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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. Read more

Overview

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.

Highlights

- 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.

Modules

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.

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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.

Degree information

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.

Careers

The majority of our graduates have gone on to secure PhD places. Please see our programme website to read testimonials from past students which include their destinations following graduation.

Employability
This novel 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical, basic research and post-graduate 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 the Institute of Child Health, the Division of Infection and Immunity, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute for Women's Health, the Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute.

Keywords: Stem Cells, Therapy, Genomics, Regenerative Medicine, Gene Editing

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This programme aims to provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine - from the molecular to the whole system level. Read more
This programme aims to provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine - from the molecular to the whole system level.

Course Outline & Modules

This programme aims to provide a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine - from the molecular to the whole system level. The programme aims to enable students to develop an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments in these areas of modern biomedical sciences and its clinical and industrial application, as well as a practical skill set for further research and learning, e.g. PhD studies.

The opportunity to undertake a work experience placement will enable students to further their employability and transferable skills and develop links with participating clinical and industrial partners.

This course offers a flexible framework of core and optional modules. The core modules are:
-Advanced Laboratory Skills with data analysis and interpretation
-Understanding Professional Practice & Enhancing your Employability
-Mammalian Cell Biology and Culture
-Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Technology
-Tissue Formation, Function and Repair
-Models of Regeneration I

Optional modules include, but are not limited to:
-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine
-Transplantation Biology
-Finance and Business Management

Note that not all options may be available in any one year and that options will not proceed if the minimum student intake number is not reached.

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

The programme is delivered using a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars. Some modules will include group work. The core employability module will use visiting lecturers from industry to illustrate the potential employment avenues for graduates of this course. The course includes a research project, this is likely to be a laboratory-based project where students will collect and analyse their own data. Assessment methods employed include examinations and continuous assessment through coursework; these will differ for individual modules.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this course prepares students for a research-focussed role in industry, including the developing clinical field of stem cell therapies of regenerative medicine, or academia. Graduates can therefore expect to enter further research, in the form of a PhD or research assistant, or may undertake a career in the commercial or clinical sector.

Personal Development

Completion of this course prepares students for a research-focussed role in industry, including the developing clinical field of stem cell therapies of regenerative medicine, or academia. Graduates can therefore expect to enter further research, in the form of a PhD or research assistant, or may undertake a career in the commercial or clinical sector.

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The only Master’s specialisation in the Netherlands covering the function of our epigenome, a key factor in regulating gene expression and in a wide range of diseases. Read more

Master's specialisation in Medical Epigenomics

The only Master’s specialisation in the Netherlands covering the function of our epigenome, a key factor in regulating gene expression and in a wide range of diseases.
Our skin cells, liver cells and blood cells all contain the same genetic information. Yet these are different types of cells, each performing their own specific tasks. How is this possible? The explanation lies in the epigenome: a heritable, cell-type specific set of chromosomal modifications, which regulates gene expression. Radboud University is specialised in studying the epigenome and is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a Master’s programme in this field of research.

Health and disease

The epigenome consists of small and reversible chemical modifications of the DNA or histone proteins, such as methylation, acetylation and phosphorylation. It changes the spatial structure of DNA, resulting in gene activation or repression. These processes are crucial for our health and also play a role in many diseases, like autoimmune diseases, cancer and neurological disorders. As opposed to modifications of the genome sequence itself, epigenetic modifications are reversible. You can therefore imagine the great potential of drugs that target epigenetic enzymes, so-called epi-drugs.

Big data

In this specialisation, you’ll look at a cell as one big and complex system. You’ll study epigenetic mechanisms during development and disease from different angles. This includes studying DNA and RNA by next-generation sequencing (epigenomics) and analysing proteins by mass spectrometry (proteomics). In addition, you‘ll be trained to design computational strategies that allow the integration of these multifaceted, high-throughput data sets into one system.

Why study Medical Epigenomics at Radboud University?

