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Stem Cell Technology MSc

Course Description


This pioneering course aims to maximise the employability of students. Our track record shows 90% of graduates secure ste cell technology-related posts including PhDs, positions in industry and government-funded agencies (e.g. stem cell banks).

The course content has been designed in consultation with stem cell experts and potential employers in biotechnology, academia, industry and bodies regulating stem cells, to provide the necessary expertise to compete in an ever changing world.


- Students learn a broad range of transferable skills including critical analysis, data handling, and oral and written skills.
- Teaching is by leading research scientists who are working at the cutting edge of new developments, ensuring the most recent research is integrated into the course.
- Teaching also incorporates guest speakers recognised as international experts in the stem cell technology field, including clinicians who want to use stem cells in regenerative medicine.


The course incorporates the following modules:

- Cell, Developmental and Molecular Biology
- Module 2: Embryonic Stem Cells
- Module 3: Adult and Fetal Stem Cells
- Module 4: Translational Technologies for Stem Cells
- Module 5: Research Skills & Stem Cell Technology Exploitation
- Module 6: Regenerative Medicine Research Project

Approximately 40% of the taught modules encompass direct laboratory training. This high level of practical work means we take a maximum of 16 students. This ensures we have good tutor/student ratios and specialist equipment is widely accessible.

Visit the Stem Cell Technology MSc page on the University of Nottingham web site for more details!

(Student Profile)

Luke Flatt

Being part of the MSc Stem Cell Technology course has given me the opportunity to be involved in practical experiments of the highest calibre. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. For each of the five taught modules there has been the opportunity to undertake practical based studies. The two experimental sessions which stand out for me were in the Embryonic Stem Cells and Adult Stem Cells modules. Each offered the chance to experiment with new and exciting techniques, which I had not previously used. The Embryonic Stem Cell practical allowed me to develop the techniques to culture human embryonic stem cells and also differentiate these cells towards the cardiac lineage – seeing beating clusters of cells the students had made was amazing!

In the second semester the Adult Stem Cell practical focused on several other specialist techniques relating to stem cell culture. The first task isolated brain and bone marrow derived adult stem cell populations, while the second task was to culture and differentiate adult neural and mesenchymal stem cells towards mature cell lineages. I found parts of the practicals difficult but very rewarding in terms of personal development. The sessions have allowed me to develop the skills I needed to tackle my summer project, which will be to investigate epigenetic stablity in human embryonic stem cells.

I have also secured a PhD working with human pluripotent stem cells. I couldn’t have done this before I took the MSc, so there’s no question the practicals have greatly benefitted me.

(Student Profile)

Nigel De Melo

3069.jpg "The MSc Stem Cell Technology course has been equally challenging and rewarding. The excellent structure of the programme allows for a robust education within the field of regenerative medicine. The course delves into the the pillars of stem cell biology while also allowing us to build an excellent set of both academic and practical skills. The exceptional facilities and tutoring provided as well as the broad range of topics and skills taught make this course a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience."


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.

Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.

Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:

--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).

Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)

Women in STEM (restricted programmes)

Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty

From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application details

Applications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent, relevant science, business or medical degree; min 6.5 IELTS overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each element

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