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Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments are the focus of all biomedical research. Read more

Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments are the focus of all biomedical research. This MSc programme, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, provides an integrated approach to human tissue repair focusing on inflammation, immunotherapy and transplantation science, and preparation for PhD study and a career in biomedicine.

About this degree

The MSc will provide knowledge of the fundamentals of inflammation and immune response in human health and disease, cellular and molecular mechanisms of human tissue repair, the development of therapies designed to repair and restore tissue function, and treatments including immunotherapy, transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices. Students will obtain additional practical, analytic and transferable skills essential in biomedical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

This programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two specialisation optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Immunology
  • Practical Research Skills
  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Research Methodologies for Human Tissue Repair
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Practical Cell Culture Analysis

Students choose one of the following specialisation modules depending on the route they wish to follow: Inflammation; Immunotherapy; Transplantation Science:

  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Transplantation Science

Optional modules

Students choose two optional modules from their chosen specialisation route below:

Inflammation specialisation

  • Biological Molecules as Therapies
  • Ethics, Translation & Commercialisation
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Transplantation Science

Immunotherapy specialisation

  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Ethics, Translations & Commercialisation
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Transplantation Science

Transplantation Science specialisation

  • Applied Biomaterials
  • Ethics, Translation & Commercialisation
  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Inflammation and Disease

Dissertation/report

Students undertake a research project culminating in a dissertation of 5,000 words in the style of a manuscript for scientific publication.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work and tutorials. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Human Tissue Repair MSc

Careers

The programme will prepare students for further academic study and to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. It will also provide the foundation for careers in the public healthcare sector and the NHS, in industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, and scientific media and publishing houses.

Employability

Students will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences.

The UCL Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science jointly offer this MSc within the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) based at the Royal Free Campus, to deliver the only programme with an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy.

The programme aims to harness basic, biomedical and clinical expertise and research strengths assembled from across UCL institutes and divisions and UCL partner hospitals, and together with industrial colleagues will provide world-leading cohesive teaching and training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This Master's degree in Cell and Gene Therapy provides an in-depth education in this cutting-edge and rapidly developing field. Read more

This Master's degree in Cell and Gene Therapy provides an in-depth education in this cutting-edge and rapidly developing field. It is delivered by scientists and clinicians researching, developing and testing new treatments for genetically inherited and acquired diseases using gene delivery technology, stem cell manipulation and DNA repair techniques.

About this degree

The degree covers all aspects of the subject, including basic biomedical science, molecular basis of disease, current and developing technologies and clinical applications. Students also receive vocational training in research methodology and statistics, how to perform a research project and complete a practical laboratory-based project.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible up to five years) is offered

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, part-time nine months, or up to two years flexible) is offered.

Core modules

  • Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Stem Cell and Tissue Repair

Research Methodology and Statistics is not a core module for the PG Certificate. Students of the PG Certificate can choose an optional module.

Optional modules

  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Genomics
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatric Disease
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
  • Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Science
  • Research Methodology and Statistics

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem classes and tutorials. Assessment varies depending on the module, but includes written coursework, multiple-choice questions, written examinations, a practical analysis examination and the dissertation of up to 10,000 words

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Cell and Gene Therapy MSc

Careers

This programme aims to equip students for careers in research, education, medicine and business in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Examples of potential careers could include academic research and/or lecturing in a university or other higher education setting, conducting clinical trials as part of a team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals, monitoring and analysing the results of clinical trials as part of a clinical trials unit, developing new therapies or intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry or other business ventures.

Several of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. You can read testimonials from past students which include their destinations following graduation.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Biomedical Scientist, Science Health Society
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of London
  • PhD in Cell and Gene Therapy, UCL
  • Research Assistant, The Magdi-Yacoub Institute / Heart Science
  • Scientist, Unspecified Pharmaceuticals Company

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH), and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical, basic research and postgraduate education in children's health, including haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and gene therapy.

The UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences (SLMS) has the largest concentration of clinicians and researchers active in cell and gene therapy research in Europe. This is reflected by the many groups conducting high-quality research and clinical trials in the field including researchers at UCL GOS ICH, the Division of Infection & Immunity, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute for Women's Health, the Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Develop advanced research skills required in preparation for your career within biomedical research, a clinical environment, or in the health industry. Read more
  • Develop advanced research skills required in preparation for your career within biomedical research, a clinical environment, or in the health industry.
  • Collaborate with leading, internationally renowned experts in the field who will teach topical and current issues in biomedicine.
  • Conduct your own research project in our state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratories equipped with microscopy analysers, autoradiography, flow cytometry, high sensitivity HPLC and LC-MS, and neural stem cell and tissue culture facilities.