- Radboud University combines various state-of-the-art technologies – such as quantitative mass spectrometry and next-generation DNA sequencing – with downstream bioinformatics analyses in one department. This is unique in Europe.
- This programme allows you to work with researchers from the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life sciences (RIMLS), one of the leading multidisciplinary research institutes within this field of study worldwide.
- We have close contacts with high-profile medically oriented groups on the Radboud campus and with international institutes (EMBL, Max-Planck, Marie Curie, Cambridge, US-based labs, etc). As a Master’s student, you can choose to perform an internship in one of these related departments.
- Radboud University coordinates BLUEPRINT, a 30 million Euro European project focusing on the epigenomics of leukaemia. Master’s students have the opportunity to participate in this project.

Career prospects

As a Master’s student of Medical Epigenomics you’re trained in using state-of-the art technology in combination with biological software tools to study complete networks in cells in an unbiased manner. For example, you’ll know how to study the effects of drugs in the human body.
When you enter the job market, you’ll have:
- A thorough background of epigenetic mechanisms in health and disease, which is highly relevant in strongly rising field of epi-drug development
- Extensive and partly hands-on experience in state-of-the-art ‘omics’ technologies: next-generation sequencing, quantitative mass spectrometry and single cell technologies;
- Extensive expertise in designing, executing and interpreting scientific experiments in data-driven research;
- The computational skills needed to analyse large ‘omics’ datasets.

With this background, you can become a researcher at a:
- University or research institute;
- Pharmaceutical company, such as Synthon or Johnson & Johnson;
- Food company, like Danone or Unilever;
- Start-up company making use of -omics technology.

Apart from research into genomics and epigenomics, you could also work on topics such as miniaturising workflows, improving experimental devices, the interface between biology and informatics, medicine from a systems approach.

Or you can become a:
- Biological or medical consultant;
- Biology teacher;
- Policy coordinator, regarding genetic or medical issues;
- Patent attorney;
- Clinical research associate;

PhD positions at Radboud University

Each year, the Molecular Biology department (Prof. Henk Stunnenberg, Prof. Michiel Vermeulen) and the Molecular Developmental Biology department (Prof. Gert-Jan Veenstra) at the RIMLS offer between five and ten PhD positions. Of course, many graduates also apply for a PhD position at related departments in the Netherlands, or abroad.

Our approach to this field

- Systems biology
In the Medical Epigenomics specialisation you won’t zoom in on only one particular gene, protein or signalling pathway. Instead, you’ll regard the cell as one complete system. This comprehensive view allows you to, for example, model the impact of one particular epigenetic mutation on various parts and functions of the cell, or study the effects of a drug in an unbiased manner. One of the challenges of this systems biology approach is the processing and integration of large amounts of data. That’s why you’ll also be trained in computational biology. Once graduated, this will be a great advantage: you’ll be able to bridge the gap between biology, technology and informatics , and thus have a profile that is desperately needed in modern, data-driven biology.

- Multiple OMICS approaches
Studying cells in a systems biology approach means connecting processes at the level of the genome (genomics), epigenome (epigenomics), transcriptome (transcriptomics), proteome (proteomics), etc. In the Medical Epigenomics specialisation, you’ll get acquainted with all these different fields of study.

- Patient and animal samples
Numerous genetic diseases are not caused by genetic mutations, but by epigenetic mutations that influence the structure and function of chromatin. Think of:
- Autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
- Cancer, in the forms of leukaemia, colon cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer
- Neurological disorders, like Rett Syndrome, Alzheimer, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis, schizophrenia and autism

We investigate these diseases on a cellular level, focusing on the epigenetic mutations and the impact on various pathways in the cell. You’ll get the chance to participate in that research, and work with embryonic stem cell, patient, Xenopus or zebra fish samples.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/medicalbiology/epigenomics

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The Biomedical Materials research degrees cover an exciting area of research in the School focusing both on fundamental understanding of interactions between man-made materials and biological tissues and the development of useful applications. Read more
The Biomedical Materials research degrees cover an exciting area of research in the School focusing both on fundamental understanding of interactions between man-made materials and biological tissues and the development of useful applications. We have close links with the world's leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies and the clinical applications of our research impact many areas of medicine.

The subject

The subject of biomedical materials covers those materials that are used in the context of biology and medicine, usually to evaluate, treat, augment or replace any tissue, organ or function of the body. In surgery, a biomaterial may be a synthetic material used to replace part of a living system or to function in intimate contact with living tissue.

