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MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Aston University MSc Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

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Favour Chukwunonyerem MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine


Entry requirements

You must hold at least a second class honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical or Biochemical subject, or in a related field.

This course is for you if you wish to develop a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine - from the molecular to the whole system level.
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Combination of theoretical and practical modules to provide a comprehensive curriculum in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
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Take modules such as Advanced Laboratory Skills, Transplantation Biology and Models of Regeneration
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2nd in Subjects Allied to Medicine (2017 Sunday Times University Guide)
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Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)

Mode of delivery: Full time, on campus, (distance learning not available)

Duration: 1 year 

Intake: Approximately 15 students per year

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 
  • Applicants must posses a good honours degree (minimum lower 2nd class) from a recognised university in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject, or a related field.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Start date: September

 How to apply: 

  • Apply here  
  • The application deadline for UK / EU students is 1 August 2018. 
  • The application deadline for international students is 31 August 2018.
  • If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

For 2018 entry:

  • UK/EU students: £9,250
  • International students: £17,550
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This course aims to provide you with a high level of scientific knowledge and understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine - from the molecular to the whole system level. The course aims to enable you 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.

This course offers a flexible framework of core and optional modules. The core modules are:

  • Advanced Laboratory Skills with Data Analysis and Interpretation: A broadly practical based modules that will allow you to reinforce your understanding of, and ability in, the basic lab techniques. It will also introduce students to more advanced laboratory techniques such as PCR and SDS PAGE analysis.
  • Understanding Professional Practice & Enhancing your Employability: In this module you are introduced to the variety of employment options open to you upon completion of the course and given practical help in writing effective applications.
  • Mammalian Cell Biology and Culture: This modules gives you both the practical experience of cell culture and supporting theoretical knowledge in cell biology.
  • Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Technology: The module provides a introduction to the nature of stem cells, including stem cell self-renewal, lineage commitment and cell differentiation. The module will provide both a historical overview of how stem cell and tissue engineering technology has developed and allow you to critically assess how common factors/themes may underlie its success.
  • Cellular Differentiation in Cell Biology: This module covers selected concepts and experimental approaches in developmental biology which shed light on the mechanisms involved in the acquisition of cellular determination and differentiation.
  • Tissue Regeneration: This module will allow you to consider cellular responses to injury and the factors influencing tissue regeneration.
  • Laboratory Based Research Project: This module provides the student with an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of research on their own

Optional modules include, but are not limited to:

  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine: This allows you to gain an insight into relationships and interactions between ageing and regenerative medicines. You will learn how ageing can affect cell phenotypes and activity, including the "ageing cell" as a model of ageing-related diseases.
  • Applied Biotechnology: This module provides students with an in depth knowledge of the engineering and biological principles of the industrial production of a range of bioactive molecules by fermentation and cell culture
  • Biomedical Imaging: This practical-based module aims to introduce students to the various techniques and applications available to allow advanced biomedical imaging and both qualitative and quantitative analysis of biological cells and samples.

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.

You will encounter a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: 

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • A research project, likely to be a laboratory-based project where you will collect and analyse your own data
  • 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. 

Assessment will vary depending upon the module and will include both examinations and continuous assessment through coursework.

Graduates from this course are prepared for a research-focussed role in industry, including the developing clinical field of stem cell therapies of regenerative medicine, or academia. 

You can therefore expect to apply for roles in further research, in the form of a PhD or research assistant, or undertake a career in the commercial or clinical sector.

In addition to the particular knowledge and skills that you will gain on these courses, you will also develop transferable skills such as: 
  • Presenting
  • Team working 
  • Report writing 
  • Critical analysis 
  • Negotiating
  • IT.

Lecture, tutorial and seminars take place in modern rooms fully equipped for effective teaching and learning. Practical classes are held in well-appointed student laboratories, whereas the research project is in bespoke student project laboratories with access to research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.

You will benefit from:

  • Extensive and well equipped laboratories. Practical classes are held in well-appointed student laboratories, whereas the research project is in bespoke student project laboratories with access to research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment
  • A large computer laboratory
  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form
  • A newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week

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Dr Eric Hill, Lecturer in Bioethics: Dr Hill is a stem cell biologist who has spent the past 10 years using stem cell derived neurons to model the human brain. His current research includes the use of Alzheimer's patient derived induced pluripotent stem cells to model the early stages of disease development.

The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading.

Key members of teaching staff on this course:

Professor Roslyn Bill who joined Aston University in 2002. She is the Associate Dean for Research for the School of Life and Health Sciences, and Professor of Biotechnology. Her research focus is the pivotal role membrane proteins play in cellular functions.

Dr Ann Vernallis whose main research interest is in cytokines and other mediators of inflammation. She collaborates with Prof Peter Lambert and others on the host response to bacteria infection and the therapeutic potential of tetracyclines to reduce inflammation.

Meet the whole Biology team.

“I was looking for a university that was highly rated for research and then I was also looking for a university that had a lot of student satisfaction, so Aston just clicked.”

Favour Chukwunonyerem
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 

Watch the whole interview to find out more about her experiences on this course

“Great optional choices for your modules as well. We had to choose a project as well which helped me greatly in picking what I want to do next”

Mai Homira Rezai
MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 
PhD Student, Aston University

Watch the whole interview to find out more about her experiences on this course

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