Summary

This innovative degree offers a fascinating opportunity to study modern and topical research areas in Cell Biomedicine. You will gain the essential skills required to prepare for your career in biomedical research, a clinical setting or within the health industry.

This postgraduate degree will provide you with advanced research training in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology and you will conduct your own lab based research project. With a focus on research methods, you will take you skills to the next level in producing your own research design, and developing your understanding of ethics in research projects and best practice in handling statistical datasets. The programme includes a variety of subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work that will give keep you up-to-date with the current advances in the field. You will learn the theoretical and technological aspects of cellular biomedicine and their practical applications within industry.

You will be taught by enthusiastic research-active experts in the field who conduct research in a diverse range of topics that you can choose to study such as cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer, microbial resistance to antibiotics, immune mechanisms of disease, stem cell research and molecular modelling in cell biology.

You will conduct your research project in our state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with microscopy analysers, autoradiography, flow cytometry, high sensitivity HPLC and LC-MS, and neural stem cell and tissue culture facilities.

You will automatically be a part of our Health Sciences Research Centre, a community of leading experts who are currently investigating a range of topical issues. You will participate in engaging discussions within research seminars on the latest developments within neuroscience and the health sciences.

Content

In this postgraduate programme, you will be trained in medical aspects of cell biology and pathology with a focus on the lab based research project. The programme has a strong focus on research methods and will provide you with necessary skills in research design, ethics and statistical methods.

You will learn the most recent advances in cellular biomedicine by being part of engaging subject-specific lectures, seminars, tutorials and conducting your own research. You will study the theoretical and technological and their practical applications in cellular biomedicine.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

This postgraduate programme provides both a solid academic basis and practical hands-on experience in the area of cellular biomedical sciences. It will prepare you for careers in academia, clinical research, the health industry or within government organisations.



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The area of cancer immunotherapy considers how to use conventional therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Read more
The area of cancer immunotherapy considers how to use conventional therapies including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Whilst these treatment have served well and new drugs will continue to be designed, clinical trials over the last five years have shown that boosting the body’s immune system, whose main task is to deal with invading pathogens, can help our immune system to destroy tumour cells. Many of the new immunotherapies may be tested in combination with more conventional treatments or tested alone, but investigators and oncologists now believe immunotherapy, initially combined with pharmacological treatments, will soon provide curative therapies and certainly give many patients a new lease of life.

More about this course

Worldwide the incidence of cancer is increasing, and is expected to reach 22 million new cases per year by 2030. In addition to treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery, chemotherapy has a vital role to play in prolonging the lives of patients.

The aims of the Cancer Immunotherapy MSc are to:
-Provide an in-depth understanding of the molecular targets at which the different classes of anticancer drugs are aimed, and of how drug therapies are evolving
-Review the biology of cancer with respect to genetics, pathological considerations, and the molecular changes within cells which are associated with the progression of the disease
-Enhance intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of scientific data
-Deliver a programme of advanced study to equip students for a future career in anti-cancer drug and immunotherapy development
-Cover new areas in immunotherapy (some of which may enhance existing pharmacological therapies including: History of immunotherapy and review of immune system; Monoclonal antibodies in cancer therapy and prevention; DNA vaccines against cancer; Adoptive T cell therapy; Dendritic cell vaccines; Antibodies that stimulate immunity; Adjuvant development for vaccines; Epigenetics and cancer: improving immunotherapy; Immuno-chemotherapy: integration of therapies; Exosomes and Microvesicles (EMVs) in cancer therapy and diagnosis; Dendritic cell vaccine development and Pox virus cancer vaccine vectors; Microbial causes of cancer and vaccination

Students will have access to highly qualified researchers and teachers in pharmacology and immunology, including those at the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Research Centre. Skills gained from research projects are therefore likely to be highly marketable in industry, academia and in the NHS. Students will be encouraged to join the British Society of Immunology and the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles.

Assessment is a combination of coursework, which includes tests and essays, the research project and its oral defence and examination.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Advanced Immunology (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer Immunotherapy (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer Pharmacology (core, 20 credits)
-Cancer: Diagnosis and Therapy (core, 20 credits)
-Molecular Oncology (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project (core, 60 credits)
-Scientific Frameworks for Research (core, 20 credits)

After the course

Students will have many opportunities to work in industry. There are established industries working hard to develop cancer immunotherapies including Bristol-Myers Squibbs, MERCK, AstraZeneca and Roche. There are also an innumerate number of start-up companies appearing including Omnis Pharma, UNUM Therapeutics and Alpine Immune Sciences.

Students will also have ample opportunity for future postgraduate study either within the School of Human Sciences and the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Centre at the MPhil/PhD level or beyond, even with some of our research partners within the UK, Europe and beyond.