A new area in biomaterials involves the exploration of nanotechnology for drug delivery, biological sensing or tissue regeneration. Examples of these bionanomaterials are small particles that may be used for the delivery of drug molecules to target sites within the body or to detect diseased areas.

Biomaterials are produced using chemical, physical, mechanical processes and they often employ or mimic biological phenomena in order for them to interact with their biological surroundings in defined ways.

Application of research

The clinical applications of our research impact many areas of medicine, including drug delivery, cancer, wound healing, stem cell technology, repair and regeneration of nerve, tendon, cartilage, bone, intevertebral disc, skin, ligament and cornea.

Industry collaboration

We have strong ties with industry, including ongoing collaboration with Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson, and Versamatrix A/S (Denmark), developing novel biomaterial based strategies for wound healing, bone repair, control of inflammation and drug delivery.

Facilities

To underpin the research and teaching activities, we have established state-of-the-art laboratories, which allow comprehensive characterisation and development of materials. These facilities range from synthetic/textile fibre chemistry to materials processing and materials testing.

To complement our teaching resources, there is a comprehensive range of electrochemical, electronoptical imaging and surface and bulk analytical facilities and techniques.

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The Biomedical Materials research degrees cover an exciting area of research in the School focusing both on fundamental understanding of interactions between man-made materials and biological tissues and the development of useful applications. Read more
The Biomedical Materials research degrees cover an exciting area of research in the School focusing both on fundamental understanding of interactions between man-made materials and biological tissues and the development of useful applications. We have close links with the world's leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies and the clinical applications of our research impact many areas of medicine.

The subject

The subject of biomedical materials covers those materials that are used in the context of biology and medicine, usually to evaluate, treat, augment or replace any tissue, organ or function of the body. In surgery, a biomaterial may be a synthetic material used to replace part of a living system or to function in intimate contact with living tissue.

A new area in biomaterials involves the exploration of nanotechnology for drug delivery, biological sensing or tissue regeneration. Examples of these bionanomaterials are small particles that may be used for the delivery of drug molecules to target sites within the body or to detect diseased areas.

Biomaterials are produced using chemical, physical, mechanical processes and they often employ or mimic biological phenomena in order for them to interact with their biological surroundings in defined ways.

Application of research

The clinical applications of our research impact many areas of medicine, including drug delivery, cancer, wound healing, stem cell technology, repair and regeneration of nerve, tendon, cartilage, bone, intevertebral disc, skin, ligament and cornea.

Industry collaboration

We have strong ties with industry, including ongoing collaboration with Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson, and Versamatrix A/S (Denmark), developing novel biomaterial based strategies for wound healing, bone repair, control of inflammation and drug delivery.

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The utilisation of stem cells in the clinical arena is one of the most exciting areas of medicine today. Our MSc is designed to enable you to develop an up-to-date, advanced understanding of this exciting area of medicine and clinical research. Read more
The utilisation of stem cells in the clinical arena is one of the most exciting areas of medicine today. Our MSc is designed to enable you to develop an up-to-date, advanced understanding of this exciting area of medicine and clinical research. Regenerative medicine has the potential to impact on conditions as varied as spinal injury, coronary heart disease and type 1 diabetes.

Why Study Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine with us?

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidencebased practice. We will develop your research and writing skills so that you will be in a position to contribute to the scientific literature in an effective manner.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.

What will I learn?

Our course is designed to provide an in-depth, current look at stem cell technology and its application in medicine. We look at stem cell theory and then apply this to clinical problems. You will develop critical analytical skills so that you will be able to evaluate new developments in research into regenerative medicine. You will also carry out a research project in one of these areas.

Seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers.

How will I be taught?

Our course consists of taught modules and a Research Dissertation.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning – all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, oral presentations, or data manipulation exercises.

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This programme is designed to provide up-to-date knowledge and understanding of core areas of biotechnology with particular emphasis on enhancing practical and research skills. Read more
This programme is designed to provide up-to-date knowledge and understanding of core areas of biotechnology with particular emphasis on enhancing practical and research skills. Within the programme, students will cover a range of diverse topics including: bioinformatics, diagnostics, genetic modification, stem cell technology and proteomics and modules will include "hands on" training in advanced laboratory techniques. Further study in research planning, scientific communication, and professional practice will provide opportunities for critical reflection and evaluation of current practice and policy, enabling lifelong learning and professional development in biotechnology.

