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Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine MSc by Research

Course Description

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.

Key Features

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.

Course Content

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 program.

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 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

Links with industry

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 £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 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.

World-leading research

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

Visit the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is a first or upper second class honours degree in in biology, engineering or related subjects. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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