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The first course of its kind in the UK, the Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies. From Bench to Market MSc combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. Read more

The first course of its kind in the UK, the Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies: From Bench to Market MSc combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. It is designed to develop expertise in the biological, commercial and regulatory aspects of cellular therapy, along with its application in biomedicine and equips students to pursue a business-based career in cellular therapy or related disciplines.

Key benefits

  • Work alongside leaders in the field at King’s Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine – a focal point in the UK for cutting edge research in this field.
  • Produce credible business plans for the application of cellular therapy in clinical settings, taking into consideration science, patient benefits, ethical code, regulations and market laws.
  • Learn to conduct investigations, analyse the results using various qualitative and quantitative methods and draw valid conclusions for commercialisation of cellular therapy.
  • Mentoring sessions by King’s academics and external guests
  • Outstanding networking opportunities with leaders in the field (scientists, biotechnology/pharma, financial services, stem cell manufacturing, regulatory and public sectors)

Description

Cellular therapies have attracted much interest in recent years in virtually all disciplines of medicine with over 2,700 clinical trials enrolled between 2000 and 2010. As of today, http://www.clinicaltrials.gov has over 27,800 registered cellular therapy clinical trials. The complexity of issues relating to cell manufacturing, the underlying regulatory framework, reimbursement and viable business models, each represent challenges that profoundly undermine the timing and the delivery of a viable healthcare model. Our programme will provide tools that aid the understanding of these complex issues within an integrated and commercial context.

This one-year advanced study course explores the biological, regulatory and business aspects of cellular therapy in the fields of biomedicine. You will study a range of modules that include Stem Cells in Cellular Therapies & Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies in Immunology. You will also complete a dissertation related to business strategy development for cellular therapy.

You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the 15,000 – 18,000-word dissertation.

Course format and assessment

Teaching style and study time

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Methods of assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of the following:

  • essays
  • poster presentation
  • journal club-style presentation
  • oral presentations
  • case study.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

 Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Denmark Hill and Guy’s campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates go on to careers in business development and commercialisation of stem cells products and services, while others go on to pursue a career in the research sector.

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Regenerative Medicine is a vibrant area multidisciplinary area, encompassing life science and medicine, pharmaceutical-related approaches, as well as the use of cell-based therapies, to include also various types of stem-cells, bioactive scaffolds and drug delivery modalities. Read more

The Exciting Area of Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine is a vibrant area multidisciplinary area, encompassing life science and medicine, pharmaceutical-related approaches, as well as the use of cell-based therapies, to include also various types of stem-cells, bioactive scaffolds and drug delivery modalities. This 21st Century Medicine holds the promise of contributing to the development of alternatives to long-term, high-cost care approaches for many degenerative and age-related diseases, but at the same time is a rich area for question-driven research.

About the Course

The MSc Regenerative Medicine (taught masters) will provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to gaining a critical knowledge and training in the biological and chemical basis of tissue regeneration. You will cover subject such as stem cell biology, biotechnology, and tissue engineering. Students will be also made aware of the basics of intellectual property law, regulatory affairs, and ethical issues playing a role in the regenerative medicine industry. The delivery of the course comprises a mixture of structured taught modules, practical activities and self-directed study. The degree culminates in a laboratory-based research dissertation project.
Students will access high-specification laboratory facilities and benefit from the expertise of academics active in research projects at national and international level, with numerous opportunities to network with expert in the fields.

It is a vibrant area of endeavour, involving multidisciplinary interactions and strong employment opportunities for those trained in the field. Master Graduates will be well placed to secure jobs in academic research, as well as a wide range of careers outside the laboratory to include biotechnology business, legal sciences, and science communication. Additionally, the course prepares students for studies at PhD level.

Module on this Course

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 helping strengthening skills of communication, team working, and self-evaluation. The Master degree culminates with a research project dissertation providing you with the opportunity to fully engage with contemporary research in the field; numerous opportunities for conducting part or the entirety of this research project outside the University or abroad can be discussed as required.

These are the Modules on this Course:
• Cell Biology and Biotechnology
• Developmental Biology and regeneration
• Advanced Laboratory Skills
• Research Methods
• Stem Cell Biology
• Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering
• Dissertation Project

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ENGINEERING THE FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION OF TISSUES AND ORGANS. Combine fundamental disciplines such as stem cell biology, materials science and biomechanics with more applied disciplines such as cell therapy, implantations and imaging. Read more

ENGINEERING THE FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION OF TISSUES AND ORGANS

Combine fundamental disciplines such as stem cell biology, materials science and biomechanics with more applied disciplines such as cell therapy, implantations and imaging. New collaborations amongst these disciplines assist in innovation in fundamental life sciences research but also in new patient therapies and clinical applications with the ultimate goal to restore lost tissue or organ function. Sounds interesting? Join our programme!

