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Cell and Tissue Engineering (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description


Located within a European Centre of Excellence for Tissue engineering, and based on Keele University’s local hospital campus, the MSc in Cell and Tissue Engineering provides support and development to enhance your career within this rapidly expanding field. The multidisciplinary environment enables close interaction with leading academics and clinicians involved in cutting-edge, and clinically transformative research.

Course Director: Dr Paul Roach ()

Studying Cell and Tissue Engineering at Keele

Our MSc Cell and Tissue Engineering programme has tracked alongside the strongly emergent global Regenerative Medicine industry and will prepare you for an exciting future within a range of medical engineering areas, be that in academic or industrial research, medical materials, devices, or therapeutics sectors, or in the clinical arena. The modular structure to the course enables flexibility and personalisation to suit your career aspirations, build upon strengths and interests and develop new understanding in key topics. The selection of modules on offer is professionally accredited by the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Graduate destinations for our students could include: undertaking further postgraduate study and research (PhD); pursuing a university-based, academic research career; providing technical consultancy for marketing and sales departments within industry; working within biomedical, biomaterials, therapeutic and regenerative medicine industries or working for a governmental regulatory agency for healthcare services and products.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/cellandtissueengineering/

‌The course provides support from the basics of human anatomy and physiology, through to development of novel nanotechnologies for healthcare. Due to the teaching and research involvement of clinical academic staff within the department, there are exciting opportunities to be exposed to current clinical challenges and state-of-the-art developments. Clinical visits and specialist seminars are offered and students will be able to select dissertation projects that span fundamental research to clinical translation of technologies – a truly ‘bench to bedside’ approach.

Learning and teaching methods include lectures and demonstrations from medical and engineering specialists, practical classes using state-of-the-art facilities and seminars with leading national and international researchers. Full-time study will see the course completed in 12 months; part-time study will allow you to complete it over two years.

About the department

Now delivered through the Keele Medical School and the Research Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, the course dates as far back as 1999, when it was established in partnership with Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics at the University Hospital. Most teaching now takes place in the Guy Hilton Research Centre, a dedicated research facility located on the hospital campus. The medical school is one of the top-ranked in the UK, and the research institute has an international reputation for world-leading research.

The centre was opened in 2006 and offers state-of-the-art 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 in that. 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 UHNM and RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry, covering key medical and surgical subspecialties.

The course runs alongside its sister course, the MSc in Biomedical Engineering, and an EPSRC-MRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training, ensuring a stimulating academic environment for students and many opportunities for engaging with further study and research.

Course Content

The aim of the course is to provide multidisciplinary Masters level postgraduate training in Cell and Tissue Engineering to prepare students for future employment in healthcare, industrial and academic environments. This involves building on existing undergraduate knowledge in basic science or engineering and applying it to core principles and current issues in medicine and healthcare.

Specifically, the objectives of the course are to:
- provide postgraduate-level education leading to professional careers in Cell and Tissue Engineering in industry, academia and a wide range of healthcare establishments such as medical organisations, medical research institutions and hospitals;

- provide an opportunity for in-depth research into specialist and novel areas of Biomaterials, and Cell and Tissue Engineering;

- expose students to the clinically translational environment within an active medical research environment with hands-on practical ability and supporting knowledge of up-to-date technological developments at the forefront of the field;

- introduce students to exciting new fields such as regenerative medicine, nanotechnology and novel devices for physiological monitoring and diagnostics.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course is taught through subject-centred lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and practical exercises. Collaborative learning and student-centred learning are also adopted giving widespread opportunity for group work and individual assignments. Students are required to conduct extensive independent study, and this is supported by full access to two libraries, online journal access and a suite of dedicated computers for exclusive use by MSc students on the course. In addition, students are supported by the guidance of a personal tutor within the department, as well as having access to university-wide support services. This includes English language support where appropriate.


Modules will be assessed by a mixture of assessment methods, including lab reports, essays, and presentations, and final examination. This ensures the development of a range of transferrable employability skills such as time management and planning, written and verbal communication and numeracy as well as technical and subject-specific knowledge. The project dissertation forms a major component of the student’s assessed work.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

Visit the Cell and Tissue Engineering (MSc/PgDip) page on the Keele University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Abigail Rutter

What are/did you study?
I took the Cell and Tissue Engineering MSc after completing my undergraduate studies at Keele. My Masters course was much more medically-focused, as it looked at the useful applications of biology and material used within the industry.

Why Keele?
I already knew Keele well from my undergraduate studies, so I knew it offered a great mix of a supportive learning environment and a strong social network. I
found the course offered exciting, cutting edge modules that are very hands on.

How are you funding your studies?
I funded the course myself through savings from work and help from my parents. Keele gave me a £1,000 reduction on tuition fees because I’d already studied my
undergrad there, which made it a bit of a bargain! Keele offered lots of advice throughout the year and notified me automatically about my fees reduction. They also run lots of bursaries depending on your circumstances.

What’s the best bit of the course?
My favourite part was the final aspect of the course – the practical based dissertation. Mine was centred on developing spinal implants that were composed of
collagen hydrogels, nanofibres and a range of neural cells. It brought together all the skills I’d learned.

Has it been worth it? What advice would you give to others?
My Masters was a one year course and has added so much value to my undergrad
studies. Given the variation in the modules available, I could work in NHS roles, lab work and academia all of which you come across during the course. I’d advise people to get stuck in and make sure they make the most of the practical lessons and social life at Keele.


Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

A discount of £1,000 is available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele. Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a prorata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2011. We cannot defer the bursaries until another academic year, and we will not offer a new bursary to students who commenced their studies before September 2011.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All UK/EU and international students who have graduated from a first degree programme at Keele.

Application Procedure

There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.The £1,000 will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, it will be deducted on a prorata basis.

Further Information



Keele International Student Scholarship - 10 Awards

Keele is offering its prestigious Scholarships to full-time international students from the following countries:Brunei, China, The Gulf States (Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, The Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and VietnamThe Scholarships are GBP3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees for Postgraduate courses, the award is open to postgraduate applicants. (For further bursaries and scholarships specifcally for postgraduate study please see above)The Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas: Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experiencePlease note that students studying the 5-year undergraduate degree in Medicine and the 4-year undergraduate degree in Pharmacy are not eligible for this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students from the following countries are eligible:
Brunei, China, The Gulf States (Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE), Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, The Maldives, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

Application Procedure

You must have applied to Keele and been made an offer of a place before you apply for a Scholarship. You will need to complete the application form, including a statement indicating how you meet the criteria for the Scholarship. If you are interviewed by a Keele representative in-country, you do not need to write a personal statement as you will present your case at interview.Decisions on Scholarships will be made by the International Recruitment Team, and their decision will be final.If you are holding a conditional offer from Keele - that is, you need to complete some qualifications - you can still apply for a Scholarship. Depending on your other information, we may wait for your academic results before making a decision.Please note that this award is only open to new students starting at the University in September. It is not available to current students.For further information email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We welcome applications from people with a first or second-class degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physical or life sciences, medicine, or professions allied to medicine. We also welcome enquiries from people with other professional qualifications acceptable to the University. For international applicants, an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Full-time £5,100, Part-time £2,800; International: £14,590

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