Key benefits

- BMSRI is ranked within the top five out of 94 universities submitted in the UK REF2014 panel in terms of research power in biomedical science.

- Significantly, in REF2014 our research environment was awarded an unprecedented 100% 4* (world-leading) and 95% of our research impact was scored world leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) while 81% of research published papers were judged to be world leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*).

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-biotechnology-research-ft-ce

Course detail

- Course description -

Training in biotechnology research with a strong emphasis on development of advanced practical skills and research methods. The BMSRI research covers biomedicine from the molecular to the whole human including disease development, prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

- Course purpose -

The overall purpose of the course is to provide advanced education in biotechnology research. The main objective of the course is to improve the pool of knowledge and technological skills available to support biotechnology-based industry and research nationally and internationally.

- Course format and assessment -

Learning and Teaching Methods: Lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, group-work, module assignments, problem-based learning, and private study.

Assessment Methods: Coursework will assess outcomes and facilitate learning and the integration of knowledge. Structured coursework will include class test, case studies, literature-based assignments, a research project dissertation, supervisor’s report, plus other formative coursework as appropriate.

The course has a strong practical element, with laboratory classes integrated in the modules across the first two semesters. Over the summer semester students also have the opportunity to undertake their own independent research project within one of the research groups in the internationally renowned Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI) at Ulster.

Career options

This course aims to prepare students for employment in specific bioscience sectors and to equip them for continuing personal, professional and intellectual development throughout their careers.

On completion of this course, students will have gained experience of advanced laboratory techniques, problem-solving and research design in a range of Biotechnology areas and be well prepared to work in research positions or to proceed on to do a research degree in a related area.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms. Read more
Biomedical scientists are key contributors to modern healthcare, including disease diagnosis, monitoring of therapy and research into disease mechanisms. This course offers postgraduate training in a selected biomedical science discipline, either Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science, Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology or Infection Science, together with opportunities to advance skills and knowledge in laboratory management and accreditation, plus modern developments such as genomics and stem cell technology. The MSc course is accredited by the IBMS; individual modules may also be studied for CPD accreditation.

The MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This IBMS accredited course allows students who have studied biomedical sciences at undergraduate level both at home and overseas to develop their skills and knowledge, whether they are considering future employment within biomedical science laboratories or research routes. It will also benefit practitioners already in HCPC registered posts to aid career progression. The course can be studied on either a full time or part time basis, and individual modules can be taken for CPD.

The course offers the opportunity to specialise in a key area of biomedical science, extend practical laboratory experience and develop transferable and research skills to enhance future employability.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Students will study Professional and Laboratory Skills in Biomedical Science, Research Skills plus they elect to study one of the following modules:
-Haematology and Blood Transfusion Sciences
-Infection Science
-Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology

And two of the following modules:
-Genomics and Regenerative Medicine
-Independent Study in Biomedical Science
-Evidence Based practice in Biomedical Science
-Quality Management and ISO standards
-Laboratory Management, Leadership and Training (suitable for current HCPC practitioners in management roles)
-Introduction to Laboratory Leadership, Management and Training (suitable for students who are not currently in management roles)

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST132), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

MSc Biomedical Science graduates will be well placed to consider employment in several different areas of life sciences including the NHS, for example as a Trainee Biomedical Scientist in a pathology discipline or entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

Employment in commercial diagnostic laboratories, research organisations and sales and marketing are also options graduates may wish to consider. Opportunities are available both in the UK and overseas.

Examples of possible career routes include:
-NHS laboratories and similar private laboratories, PHE laboratories, the Blood Transfusion service
-University research laboratories
-Bioscience/Life Sciences private companies
-Laboratory Quality Assurance and Management

WORK PLACEMENTS

If you elect for the Extended Masters programme MSc Biomedical Science with Professional Experience (HLST139) you may apply for an internship lasting 2 semesters.

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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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THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO VALIDATION: https://www.keele.ac.uk/subjecttovalidation/

If you have ever spent some time in hospital, you are probably unaware that you were the beneficiary of medical devices that have been designed and developed by Medical Engineering Designers. Everything from the bed you lie on to the MRI scanner that shows your insides on a screen, to the blood pressure monitor, to the scalpel that cuts your skin is known as a Medical Device and will have had input from Medical Engineering Designers. Even if you have a blood pressure monitor at home, this is still a medical device and will have been designed by a Medical Engineering Designer. The aim of the MSc in Medical Engineering Design is to convert you into a Medical Engineering Designer so that you can work in this highly regulated design discipline.

