The minimum entry criteria for the PgCert/PgDip Stem Cell Biology are as follows:
(a) Applicants must hold a degree in a relevant life science discipline or another related discipline from a University in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution which is recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or
(b) Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Those candidates who wish to be considered in terms of experiential learning must complete an APEL form and send this with their application.
(c) Candidates will have to provide evidence of adequate English language skills. Overseas applicants may demonstrate competence through either a TOEFL score of 550 (or computer based), or an IELTS score 6.0.
The cutting edge PgCert course will provide you with knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding field of stem cell biology. The PgDip will further develop your skills in experimental design and stem cell commercialization. Successful completion of the course will allow you to capitalise on opportunities in areas such as research, law, clinics and industry. You will study in a supportive and collaborative online environment where you will be supported by an e-tutor. The course will cover the latest exciting advances in stem cell science and equip you with the skills to critically analyse these discoveries not only during the course but during your future career.
Structure and Content top
The PgCert course consists of two modules (60 credit points). The first module in Stem Cell Biology will equip you with up to date knowledge on various topics such as sources of stem cells e.g. adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, pluripotency, current and future uses of stem cells and bioethics. This module also introduces you to the skills which will enable you to evaluate future advances in stem cell research following the end of the course. The second module in Evidence Based Healthcare Practice will allow you to evaluate how stem cells are currently used and inform future practice in this area. The PgDip course consists of a further 3 modules in Techniques in Stem Cell Biology, Commercialization of Stem Cells and Research Skills & Statistics (5 modules worth 120 credit points in total). These modules will equip you with the knowledge to design experiments involving stem cells and lead you through the commercialization process, topics which our Industrial Advisory Board recommend are highly sought after skills in stem cell industry employees.
Teaching Methods and Assessment top
The course is delivered as a series of online lectures designed by a range of experts and multimedia resources in the various areas of stem cell biology. The flexible nature of the course allows you to study at your own pace. You can study 1 or two modules each semester. The course will be supplemented by online discussions with e-tutors, access to specialist online talks and interactive quizzes.
Assessment will be by 100% coursework which will take various forms including contributions to online discussions, online quizzes and various pieces of written work.