tool to manipulate macrophage phenotype and function and a potential source of cells for therapy
- Lineage decisions of embryonic stem cells: exploring the links between morphogenesis and differentiation
- Do changes in cell organisation and orientation modulate mesoderm induction?
- Emergence of haematopoietic stem cells in the human embryo: gene expression analysis
Liver and lung
- Pluripotent stem cell-derived macrophages as a therapeutic tool in the treatment of an acute liver injury
- Immune cells in paracetamol-induced liver injury and regeneration
- Transplantation of stem cell-derived macrophages to resolve hepatic necrosis
- Optimizing differentiation condition of chemically reprogrammed liver progenitors
- The role of RELMα in macrophage differentiation and survival
- Heterogeneity of oligodendroglia in multiple sclerosis tissue
- The role of macrophage phagocytosis in spinal cord regeneration
- Investigating human brain lesions for regenerative targets
- The role of novel macrophage genes in successful spinal cord repair
- Gene expression analysis of skin organoids
- Profiling the communication between neurons and stem cells in mouse ESC-derived skin organoids
- The importance of cutaneous nerves in efficient wound healing
- Regulation of macrophage polarisation by healthy and fibrotic extracellular matrix in skin
- Reinnervation of healing skin wounds: the interaction between nerves and cutaneous stem cells
You will undertake two research projects in different laboratories at the MRC Centre of Regenerative Medicine, or collaborative centres. You choose your project from a pool of available projects.
During both research projects, you will be supervised by a primary and secondary supervisor who are working across disciplinary boundaries, offering you first-hand experience of working in inter-disciplinary research settings. Throughout your studies, you will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities at CRM, and the training and support provided by dedicated Facility Managers (including Imaging, Histology, Flow Cytometry and High-content Screening).
The research projects will provide you with practical experience of a wide range of current research techniques in cellular and molecular biology and genetics relevant for stem cell biology, developmental biology, inflammation research, regenerative medicine and tissue repair. The research projects will teach you good research practice, and enable you to gain analytical skills, critical appraisal and scientific writing skills.
During your research projects you will disseminate your findings through various presentation opportunities, including at lab meetings and a poster day.
After carrying out each of your research projects you write up the results as a dissertation (max 10,000 words), to be submitted for formal assessment towards your MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair degree. Each research project bears 80 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.
During each research project you will receive informal feedback from your supervisors. Following each research project you will receive written feedback on your laboratory performance and on your dissertation, after formal assessment.
A formal assessment of each research project comprises:
- Dissertation assessment by two independent markers (90% towards the final course mark)
- Laboratory performance assessment by your supervisor (10% towards the final course mark)
Research project proposal
Before starting your second research project around Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair, you will work on your chosen research project in consultation with your supervisor to design it in more detail. You will write this up as a research project proposal with a detailed project plan (max 3500 words). The proposal will be written as a grant application, to be submitted in April 2020 for assessment towards your MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair degree. The research project proposal bears 20 credits towards the programme total of 180 credits.
The research project proposal writing course provides you with practical experience of research project design and planning. The course allows you to develop your academic writing skills. By applying the format of a grant proposal, you will learn to write within the constraints that this format poses on a researcher. Importantly, the project proposal writing course permits you to take ownership of your research project from the start.
You will receive informal feedback from your supervisor and written feedback on your proposal following the assessment thereof. Your written research project proposal will be formally assessed and the mark will contribute 100% to the final course mark.
Seminars, courses and student-led learning
A series of seminars and tutorials covering topics relevant to regenerative medicine and tissue repair will complement the programme, providing breadth and depth to your research projects and training. CRM runs weekly seminars by local and invited speakers, exposing you to a wide range of research topics related to regenerative medicine, stem cell biology, developmental biology and tissue repair. In addition, you will be able to attend a range of seminar series across the University, including at the various biomedical research centres at the campus where you will be based (the Little France Campus, Edinburgh BioQuarter).
You will attend journal clubs and participate in student-led discussion groups hosted by CRM group leaders, where you will learn critical thinking skills and manuscript reviewing skills.
Throughout the programme, you can attend a range of transferable skills courses, ranging from statistics to communication skills and professional development, including those offered by the University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD).