The course is run by the School of Medicine (https://www.keele.ac.uk/medicine/) in collaboration with the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/).

Teaching takes place at the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the Royal Stoke University Hospital site, and also at the main University Campus. The School of Medicine is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research (https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/newsandevents/istmnews2015/istmrefratingsmar2014.php) in medical engineering and healthcare technologies.

The Guy Hilton Research Centre offers state-of-the-art laboratories housing equipment for translational research including newly-developed diagnostic instruments, advanced imaging modalities and additive manufacturing facilities. Its location adjacent to the University Hospital ensures that students experience real-world patient care and the role that technology plays. Students also have access to advanced equipment for physiological measurement, motion analysis and functional assessment in other hospital and campus-based laboratories.

The School embraces specialists working in Royal Stoke University Hospital, County Hospital in Stafford and specialist Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry. You therefore have the opportunity to specialise in any of the varied clinical disciplines offered at these hospitals.

Download the MSc Medical Engineering Design Leaflet (https://www.keele.ac.uk/media/keeleuniversity/fachealth/fachealthmed/postgraduate/MSc%20in%20Medical%20Engineering%20Design%20web.pdf)

The School also runs MSc courses in Biomedical Engineering (https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomed/) and in Cell and Tissue Engineering (https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/biomed/), and an EPSRC and MRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training, ensuring a stimulating academic environment for students and many opportunities for engaging with further study and research.

As a postgraduate student at Keele not only will you be joining a vibrant undergraduate community you will also be part of Keele's celebrated postgraduate family (the first student union dedicated to postgraduate students in the country). For more information on postgraduate life at Keele follow this link to the Keele Postgraduate Association (the link is http://www.kpa.org.uk).

Between March and September 2017 the University will be holding a number of Postgraduate Open Afternoons (https://www.keele.ac.uk/visiting/postgraduateopenafternoons/) to give prospective students the opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about Keele and postgraduate life in general. Please visit the Postgraduate Open Afternoons web page for more information.

Entry requirements:
Because this is a “conversion” course you need not have an engineering degree to apply. You must have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) based degree, but that could be anything from Biomedical Science, through Forensic Science, to Computer Science. Of course, if you have an engineering degree you can still apply.

We welcome applications with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline. We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University.

We recommend applicants discuss their first degree with the course tutor before applying to ensure that this course meets personal aspirations.

For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

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The MRes in Biomedical Research offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based medical science. The emphasis of the course is how to do successful research and the research area is decided by the student. Read more
The MRes in Biomedical Research offers advanced research training in a broad range of laboratory based medical science. The emphasis of the course is how to do successful research and the research area is decided by the student. Participating departments include Biomolecular Medicine, Molecular Medicine, Cancer Medicine, Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care, Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Leukocyte Biology and Cardiovascular Sciences.

The research interests of the participating departments cover many aspects of molecular, cellular and physiological science including Bacterial virulence, Biomarkers of disease, Bioinformatics, Carcinogenesis, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Cell Signalling, Chemokines and their receptors, DNA damage and Repair, Electrophysiology, Immunosuppression, Leukocyte biology, Live cell imaging, Metabolomics/Metabonomics, Microbial Pathogenesis, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Motors, Molecular Pharmacology, Molecular Toxicology, Muscle Physiology, and Vascular Development, Neurological receptors, Nuclear receptors, Sepsis, Single molecule microscopy, Stem Cell Biology.

Students complete two research projects of their own choosing and through a core programme learn how to collect, analyse and interpret scientific research findings. They learn how to prepare data for publication, how to present and defend research data at scientific meetings and how to put together a grant application. The core programme also introduces students to advanced research techniques through a series of workshops and offers students a wide range of transferable skills courses. In addition to the core programme, the course comprises of other streams that offer further opportunities in specific areas. The course is an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue a career in research and about 90% of past graduates have progressed to the PhD degree.

Please visit the course website for more information about how to apply, and for more information about the streams of specialism which run within the course.

