Tissue engineering is an ever-emerging interdisciplinary field of biomedical research, which combines life, engineering and materials sciences, to progress the maintenance, repair and replacement of diseased and damaged tissues. The Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering & Repair (CITER) MSc in Tissue Engineering aims to provide graduates from life sciences and clinical backgrounds with an advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the science and practice of tissue engineering; from theoretical science, through to research translation and clinical application. The Programme provides in-depth training in this branch of biomedical science, including stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue/organ engineering. The MSc offers a balanced combination of theory and practice; and can serve either as preparation for a PhD or as a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right. The MSc in Tissue Engineering is both lecture- and laboratory-based, and includes a number of opportunities to visit relevant clinical settings and local industrial partners. Graduates from this Programme will have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making them highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments.
Distinctive features of this course include:
• The first course of its kind in the UK, created in response to demand in the field of tissue engineering for interdisciplinary teaching.
• Excellent clinical, academic and research facilities.
• High probability of further research study and careers in tissue engineering and repair, relevant to the CITER MSc remit.
• Opportunity to study at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s major teaching and research universities.
• Opportunity to join a vibrant postgraduate community.
The CITER MSc Programme commences in September each year with Stage 1, a 6-month, taught component.
Stage 1 is taught almost entirely at a small group teaching level, supported by laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant hospital clinics and local companies involved in producing tissue engineering and repair therapies. Modules are assessed by various written assignments, presentations and formal examinations.
On completing Stage 1, students undertake a 5-month, laboratory-based research project within the CITER network, between April-September (Stage 2). Projects are chosen by students from topics supplied by academic supervisors within CITER. Previous student projects have been in research areas such as embryonic or mesenchymal stem cell biology; cartilage, bone, skin or oral tissue repair; fibrosis; and biomaterials and drug delivery. Stage 2 culminates in the submission of an MSc Dissertation, based on MSc Project findings.
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Tissue Engineering From Concept To Clinical Practice
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Teaching is delivered via lectures, laboratory sessions, interactive workshops and tutorials, in addition to visits to relevant hospital clinics, such as orthopaedics, nephrology and dermatology, and local companies involved in producing tissue engineering and repair therapies.
This Programme is based within the School of Dentistry and taught by academic staff from across Cardiff University and by external speakers.
All taught modules within the Programme are compulsory and students are expected to attend all lectures, laboratory sessions and other timetabled sessions. Students will receive supervision to help them complete the dissertation, but are also expected to engage in considerable independent study. Dissertation topics are normally chosen by the students from a list of options proposed by CITER academic staff in areas relevant to the MSc in Tissue Engineering.
All Modules within the Programme make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which students will find course materials and links to related materials. Students will be supervised when undertaking their dissertation. Supervision will include scheduled regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance; and provide written feedback on draft dissertation contents.
Students will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral/poster presentations.
The 4 taught Modules within the Programme are assessed through in-course assessments, including:
Dissertation (no more than 20,000 words).
After successfully completing this MSc, you should have a broad spectrum of knowledge and a variety of skills, making you highly attractive both to potential employers and research establishments.
Since its introduction in 2006, 95% of our MSc graduates have progressed onto career paths highly relevant to the CITER MSc remit. These include PhDs within CITER and at other UK, EU and USA Universities, Graduate-Entry Medicine, Specialist Registrar Training, Teaching, and positions in Industry and Clinical Laboratory settings.