Graduates of our programme will be able to:
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the fundamental principles of regenerative medicine, developmental biology, stem cell biology, inflammation research and tissue repair
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the concepts underpinning regeneration and repair of various tissues and organs
- demonstrate fundamental knowledge of designing and conducting biomedical research projects
- formulate a valid research hypothesis and research aim, building on their knowledge and independent learning
- interrogate a research hypothesis by successfully planning and applying a variety of appropriate biomedical experimental approaches
Graduates from our programme will be well-placed to successfully pursue a PhD in biomedicine or take on challenging professional roles in academia or health care industries.
You will gain valuable transferable skills that will be beneficial in a wide range of professions.
- To be eligible for the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair programme you should have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant biological, medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine discipline. Candidates will have to meet the standard English language entry requirements of The University of Edinburgh. All applicants to the University will be asked to demonstrate a level of English language competency, regardless of their nationality or country of residence.
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
- an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
- TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
- PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
- CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
Fees and funding
Tuition fee rates
The total annual study costs for the full-time, one-year MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair programme for the academic year 2019/2020 comprise a tuition fee, which depends on your fee status, plus a fixed amount for additional programme costs, as detailed below.
- Home/EU tuition fee rate: £8,300
- Overseas/International tuition fee rate: £26,600
- Additional programme costs: £4000
Tuition fee status
Like other universities in the United Kingdom, the University sets different tuition fee rates for students whose status is “home” (i.e., United Kingdom or European Union) and those whose status is “overseas”. All Scottish universities are required to determine fee status in accordance with regulations approved by the Scottish Parliament - the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.
Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you pay is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’.
When you apply to study with us, The University of Edinburgh will attempt to calculate your tuition fee status based on the information you provide in your application about your nationality and country of domicile. You will be notified of your fee status through the Applicant Hub once you have submitted your application. If we have not been able to determine your fee status, you will need to complete a Fees Status Questionnaire.
University fees and Europe
The UK Government has confirmed that EU postgraduate research students commencing their studies in 2019/20 will retain their fee status and eligibility for Research Council support for the duration of their programme.
Future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship with the EU.
Tuition fee discounts
The University of Edinburgh offers a 10% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for alumni who have graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh.
The University also offers a 10% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for students who have previously matriculated on a "Visiting Programme" as an undergraduate student and completed a minimum of one semester of study at the University of Edinburgh.
Studentships and student funding
In addition to financial assistance provided by UK Government agencies and external funding sources, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes. Specific information on international postgraduate scholarships and funding for prospective students can be found on our website.
How to apply
Apply online via EUCLID
Applications for admission to the MSc by Research in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Repair programme are submitted through the University’s online student application and record service EUCLID. You can access EUCLID via a link on the programme's degree finder page.
You do not need to complete your application in one session, as you will be able to save your application at any point in the process and return to it when you are ready to continue.
To allow the programme team to review your suitability for the programme, you will need to provide the following documents, with translations where applicable:
- Two reference letters. If you provide your referee email addresses on the form the EUCLID system will automatically contact them. If you already have copies of reference letters, you can upload them directly into your application. Reference letters must be no more than 1 year old at the programme start date (September 2019) and must be on headed paper, dated and signed.
- Confirmation of your degree plus a transcript of your marks or an interim transcript in case you still have to complete your degree.
- A personal statement, in which you describe in max 500 words why you would like to join the programme and why you are a suitable candidate.
- For non-native English speakers, a certificate (from within the last two years) which meets the programme entry requirements for English or information on when you expect to be able to provide this.
Please note that a research proposal is not required for the programme - please fill in 'Research projects will be chosen once the programme is underway' and ignore any automatically generated emails requesting this information. The online application process also asks for details on your research topic. Please provide details about your current research interests. This will not limit your choice of research projects once you are on the programme.
Your personal statement is an important part of your application. It will help us to decide whether you are a good match for our programme and, just as importantly, whether our programme is right for you.
If you are applying from outside the UK, our International Office can help ensure that you follow all the necessary application procedures.
- Programme start date: 9 September 2019
- Application deadline: 2 August 2019
We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.