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If you’re an international fee-paying student you could be eligible for a £3,000 discount when you start your course in January 2017. Read more
If you’re an international fee-paying student you could be eligible for a £3,000 discount when you start your course in January 2017.
http://www.shu.ac.uk/VCAwardJanuary2017

Enhance your knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on biotechnology and increase your competitiveness in the job market. Whether you are a new graduate or already employed and seeking to further your career prospects, this course offers a solid career development path. You can also choose this course if you wish to pursue research in biotechnology at PhD level.

Biotechnology is the application of biological processes and is underpinned by:
-Cell biology
-Molecular biology
-Bioinformatics
-Structural biology.

It encompasses a wide range of technologies for modifying living organisms or their products according to human needs.

Applications of biotechnology span medicine, technology and engineering. Important biotechnological advances including:
-The production of therapeutic proteins using cloned DNA, for example insulin and clotting factors.
-The application of stem cells to treat human disease.
-The enhancement of crop yields and plants with increased nutritional value.
-Herbicide and insect resistant plants.
-Production of recombinant antibodies for the treatment of disease.
-Edible vaccines, in the form of modified plants.
-Development of biosensors for the detection of biological and inorganic analytes.

You gain:
-Up-to-date knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of biological processes.
-An advanced understanding of DNA technology and molecular biotechnology.
-Knowledge of developing and applying biotechnology to diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
-Practical skills applicable in a range of bioscience laboratories.
-The transferable and research skills to enable you to continue developing your knowledge and improving your employment potential.

The course is led by internationally recognised academics who are actively involved in biotechnology research and its application to the manipulation of proteins, DNA, mammalian cells and plants. Staff also have expertise in the use of nanoparticles in drug delivery and the manipulation of microbes in industrial and environmental biotechnology.

You are supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor.

You begin your studies focusing on the fundamentals of advanced cell biology and molecular biology before specialising in both molecular and plant biotechnology. Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular biology techniques such as PCR and sub cloning alongside tissue culture.

Core to the program is the practical module where you gain experience in a range of techniques used in the determination of transcription and translational levels, for example.

All practicals are supported by experienced academic staff, skilled in the latest biotechnological techniques.

Research and statistical skills are developed throughout the program. Towards the end of the program you apply your skills on a two month research project into a current biotechnological application. Employability skills are developed throughout the course in two modules.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mscpgdippgcert-biotechnology

What is biotechnology

Biotechnology is the basis for the production of current leading biopharmaceuticals and has already provided us with the 'clot-busting' drug, tissue plasminogen activator for the treatment of thrombosis and myocardial infarction. It also holds the promise of new treatments for neurodegeneration and cancer through recombinant antibodies. Recombinant proteins are also found throughout everyday life from washing powders to cheese as well as many industrial applications.

Genetically modified plants have improved crop yields and are able to grow in a changing environment. Manipulation of cellular organisms through gene editing methods have also yielded a greater understanding of many disease states and have allowed us to understand how life itself functions.

Course structure

Full time – 14 months to Masters. Part time – typically 2 years to Masters. The Diploma and Certificate are shorter. Starts September and January.

The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) is achieved by successfully completing 120 credits.

Core modules
-Cell biology (15 credits)
-Biotechnology (15 credits)
-Plant biotechnology (15 credits)
-Molecular biology (15 credits)
-Applied biomedical techniques (15 credits)
-Professional development (15 credits)
-Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
-Research project (60 credits)

Options (choose one from)
-Human genomics and proteomics (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of disease (15 credits)
-Cellular and molecular basis of cancer (15 credits)

Assessment
Assessment methods include written examinations and coursework including: problem-solving exercises; case studies; reports from practical work; in-depth critical analysis; oral presentations. Research project assessment includes a written report and viva.

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Molecular medicine is transforming the way we understand and treat human diseases, from cancers to neurodegenerative disorders. Read more
Molecular medicine is transforming the way we understand and treat human diseases, from cancers to neurodegenerative disorders. Combining contemporary medical studies with biochemistry and molecular biology, this rapidly advancing area creates a bridge between the subjects, and draws on other fields such as physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.

This course examines how normal cellular processes are affected by disease. You gain an understanding of the core foundations of molecular medicine, studying the topics most relevant to the real world, and how this science may be used in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.