GAIN DEEPER INSIGHT THROUGH A UNIQUE COLLABORATION

Do you want contribute to current and future health care applications? Join the rapidly emerging field of regenerative medicine! Become a multidisciplinary scientists and help stimulate research at the interface between biomedical sciences, engineering and clinical application.

Regenerative Medicine and Technology is a cooperation between Utrecht University, the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The combined expertise, various state-of-the-art laboratories and research groups equip you with an understanding of processes ranging from specific cell culturing techniques, the use of biomaterials to computer models and imaging modalities.

WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND TECHNOLOGY AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

  • Learn to combine a technological (TU/e), clinical (UMC Utrecht) and biomedical (Utrecht University) point of view in multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Worldwide partners allow you to do your internship at prestigious partner institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), King’s College London and the Karolinska Institute.
  • Collaborate to address current health care problems with a multidisciplinary approach at our state-of-the-art Utrecht Regenerative Medicine Center.
  • Take part in a lively research environment in academia, consultancy companies or industry during your six to nine month internships.
  • Take theoretical courses and seminars as well as master classes led by specialists in the field in both Eindhoven and Utrecht. The courses are interactive, and challenge students to further improve their communication, writing and presenting skills.
  • Create your own personal Master’s programme by choosing and planning your electives and internship projects according to your ambitions and interest.


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Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments is the focus of all biomedical research. Read more

Human tissue repair after injury and in disease and the development of effective treatments is the focus of all biomedical research. This MRes, taught by leading research scientists and clinicians, offers specialised training and provides a foundation year for a biomedical research career.

About this degree

The programme will provide knowledge of the fundamentals of inflammation and the immune response in human health and disease; cellular and molecular mechanisms of human tissue repair and the development of therapies designed to repair and restore tissue function; treatments including immunotherapy, stem cell therapy, transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices. Students will obtain additional practical, analytical and transferable skills essential in biomedical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

This programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one specialisation optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Research Methodologies for Human Tissue Repair
  • Practical Cell Culture Analysis

Students choose one of the following specialisation modules depending on the route they wish to follow: Inflammation; Immunotherapy; Transplantation Science:

  • Immunological Basis of Disease
  • Inflammation and Disease
  • Transplantation Science

Dissertation/report

Students undertake a six-month research project in a research laboratory.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Human Tissue Repair MRes

Careers

The programme will prepare students for further academic study and to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. It will also provide the foundation and links for careers engaged in the public healthcare sector and the NHS, in industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, and scientific media and publishing houses.

Employability

Students will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as equipping them with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences.

The UCL Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science jointly offer an MRes within the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) based at the Royal Free Campus, to deliver the only programme with an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy.

The programme aims to harness basic, biomedical and clinical expertise and research strengths assembled from across UCL institutes and divisions and UCL partner hospitals, and together with industrial colleagues will provide world-leading cohesive teaching and training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This Masters in Translational Medicine is the first year of a British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD studentship. it is not offered as an individual programme of study. Read more
This Masters in Translational Medicine is the first year of a British Heart Foundation 4-Year PhD studentship: it is not offered as an individual programme of study.

Why this programme

◾The programme will provide you with the skills needed to assess critically recent advances in biology relevant to human disease.
◾It covers the areas of cardiovascular medicine, inflammation and immunology, neuroscience, mathematics, bioinformatics and cell biology, and advances in fundamental biomedical science relevant to integrative mammalian biology.
◾You will be taught the administrative procedures and ethical and project planning requirements for applying for statutory licenses (personal and project) for animal work as well as ethical aspects of gene and cell therapy.
◾The University is one of the few centres in the UK offering BHF 4-Year PhD studentships. Successful applicants accepted into the programme will be fully funded. For more information, see: BHF 4 year PhD programme.

Programme structure

The programme is part of a 4-year PhD with the first year being an MRes. The MRes is made up of three individual 12-week research placements after an intense two-week induction. Each project will be based on different themes with three different supervisors. Years 2-4 make up the PhD portion of the programme.

Induction

You will be required to attend an in-depth introductory programme, which will provide training in research ethics, statistics, project design, literature review and laboratory safety techniques.

Placements

The induction is followed by three individual research placements. These are at the core of this programme, providing three separate projects to allow you to define your areas of interest for your PhD studies. Each placement is a 12-week project and this will be with three different principal supervisors. You will be encouraged to choose placements beyond your undergraduate subject experience to maximise your exposure to new techniques and science. Supervisors are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, such as medicine, biomedical and life sciences, mathematics, electronics and electrical engineering, and veterinary medicine.

