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Every day we are hearing of ground breaking advances in the field of tissue engineering which offer tremendous potential for the future of regenerative medicine and health care. Staff at Swansea University are active in many aspects of tissue engineering.
We are actively researching many aspects of tissue engineering including the following areas:
- Characterisation and control of the stem cell niche
- Mechanical characterisation of stem cells and tissues
- Production of novel scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Electrospinning of scaffold materials
- Cartilage repair and replacement
- Bone repair and replacement
- The application of nanotechnology to regenerative medicine
- Wound healing engineering
- Reproductive Immunobiology
- Bioreactor design
As an MSc By Research Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine student, you will join one of the teams at Swansea University working in tissue engineering and use state of the art research equipment within the Centre for NanoHealth, a collaborative initiative between the College of Engineering and Swansea University Medical School.
The MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.
The aim of this MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is to provide you with a solid grounding within the field of tissue engineering and its application within regenerative medicine.
This will be achieved through a year of research in a relevant area of tissue engineering identified after discussion with Swansea academic staff. Working with two academic supervisors you will undertake a comprehensive literature survey which will enable the formulation of an experimental research programme.
As a student on the MSc by Research Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine course, you will be given the relevant laboratory training to undertake the research program. The research will be written up as a thesis that is examined. You will also be encouraged to present your work in the form of scientific communications such as journals and conference poster presentation.
The MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine will equip you with a wealth of research experience and knowledge that will benefit your future career in academia or the health care industries.
Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Tissue Engineering at Swansea University include:
- Quality assurance of human stem cell/primary cell bank
- The development of electrospinning techniques for the production of novel tissue engineering scaffolds.
- The incorporation of pulsed electromagnetic fields into wound dressings.
- The application of pulsed electromagnetic fields for improved wound healing.
- The use of nanoparticles in the control of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds.
- The control of bacterial adhesion at surfaces relevant to regenerative medicine.
- The production of micro-porous particles for bone repair
The £22 million Centre for Nanohealth is a unique facility linking engineering and medicine, and will house a unique micro-nanofabrication clean room embedded within a biological research laboratory and with immediate access to clinical research facilities run by local NHS clinicians.
The academic staff of the Medical Engineering discipline have always had a good relationship with industrial organisations. The industrial input ranges from site visits to seminars delivered by clinical contacts.
The close proximity of Swansea University to two of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK outside of London also offers the opportunity for collaborative research.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.
Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:
Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK
Regenerative Medicine harnesses the intrinsic developmental programs by which the tissues and organs of the body are laid down, as well as the natural repair and regenerative capacity of the body, to provide solutions to the problems of degenerative diseases.
These solutions may concern direct tissue replacement, indirect mechanisms to ameliorate disease or enhance intrinsic tissue repair, or the development of pharmaceutical therapies. As such, it is of increasing interest to Life Sciences industries that seek to provide products and processes to the healthcare sector, and to healthcare providers such as the NHS.
This programme is intended to meet current and future needs of the pharmaceutical industry and health care providers by providing a cadre of well-trained scientists capable of fulfilling managerial, administrative, research and technical roles within the developing commercial regenerative medicine sector.
Our programme covers key theoretical and practical aspects of the growth and maintenance of pluripotent stem cell lines, the directed differentiation of these cells into defined tissue phenotypes, and the maintenance of the differentiated state under conditions suitable for drug testing/screening programs.
Essential elements of good practice will also be included, such as quality assurance and the regulatory framework that surrounds the derivation, storage and use of human cells. The course has a strong element fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.
Our teaching is multidisciplinary, with contributions from the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry and bioinformatics.
The programme contains both taught and independent project components.
The laboratory placement is a key component of the course where students gain real world experience of regenerative medicine. The placements may be in an industrial or academic environment depending on the aspirations and career interests of the student. In some cases the placements may not involve hands-on laboratory research but may include aspects of the regulation of regenerative therapies or development of new businesses.
Financial assistance may be available to cover travel expenses to the location of the industrial placement.
Graduates will be equipped for a variety of roles within the developing commercial regenerative medicine sector.
Regenerative Medicine and Technology (RMT) combines fundamental disciplines such as stem cell biology, materials science and biomechanics with more applied disciplines such as cell therapy, implantology and imaging. New collaborations amongst these disciplines can assist in innovation in fundamental life sciences but also in new patient therapies and clinical applications with the ultimate goal to restore lost tissue or organ function.
This Master’s programme aims to train multidisciplinary scientists and to stimulate innovative research at the interface between biomedical sciences, engineering and clinical application. The rapidly emerging multidisciplinary field of regenerative medicine has significant effects on current and future health care applications. Our strong focus on technology will equip you with an understanding of processes ranging from specific cell culturing techniques and the use of biomaterials to computer models and imaging modalities.
