Regenerative Medicines Manufacturing MSc

 

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the broad class of medicines called advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) with the innovative MSc Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing course here at Aston University, Birmingham.

 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
Discover what it's like to study at Aston
Ivan Wall

“This course has been designed to prepare graduates for careers in the advanced therapies and regenerative medicine sectors. Advanced therapies, including immunotherapies and stem cell therapies, are rapidly changing the face of medicine by successfully treating, and even curing, diseases that until now have been untreatable. The challenge lies in making these medicines at large scale and to a consistent quality each and every time. In the MSc, students will examine the biology of these medicines, as well as the commercially important aspects of getting them to the patients who need them. The course has been designed with support from industry and NHS and gives students valuable insight from, and interaction with, these potential future employers.”

Professor Ivan Wall, Programme Director and Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing

Ivan Wall

“This course has been designed to prepare graduates for careers in the advanced therapies and regenerative medicine sectors. Advanced therapies, including immunotherapies and stem cell therapies, are rapidly changing the face of medicine by successfully treating, and even curing, diseases that until now have been untreatable. The challenge lies in making these medicines at large scale and to a consistent quality each and every time. In the MSc, students will examine the biology of these medicines, as well as the commercially important aspects of getting them to the patients who need them. The course has been designed with support from industry and NHS and gives students valuable insight from, and interaction with, these potential future employers.”

Professor Ivan Wall, Programme Director and Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing

Course outline and modules

Throughout your year at Aston, you will explore the rapidly growing fields of regenerative medicine and advanced therapies using stem cells, gene therapies and tissue engineering to treat and cure multiple diseases.

Studying MSc Regenerative Medicines Manufacturing will enable you to further develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental biology that underpins human cells and the ways in which they can be harvested, differentiated or genetically modified and delivered to patients. It offers new opportunities for treatments that are of increasing value in modern healthcare.

Bioscience research at Aston

Aston is home to an expansive and highly regarded bioscience research department.

You’ll be taught by passionate research active academics whose specialist areas of research interfaces cell biology with bioprocessing, biomaterials and novel devices.

This research is fed into the teaching on our courses, ensuring that you not only have access to the very latest trends and thinking in this specialist area, but that you also develop a critical appreciation of recent scientific developments and their clinical and industrial application.

International students and post-study work visa

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

As a University, we welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Course outline

MSc Regenerative Medicines Manufacturing at Aston 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 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.

Core modules

  • 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.

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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.

More advice on applying to Aston can be found here

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning

  • 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. 
     

Assessments

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

Key staff

Programme Director: Professor Ivan Wall

Ivan a professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cell and Gene Therapy Bioprocessing whose research interfaces cell biology with bioprocessing, biomaterials and novel devices. His work spans fundamental research through to applied and translation studies with industry and clinical collaborators. He has been awarded funding from EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome, Innovate UK, EU, as well as industry.

Skills

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
     

Facilities 

Lectures, tutorials 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’ll have access to a range of facilities including:

  • Extensive and well-equipped laboratories with a variety of equipment designed to support your learning in an industry-relevant environment. This includes tissue culture facilities, bioreactor cell culture, flow cytometry and fluorescence imaging.
  • Refurbished lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and computer laboratories.
  • 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.
  • Aston Library, fully refurbished and equipped for the digital age. Open 24 hours a day at key points throughout the year, with a variety of study spaces, academic support advisors, and course texts available electronically or in book form.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

£9,450

International/EU students (2021/22)

£19,300

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

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 into roles such as commercialisation of cell therapies, across business, manufacturing and research.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Regenerative Medicines Manufacturing at Aston University?

Whilst being taught by passionate research active academics, you will explore the rapidly growing fields of regenerative medicine and advanced therapies using stem cells, gene therapies and tissue engineering to treat and cure multiple diseases.

What facilities will I have access to?

Lectures, tutorials 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.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding careers support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government have created a new post-study work visa. See here for more information

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