Career prospects

You will be taught the practical laboratory skills needed to pursue a career in basic translational medicine and applied science through research projects. After successfully completing year 1, you will be awarded an MRes, and progress to a PhD. The programme produces fully trained scientists ready for progression to academic or industrial careers.

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This masters course will bring you up to speed with the post genomic era. We are now in a scientific age that has followed the game changing breakthrough that was the sequencing of the human genome. Read more
This masters course will bring you up to speed with the post genomic era. We are now in a scientific age that has followed the game changing breakthrough that was the sequencing of the human genome. But that was not the end, just the beginning. The “big” data being generated is coming out at an amazing rate. Personalised medicine is around the corner. We need skilled and talented biologists who are capable of analysing, processing and innovating. Gene therapy is hitting the headlines. Stem cell therapy may treat the previously untreatable. You can be part of this new golden age with a masters in medical genomics.

More about this course

We will be enhancing knowledge of genomic science from a health perspective. With our superb laboratory facilities we’re able to offer unique research project opportunities together with outstanding quality of teaching from research active staff.

We have access to guest lecturers at the highest levels of their profession who are collaborating with our staff (Barts, Imperial, Kings, UCL, St Georges, Brunel). In addition, we have a strong collaboration with the prestigious ACFIES in Columbia, which offers exciting international work exchange opportunities.
Students will be eligible to join the Royal Society of Biology with whom we are registering to be accredited.

We can offer unrivalled student learning support and our location means that the job market is on our doorstep. Connections with other prestigious universities mean that students will have the opportunity to meet and discuss their career options and secure work placements or apply for studentships.

You’ll be tested using a wide variety of assessment tools. We will ask students to write laboratory reports, give presentations, sit written exams, take part in debates, answer quizzes and experience virtual labs via asynchronous e-learning, make posters and defend their work aurally.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules includes:
-Biomedical Informatics (core, 20 credits)
-Fundamentals of Medical Genetics and Genomics (core, 20 credits)
-Medical Genetics (core, 20 credits)
-Research Project for Medical Genomics (core, 60 credits)
-Scientific Frameworks for Research (core, 20 credits)
-Advanced Immunology (option, 20 credits)
-Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling (option, 20 credits)
-Biomedical Diagnostics (option, 20 credits)
-Epidemiology of Emerging Infectious Disease (option, 20 credits)
-Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science (option, 20 credits)
-Molecular Oncology (option, 20 credits)

After the course

Genomics is important in both public and private domains. It is key for the NHS and via governmental initiatives (the 100,000 genome project). Thus there is a commensurate burgeoning of new genome centres in the UK and abroad: ie the Cambridge Genome centre. There are opportunities for people with degrees and training in human genetics. As genetic testing becomes part of many routine medical evaluations, more geneticists are needed to perform the tests. As genetics is recognised to be a basic part of all biological sciences, more teachers with expertise in genetics will also be needed. In India, genomics is growing through companies like Medgenome. It is indubitable that this is a currently growing area of the job market.

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Have you ever wondered how the latest life science discoveries - such as a novel stem cell therapy - can move from the lab into commercial scale production?… Read more

Have you ever wondered how the latest life science discoveries - such as a novel stem cell therapy - can move from the lab into commercial scale production? Would you like to know whether it is possible to produce bio-polymers (plastics) and biofuels from municipal or agricultural waste? If you are thinking of a career in the pharma or biotech industries, the Biochemical Engineering MSc could be the right programme for you.

About this degree

Our MSc programme focuses on the core biochemical engineering principles that enable the translation of advances in the life sciences into real processes or products. Students will develop advanced engineering skills (such as bioprocess design, bioreactor engineering, downstream processing), state-of-the-art life science techniques (such as molecular biology, vaccine development, microfluidics) and essential business and regulatory knowledge (such as management, quality control, commercialisation).

Three distinct pathways are offered tailored to graduate scientists, engineers, or biochemical engineers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers three distinct pathways tailored to: graduate scientists ("Engineering Stream"); graduate engineers from other disciplines ("Science Stream"); or graduate biochemical engineers ("Biochemical Engineering Stream"). The programme for all three streams consists of a combination of core and optional taught modules (120 credits) and a research or design project (60 credits).

Core modules

Students are allocated to one of the three available streams based on their academic background (life science/science, other engineering disciplines, biochemical engineering). The programme for each stream is tailored to the background of students in that stream. Core modules may include the following (depending on stream allocation). 

  • Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
  • Dissertation on Bioprocess Research
  • Fundamental Biosciences
  • Integrated Downstream Processing
  • Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries

Please go to the "Degree Structure" tab on the departmental website for a full list of core modules.

Optional modules

Optional modules may include the following (details will vary depending on stream allocation).