Utrecht University offers the Master’s programme in cooperation with the University Medical Center Utrecht and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The programme combines the expertise of both universities and provides access to their state-of-the-art laboratories and research groups.
As a Master’s student of Regenerative Medicine and Technology you will take theoretical courses and seminars as well as master classes led by renowned 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. During your six to nine month internships you work in a lively research environment in academia or in consultancy companies and industry.
Regenerative Medicine and Technology will address the shortage of donor organs/tissue by providing the opportunity to produce tissue substitutes. As a graduates you can pursue a career in academic (PhD) or in industrial and commercial directions, including R&D, sales and consultancy.
Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine are rapidly expanding fields with the potential to revolutionise modern medicine. This cross-disciplinary programme provides students with a robust scientific understanding in these fields, combined with a "hands-on" practical and translational focus.
This programme will equip students with a critical understanding of:
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).
A PG Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular study mode only, over a maximum two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).
*PG Cert - compulsory modules
Choose one of the following options; attendance at the other module is possible but will not be assessed.
All students undertake an extensive laboratory-based (90 credits) research project which culminates in a dissertation of c.15,000 words and an individual viva voce.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group discussions, practical sessions, and demonstrations. Assessment is through presentations, problem-solving workshops, written practical reports, coursework, unseen written examinations and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Student career options and progression during and following the completion of the degree are considered to be of the utmost importance. Personal tutors will offer individual advice and seminars are arranged on a variety of career competencies including CV writing, writing research proposals and positive personal presentation.
Networking with world-leading scientists, new biotechnology CEO's and clinicians is encouraged and enabled throughout the programme. Research output in terms of publishing papers and presenting at conferences is also promoted.
Recent career destinations include:
Recent career destinations for this degree
Graduates of the programme gain the transferable laboratory, critical and soft skills, such as science communication, necessary to pursue a scientific or clinical research career in the fields of nanomedicine and regenerative medicine.
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.
Based within the world-leading medical research environment of the UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science this MSc retains a clinical focus and addresses real medicine needs. Students learn about the route of translation from research ideas into actual products which can benefit patients.
An in-depth laboratory-based research project is an integral component of the programme; expert support allows students to investigate cutting-edge projects and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.
Students are embedded within the vibrant research community of the Faculty of Medical Sciences which provides students - through research seminars, symposia and eminent guest lecturers - outstanding networking opportunities within the research, clinical and translational science communities.
The MRes offers exciting opportunities to develop advanced scientific, research and transferable skills required to become an independent researcher in Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine.
The MRes is organised by the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells & Regeneration (CHDSCR) (http://stemcells.org.uk/) which undertakes fundamental research into early development and stem cells, together with applied translational research targeting the NHS and patient benefit.
What does our MRes provide?
During the one year, full time programme, MRes students undertake bespoke taught modules in Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences, Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine, and Advanced Scientific Skills. Students also undertake two research projects totalling 32 weeks, to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and gain experience of working in different research environments. Students are supervised by internationally recognised Academic researchers in the CHDSCR.
Why the University of Southampton?
The University of Southampton is consistently ranked in the top 10 national and the top 100 international Universities. We are a world leading research intensive university, with a strong emphasis on education and are renowned for our innovation and enterprise.
Who should apply?
High-achieving Biological/Biomedical Science graduates interested in developing further laboratory based research skills and subject specific knowledge before committing to a PhD programme, or a career in academia, industry, government policy or science journalism.
How will this MRes enhance your career prospects?
In addition to providing broader training in the intellectual basis of scientific research in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine, the course will develop your transferable skills including time and project management, public speaking, critical appraisal and scientific writing, thus aiding employability for a variety of careers.
Gain professional level knowledge of tissue regeneration, stem cell biology and biochemistry. Develop skills in a fast growing area of biomedical research.
This course is ideal if you want to gain experience and knowledge in the sought-after field of regenerative medicine.
You’ll focus in particular on modern research in developmental biology, stem cell biology and tissue engineering, and how these can be applied to human health. You will develop an insight into the scientific principles and clinical applications, and how to apply these to human health. The course is a collaborative programme within the Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
The MRes provides a unique mix of taught components, extended laboratory projects, literature reviews and preparation of a grant proposal based on a research dissertation. You’ll gain an insight into a range of research activities and techniques, gaining the transferable skills training needed for all early stage researchers. You’ll also address the scientific, ethical and commercial context within which the research takes place.
All of the MRes courses can be studied as the first year of our Integrated PhD course.
- 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
- Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences
MRes degree programmes are designed for graduates who are contemplating a research career and who may go on to study for a PhD or to a position in industry involving interaction with research scientists.
If these do not apply, you might consider an MSc programme (http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/).
For further information please visit our department pages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/)
Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Recent employers include:
Royal United Hospital, Bath
Ministry of Defence
State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital
Find out more about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/bio-sci/
Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/graduate-school/taught-programmes/how-to-apply/