You learn about and appraise the approaches that can be used to address global health problems, including cancer as well as genetic and infectious diseases. The foundations that support investigations of molecular disease mechanisms and the search for new diagnostic tools and treatments will be laid, as you explore topics including:
-Gene and protein technology.
-Synthetic biology
-Bioinformatics
-Genomics

This course has a very high proportion of practical and bioinformatic work that provides valuable experience for your career. This includes our optional module Creating and Growing a New Business Venture, which challenges you to think creatively and increases your value to organisations, including small enterprises, which are a growing part of the biopharmaceutical sector.

Your research project is a major component of your course, in which you perform novel laboratory and/or bioinformatic research in one of our academic laboratories or (subject to approval) carry out research in an industrial or hospital setting.

Two-thirds of our research is rated “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014), and you learn from and work alongside our expert staff.

Our expert staff

As one of the largest schools at our University, we offer a lively, friendly and supportive environment with research-led study and high quality teaching. You benefit from our academics’ wide range of expertise and research on important national and international problems using cutting-edge techniques.

The University of Essex has a Women's Network to support female staff and students and was awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award in November 2013 in recognition of its continuing work to support women in STEM.

Specialist facilities

Recent investment has provided modern facilities for functional genomics, computational biology and imaging biological systems. On our course you have the opportunity to:
-Work in an open and friendly department, with shared staff-student social spaces
-Conduct your research alongside academics and PhD students in shared labs
-Learn to use state-of-the-art research facilities, from protein purification, to cell culture and imaging, to molecular modelling

Your future

Contribute to a growing industry and gain the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in biomedical research and industry, or continue your studies further in postgraduate science and medical degrees.

Advances in molecular medicine will continue to drive growth of new services and products in health care, biomedical and pharmaceutical organisations and companies, and our graduates are well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities in the life science, biotech and pharmaceutical industries and hospitals.

Many of our Masters students progress to study for their PhD, and we offer numerous studentships to support our students in their studies.

We work with our university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Research Project: MSc Molecular Medicine
-Protein Technologies
-Gene Technology and Synthetic Biology
-Professional Skills and the Business of Molecular Medicine
-Molecular Medicine and Biotechnology
-Genomics
-Advanced Medical Microbiology (optional)
-Human Molecular Genetics (optional)
-Cancer Biology (optional)
-Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
-Rational Drug Design (optional)
-Molecular and Developmental Immunology (optional)
-Cell Signalling (optional)
-Mechanisms of Neurological Disease (optional)

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Upon graduation from the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) you can be expected to. -Be fluent in medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher. Read more
Upon graduation from the Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine (TRANSMED) you can be expected to:
-Be fluent in medical sciences and clinical practice from the point of view of a researcher.
-Be familiar with up-to-date translational research methodologies.
-Be adept at scientific reasoning and critical analysis of scientific literature.
-Acknowledge the regulatory and ethical aspects of biomedical and clinical research.
-Have mastered scientific and medical terminologies.
-Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to find employment in an international and interdisciplinary professional setting.

The University of Helsinki will introduce annual tuition fees to foreign-language Master’s programmes starting on August 1, 2017 or later. The fee ranges from 13 000-18 000 euros. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have a permanent residence status in the area, are liable to these fees. You can check this FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees: https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/higher-education/higher-education-institutions-will-introduce-tuition-fees-in-autumn-2017/am-i-required-to-pay-tuition-fees/

Programme Contents

The TRANSMED studies are built upon three core educational themes:
Development of Research Skills
These include an introduction to current methodologies, which are further developed during a training period in a research group; research ethics: principles of clinical investigation; and writing of research or grant proposals.

Studies in Human Disease
These range from normal human physiology and anatomy, and basic biomedical courses, to more specialised studies covering various topics pertinent to the specialist option. You supplement these studies with clinical rounds, during which you have an opportunity to study selected patient cases in hospital wards, under the supervision of a clinician mentor.

Development of Communication Skills
These are promoted throughout the curriculum, through utilisation of interactive approaches and discussions, problem-based learning and oral presentations. The multidisciplinary TRANSMED community encompasses a wide range of educational backgrounds and provides ample opportunities for direct interactions with medical students, science and clinical teachers to enable you to practice and adopt interdisciplinary communication skills. At the end of the course of study, your communication skills will be evaluated in the final exam, during which you will orally present your research plan to expert examiners.