  • Bioprocess Management – Discovery to Manufacture
  • Bioprocess Microfluidics
  • Bioprocess Systems Engineering
  • Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
  • Commercialisation and Bioprocess Research
  • Vaccine Bioprocess Development

Please go to the "Degree Structure" tab on the departmental website for a full list of optional modules

Research project/design project

Students allocated to the "Engineering" stream will have to complete a bioprocess design project as part of their MSc dissertation.

Students allocated to the "Science" and "Biochemical Engineering" streams will have to complete a research project as part of their MSc dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and individual and group activities. Guest lectures delivered by industrialists provide a professional and social context. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, individual and group project reports, individual and group oral presentations, and the research or design project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Biochemical Engineering MSc

Careers

The rapid advancements in biology and the life sciences create a need for highly trained, multidisciplinary graduates possessing technical skills and fundamental understanding of both the biological and engineering aspects relevant to modern industrial bioprocesses. Consequently, UCL biochemical engineers are in high demand, due to their breadth of expertise, numerical ability and problem-solving skills. The first destinations of those who graduate from the Master's programme in biochemical engineering reflect the highly relevant nature of the training delivered.

Approximately three-quarters of our graduates elect either to take up employment in the relevant biotechnology industries or study for a PhD or an EngD, while the remainder follow careers in the management, financial or engineering design sectors.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Biopharmaceutical Processing Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Process Engineer, ExxonMobil
  • PhD Biochemical Engineering, UCL
  • Bio-Pharmaceutical Engineer, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Research Analyst, CIRS (Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science)

Employability

The department places great emphasis on its ability to assist its graduates in taking up exciting careers in the sector. UCL alumni, together with the department’s links with industrial groups, provide an excellent source of leads for graduates. Over 1,000 students have graduated from UCL with graduate qualifications in biochemical engineering at Master’s or doctoral levels. Many have gone on to distinguished and senior positions in the international bioindustry. Others have followed independent academic careers in universities around the world.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL was a founding laboratory of the discipline of biochemical engineering, established the first UK department and is the largest international centre for bioprocess teaching and research. Our internationally recognised MSc programme maintains close links with the research activities of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering which ensures that lecture and case study examples are built around the latest biological discoveries and bioprocessing technologies.

UCL Biochemical Engineering co-ordinates bioprocess research and training collaborations with more than a dozen UCL departments, a similar number of national and international university partners and over 40 international companies. MSc students directly benefit from our close ties with industry through their participation in the Department’s MBI® Training Programme.

The MBI® Training Programme is the largest leading international provider of innovative UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing designed primarily for industrialists. Courses are designed and delivered in collaboration with 70 industrial experts to support continued professional and technical development within the industry. Our MSc students have the unique opportunity to sit alongside industrial delegates, to gain deeper insights into the industrial application of taught material and to build a network of contacts to support their future careers. 

Accreditation

Our MSc is accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

The “Science” and “Biochemical Engineering” streams are accredited by the IChemE as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng, MIChemE).



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What is the Master of Biomedical Sciences all about?. Biomedical sciences underwent a spectacular evolution during the past decades. Read more

What is the Master of Biomedical Sciences all about?

Biomedical sciences underwent a spectacular evolution during the past decades. New diseases such as bird flu arose, whereas others such as AIDS and diabetes have expanded. At the same time, researchers are discovering new ways to fight these diseases. The human genome has been decoded, gene technology is steadily growing, immunotherapy has been introduced for the treatment of several cancers and the first steps in the direction of stem cell therapy have been made. The laboratories at KU Leuven and University Hospital Gasthuisberg deliver cutting edge work in the field of disease and development of new therapies, stretching from bench to bedside. The Master of Biomedical Sciences at KU Leuven allows students to live this journey themselves, hands on.

Do you dream of working on the frontline of the ongoing battle for a better understanding of human health and diseases? Are dedicated to applying this knowledge to better prevention and treatment options? Then this programme is for you. During the two master's years you will be truly immersed in scientific biomedical research. By doing scientific research in a domestic or foreign laboratory, you will gain thorough know-how, strengthen your scientific skills and learn the newest scientific methods. All of these skills and accumulated knowledge will be applied in the most important part of the master's programme: your master's thesis.

Objectives

The main goal of the curriculum is to train researchers in biomedical sciences by providing a rigorous scientific training based on the acquisition of knowledge, the collection and interpretation of information and the use of modern research techniques. This is expected to stimulate the critical thinking and independence required to address a specific research question related to (dys)function of the human body and its interaction with the environment. Furthermore, the curriculum provides broad, intellectually rigorous training allowing for a wide array of job opportunities in industry, research centres and society.

