Combination of theoretical and practical modules to provide a comprehensive curriculum in regenerative medicines manufacturing
Take modules such as Advanced Laboratory Skills, Cell and Molecular Biology and Design and Manufacture of Regenerative Medicine Products
Top 10 in the UK for research quality (Biological Sciences, Complete University Guide, 2020)
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)
Key information, entry requirements and fees
Mode of delivery: Full-time on-campus
Duration: 1 year
Applications: Applications for September 2021 entry will be open in late 2020
Start date: September 2021
Fees: Fees for 2021 entry will be available once applications open in late 2020.
Lower second class honours degree (2:2) with a minimum overall of 55% or above from a recognised university in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject, or a related field.
- 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 possess a good honours degree (lower second class honours degree with a minimum overall average of 55%) 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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
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.
Course outline and what you will study
Regenerative medicine is a rapidly developing field that uses methods including stem cell regeneration, cell and gene therapies and tissue engineering to treat and cure multiple diseases.
Working in this discipline requires a thorough understanding of the fundamental biology that underpins human cells and the ways in which they can be harvested, differentiated and delivered to patients in regenerative medicine applications. It offers new opportunities for treatment that are of increasing value in modern healthcare.
Our MSc Regenerative Medicines Manufacturing course will provide you with detailed knowledge on advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). Throughout this course you will:
- Gain an awareness of the tools and technologies in the manufacture of regenerative medicine products including tissue engineered constructs and cell and gene therapies such as stem cell products and CAR-T cell immunotherapies.
- Cover the biological science underpinning these medicines and also the wider commercial considerations for translating them from lab bench into clinic.
- Learn typical industrial manufacturing processes and regulatory considerations.
- Study a wide range of modules which will provide you with the foundation for a career in industry or academia,either in research and development or in business development. Upon successful completion, you will be prepared for a number of research focused roles including industry, PhD studies and careers in the commercial or clinical sector.
- Essential Laboratory Skills
- Professional Development and Research Communication Skills
- Introduction to cell and molecular biology
- Applied Biotechnology
- Manufacturing Regenerative Medicines: from lab bench to industry
- Advanced Materials, Devices and Manufacturing Processes for Regenerative Medicine
- Design and Manufacture of Regenerative Medicine Products
- Laboratory Competency Assessment
- Research project.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff
You will encounter a variety of teaching and learning methods, including:
- Practical classes
- 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.
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 and negotiating.
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.
Course Director: Ivan Wall
Your future career prospects
The focus of the course on industry challenges will provide a strong foundation for careers both in industry and academia across research, development and commercial sectors.
Graduates who study this course can expect to go in to roles such as commercialisation of cell therapies, across business, manufacturing and research.
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