Selection of the Majors

The major of the programme is Translational medicine. During your first study year you can choose any of the five available specialisation options. These options and their specific goals are:
Neuroscience and Psychobiology
-To acquire knowledge on research methodology and state-of-the-art information in systems and cognitive neuroscience, as well as in clinical neuropsychology.
-To learn to produce new scientific information in the fields of psychobiology of human life, health, and stress, and to transfer the results between basic research and clinical settings.

Cancer
-To acquire basic knowledge of the principles of neoplastic growth, cancer progression and dissemination.
-To acquire basic understanding of the interplay between different cell types during neoplastic growth.
-To acquire knowledge of major research methodologies and disease models in cancer biology.

Regenerative Medicine
-To understand the principles of developmental and stem cell biology and regenerative pharmacology as the basis of regenerative therapies.
-To be familiar with the major technologies applied in regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, cell and organ transplantation and transplantation immunology.
-To understand the ethical principles of clinical translation of basic research and application of regenerative medicine therapies.

Metabolic Disorders
-To be able to understand the basic metabolic pathways.
-To understand the pathophysiology of metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
-To be able to use genetic knowledge as a basis for prediction, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders.

Cross-Disciplinary Translational Medicine
-To achieve a broad understanding of topics and methods in the field of Translational medicine.

Programme Structure

The scope of the programme is 120 credits (ECTS) and can be completed within two academic years (60 ECTS / year).

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree includes 60 ECTS of advanced and 60 ECTS of other studies. Both of these include both obligatory and optional studies.

The majority of the advanced studies are related to the chosen specialist option and include:
-Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
-Placement in a research group for learning advanced methods in your selected field of study
-Methodological and human health and disease-related courses
-Clinical rounds in Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) clinics
-Final examination in your field of specialisation

The other studies include e.g.
-Article analysis, scientific writing and presentation
-Biomedicine and introductory courses in research methods
-Career planning and orientation
-Individual study coaching and personal study plans
-Research ethics

You can select the optional courses based on your personal interests, or to support your chosen specialisation option. You can also include courses from other suitable Master’s programmes at the University of Helsinki, such as:
-Life Science Informatics
-Genetics and molecular biosciences
-Neuroscience
-Human Nutrition and Food Behaviour

You can also include studies in other universities under the flexible study right-agreement (JOO).

Career Prospects

The Master of Science in Translational medicine degree provides excellent opportunities to apply for and attend postgraduate studies. Currently, 50% of TRANSMED graduates are continuing their studies in doctoral programmes, either at the University of Helsinki or abroad.

TRANSMED graduates are also highly valued in the private sector. Around 35% of graduates have been employed directly by bioindustry, pharma or other health sector enterprises either in Finland or abroad. Titles include product manager, product specialist, personalised health care manager etc. All such enterprises usually recruit both at the graduate (MSc) and postgraduate (PhD) levels.

The health and health technology sectors represent a rapidly emerging field, and one of the areas with a growing importance as the population ages and the costs of new therapies steadily increase. Thus, the demand for well-trained specialists in the field of translational medicine is likely to increase in the near future, providing excellent career prospects globally.

Internationalization

The Translational Medicine major is only available in this international programme, making the programme attractive to both Finnish and international students. Indeed, opportunities for personal interaction with students from different cultures are an integral feature of the studies. During your studies, you can also volunteer to act as a tutor for the incoming international students.

The international research community in The Academic Medical Centre Helsinki actively participates in teaching in TRANSMED. You complete the research group practice for your Master’s thesis in multicultural research groups.

It is also possible to complete your Master’s thesis work or research group placement abroad, or to include coursework done at a foreign university.

Research Focus

The specialisation options of the programme – Neuroscience and psychobiology, Cancer, Regenerative medicine, Metabolic disorders, and Cross-disciplinary translational medicine – are closely aligned with the research focus areas of the Faculty of Medicine: malignancy, inflammation, metabolism, degenerative processes as well as psychiatric disorders and their mechanisms. You therefore have an opportunity to learn from, and be supervised by, the leading experts and professors in their fields.

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