The aims of the curriculum follow the educational principles of KU Leuven, important among which is the independence of the student. For the acquisition of knowledge, the university uses its own high-quality interdisciplinary scientific research. KU Leuven aims to be a centre of critical thinking where, in addition to factual knowledge, people are stimulated to identify, define and solve problems.

The quality of the curriculum is guaranteed due to the strong interconnection between education and research in the Biomedical Sciences in the broadest sense. The faculty commits itself to a future-oriented educational project in an academic setting that is at once intellectually stimulating, socially supportive and student friendly.

Career perspectives

Internationalisation has become an integral part of the profile of researchers in biomedical sciences. International exchange is the key to opening mindsets to global solutions in health and disease. Graduates can expect to embark on international-level careers in very diverse areas touching on human health.

First and foremost, biomedical scientists are prepared for a personal career full of exciting scientific research in academic or pharmaceutical laboratories dedicated to improving knowledge in human health and finding prevention strategies and cures for diseases. Beyond this, there are many different directions open to you.

Many graduates go on to careers in consultancy, policy, sales and marketing, communication and management in areas related to human health, such as the pharmaceutical industry, scientific writing agencies, regulatory agencies and government administration. Graduates find rewarding work in a wide variety of sectors: the pharmaceutical industry, the academic or educational world, healthcare, the environmental sector and food inspection, among others.

Programme graduates are in high demand in the pharmaceutical and medical industry. As a biomedical scientist, for example, you provide thoroughly prepared research, which is a crucial phase in the development of new drugs and other medical products. It is also possible to cooperate with the set-up and follow-up of preclinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry. The programme gives you the perfect profile for clinical trial design, as well as the monitoring and conducting of these trials, on both the business and clinical sides of the process.

You can also work for service companies that deliver or develop products or equipment to the medical sector. Positions in government are also open to you, especially in the area of public health. Some biomedical scientists choose to specialise in the legislation around patents and the protection of biomedical discoveries, and others begin careers as biology, chemistry or biotechnology teachers. Additionally, there is a current need for experts who can clearly communicate scientific information and research results to non-specialists and the general public.



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We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments. Read more

We invite postgraduate research proposals in a number of disease areas that impact significantly on patient care. We focus on exploring the mechanisms of disease, understanding the ways disease impacts patients’ lives, utilising new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and developing new treatments.

As a student you will be registered with a University research institute, for many this is the Institute for Cellular Medicine (ICM). You will be supported in your studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

We undertake the following areas of research and offer MPhil, PhD and MD supervision in:

Applied immunobiology (including organ and haematogenous stem cell transplantation)

Newcastle hosts one of the most comprehensive organ transplant programmes in the world. This clinical expertise has developed in parallel with the applied immunobiology and transplantation research group. We are investigating aspects of the immunology of autoimmune diseases and cancer therapy, in addition to transplant rejection. We have themes to understand the interplay of the inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses by a variety of pathways, and how these can be manipulated for therapeutic purposes. Further research theme focusses on primary immunodeficiency diseases.

Dermatology

There is strong emphasis on the integration of clinical investigation with basic science. Our research include:

  • cell signalling in normal and diseased skin including mechanotransduction and response to ultraviolet radiation
  • dermatopharmacology including mechanisms of psoriatic plaque resolution in response to therapy
  • stem cell biology and gene therapy
  • regulation of apoptosis/autophagy
  • non-melanoma skin cancer/melanoma biology and therapy.

We also research the effects of UVR on the skin including mitochondrial DNA damage as a UV biomarker.

Diabetes

This area emphasises on translational research, linking clinical- and laboratory-based science. Key research include:

  • mechanisms of insulin action and glucose homeostasis
  • insulin secretion and pancreatic beta-cell function
  • diabetic complications
  • stem cell therapies
  • genetics and epidemiology of diabetes.

Diagnostic and therapeutic technologies

Focus is on applied research and aims to underpin future clinical applications. Technology-oriented and demand-driven research is conducted which relates directly to health priority areas such as:

  • bacterial infection
  • chronic liver failure
  • cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

This research is sustained through extensive internal and external collaborations with leading UK and European academic and industrial groups, and has the ultimate goal of deploying next-generation diagnostic and therapeutic systems in the hospital and health-care environment.

Kidney disease

There is a number of research programmes into the genetics, immunology and physiology of kidney disease and kidney transplantation. We maintain close links between basic scientists and clinicians with many translational programmes of work, from the laboratory to first-in-man and phase III clinical trials. Specific areas:

  • haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • renal inflammation and fibrosis
  • the immunology of transplant rejection
  • tubular disease
  • cystic kidney disease.

The liver

We have particular interests in:

  • primary biliary cirrhosis (epidemiology, immunobiology and genetics)
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • fibrosis
  • the genetics of other autoimmune and viral liver diseases

Magnetic Resonance (MR), spectroscopy and imaging in clinical research

Novel non-invasive methodologies using magnetic resonance are developed and applied to clinical research. Our research falls into two categories:

  • MR physics projects involve development and testing of new MR techniques that make quantitative measurements of physiological properties using a safe, repeatable MR scan.
  • Clinical research projects involve the application of these novel biomarkers to investigation of human health and disease.

Our studies cover a broad range of topics (including diabetes, dementia, neuroscience, hepatology, cardiovascular, neuromuscular disease, metabolism, and respiratory research projects), but have a common theme of MR technical development and its application to clinical research.

Musculoskeletal disease (including auto-immune arthritis)

We focus on connective tissue diseases in three, overlapping research programmes. These programmes aim to understand:

  • what causes the destruction of joints (cell signalling, injury and repair)
  • how cells in the joints respond when tissue is lost (cellular interactions)
  • whether we can alter the immune system and ‘switch off’ auto-immune disease (targeted therapies and diagnostics)

This research theme links with other local, national and international centres of excellence and has close integration of basic and clinical researchers and hosts the only immunotherapy centre in the UK.

Pharmacogenomics (including complex disease genetics)

Genetic approaches to the individualisation of drug therapy, including anticoagulants and anti-cancer drugs, and in the genetics of diverse non-Mendelian diseases, from diabetes to periodontal disease, are a focus. A wide range of knowledge and experience in both genetics and clinical sciences is utilised, with access to high-throughput genotyping platforms.

Reproductive and vascular biology

Our scientists and clinicians use in situ cellular technologies and large-scale gene expression profiling to study the normal and pathophysiological remodelling of vascular and uteroplacental tissues. Novel approaches to cellular interactions have been developed using a unique human tissue resource. Our research themes include:

  • the regulation of trophoblast and uNk cells
  • transcriptional and post-translational features of uterine function
  • cardiac and vascular remodelling in pregnancy

We also have preclinical molecular biology projects in breast cancer research.

Respiratory disease

We conduct a broad range of research activities into acute and chronic lung diseases. As well as scientific studies into disease mechanisms, there is particular interest in translational medicine approaches to lung disease, studying human lung tissue and cells to explore potential for new treatments. Our current areas of research include:

  • acute lung injury - lung infections
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • fibrotic disease of the lung, both before and after lung transplantation.

Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics

Our research projects are concerned with the harmful effects of chemicals, including prescribed drugs, and finding ways to prevent and minimise these effects. We are attempting to measure the effects of fairly small amounts of chemicals, to provide ways of giving early warning of the start of harmful effects. We also study the adverse side-effects of medicines, including how conditions such as liver disease and heart disease can develop in people taking medicines for completely different medical conditions. Our current interests include: environmental chemicals and organophosphate pesticides, warfarin, psychiatric drugs and anti-cancer drugs.

Pharmacy

Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.



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On this course, you’ll learn from research scientists at the forefront of cancer research and cancer therapy design, based in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre. Read more
On this course, you’ll learn from research scientists at the forefront of cancer research and cancer therapy design, based in the Genome Damage and Stability Centre.

You’ll receive comprehensive training in the wide range of research skills required for a research career. This gives you a thorough understanding of the molecular basis and cell biology of cancer.

Studying in a research-intensive environment, you’ll gain laboratory, analytical and experimental experience as well as a grounding in the necessary bioinformatics and experimental theory.

How will I study?
You will study core modules, building your understanding of laboratory techniques and theory. You’ll have access to an exciting variety of options allowing you to pursue your interests. You’ll learn in a group through:
-Lectures
-Laboratory work
-Seminars
-Student-led activities

You also work on a more individual basis with your supervisor on the final research project, which sees you tackle real-world problems in a laboratory research group.

We use reports, unseen examinations, essays, problems sets and presentations to assess your work. You’ll also write a dissertation as part of the research project.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

Geoff Lockwood Scholarship (2017)
-1 scholarship for Postgraduate (taught) of £3,000 fee waive
-Application deadline: 24 July 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

Careers
This MSc provides you with a range of transferable skills, knowledge and opportunities to pursue a high-level career in industry or research.

As well as going on to PhDs at Sussex and elsewhere, and to research posts, our graduates have also moved into fields such as publishing and the charity sector.

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This course explores the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and looks at how genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease. Read more

This course explores the molecular biology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and looks at how genomes are mutated, analysed and manipulated in the detection, study and therapy of disease. The course includes optional modules for you to select depending upon your aspirations and interests.

Modules:

  • Research Methods and Bioethics
  • Research Project
  • Molecular Biology
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Techniques in Macromolecular Analysis

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Visit us on campus throughout the year, find and register for our next open event on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgevents.



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