Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicines Msc

Study Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicines MSc at Aston University, Birmingham to gain the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in one of the most crucial and exciting areas of medical research.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 Year

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

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Eric Hill

"Our Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MSc has been specifically designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding in the field of stem cell biology and its practical application in regenerative medicine and drug discovery. You will develop extensive knowledge of stem cell biology, tissue regeneration and bioprocessing and how this stem cells can be applied in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug discovery.”

Dr Eric Hill, Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Biosciences

 

Eric Hill

"Our Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MSc has been specifically designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding in the field of stem cell biology and its practical application in regenerative medicine and drug discovery. You will develop extensive knowledge of stem cell biology, tissue regeneration and bioprocessing and how this stem cells can be applied in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug discovery.”

Dr Eric Hill, Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Biosciences

 

Course outline and modules

As diseases emerge and evolve, medicine needs new and innovative ways of combating them to save people’s lives.

Through an increased understanding of stem cells, scientists are discovering new treatments to repair diseased and damaged organs, and curing numerous health conditions and diseases. From exploring transplantation to cell regeneration, stem cell research really is the future of medicine.

By studying Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicines MSc at Aston, you’ll discover more about how the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine and drug discovery is one of the most crucial areas of research today.  You will gain the skills, insight and experience to be an indispensable asset to public or private organisations working at the forefront of medical research.

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 include the use of stem cells in the treatment of disease like Alzheimer's, genetically modified cells, the bioprocessing of stem cells and tissue-engineered in vitro models of disease.

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

From lab based practical work, to ethics, and drug development, this course is an ideal mix of practical and theoretical exploration into stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Throughout your time at Aston, you’ll develop a high level of scientific knowledge, gaining an understanding of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine from the molecular to the whole system level. You will experience specialist training in essential laboratory skills from the very start of the course, and investigate the involvement of ethical considerations in stem cell-based research and the application of regenerative medicines.

A series of specialist modules, covering topics from how immune systems interact with the application of stem cells, to screening and toxicology will further develop your knowledge, before you take on your extensive final research project in an area of your choosing.


Core modules

  • Essential Laboratory Skills
  • Professional Development and Research Communication Skills
  • Introduction to ell and Molecular Biology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Stem Cell Biology and Cellular Differentiation
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Ageing and Regenerative Medicine
  • Laboratory Competency
  • Research Project

What could my research project be?

A key part of the programme is your final research project, this is your opportunity to utilise all of the knowledge and skills gained so far and investigate a research topic of your choice.

Past projects have included:

  • Tissue engineering using 3D bioprinting.
  • Modelling metabolic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease in vitro.
  • Investigation of animal cell co-cultures for sustainable food production.
  • Role of S100 proteins and cancer progression or trophoblast implantation.
  • Computational prediction of lipid interfaces in membrane proteins.

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.


All applicants require:

  • Lower second class honours degree (2:2) with a minimum overall of 55 per cent or above from a recognised university in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry based subject, or a related field. More information on international degree requirements can be found on our Aston in your country webpage.
  • 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.

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
  • research project, likely to be a laboratory-based project where you will collect and analyse your own data
  • group work.

This course is worth 180 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.

Assessment

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

Key Staff

Programme Director: Dr Eric Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, his main research interests include the development of tissue engineering strategies to model stem cell behaviour in the development of neuronal networks and also during neurodegeneration.  He is currently engaged in developing stem cell derived models of the CNS in an attempt to study complex cellular interactions that occur in development and diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Rett syndrome, drug induced seizures and Schizophrenia.


Key members of teaching staff:

Skills

Throughout your time with us you will receive training in a wide range of essential and advanced laboratory skills including:

  • good laboratory practice
  • theoretical understanding of basic laboratory procedures
  • scientific calculations
  • measuring volume, mass and pH
  • centrifugation
  • statistics and the use of computer packages
  • data analysis
  • tissue culture
  • PCR and qPCR
  • ELISA
  • principles of flow cytometry.

In addition, you will also be provided with the opportunity to develop key transferable skills including presenting, team working, report writing, critical analysis, negotiating and research.

Facilities

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

Ensuring you’re well prepared for your future career of choice is embedded within our curriculum, you’ll learn how to optimise key employability skills in the developing stem cell and regenerative medicine industries. In addition, our core employability module makes use of visiting lecturers from industry to illustrate the potential employment avenues open to you.

On successful graduation, you’ll be well prepared for a research-focused role in a broad spectrum of academic, commercial, industrial, biomedical or healthcare settings. You’ll also be well positioned to continue with further research in the form of a PhD, which is the next step for those interested in an academic career.

Recent graduate roles include:

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Research Technician
  • PhD study
  • Neuroscience Research Assistant
  • Bioscience Technical Assistant
  • Management Trainee

Whatever route you take, you’ll have a range of skills and experiences that will be in high demand for organisations working at the forefront of stem cell and clinical research; helping to shape the future of medicine and care.

 

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Frequently asked questions

Why study Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicines MSc at Aston University?

The use of stem cells in regenerative medicine is an exciting and rapidly developing area of research, seen by many as the future of medicine. By choosing to study this masters degree at Aston, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge in biosciences and gain a deeper insight into specialist areas such as applied biotechnology and tissue regeneration.

You’ll learn from leading academics and become part of a thriving research community with access to a wide variety of facilities.

What research could I do in my final project?

Your final research project is a fundamental element of this programme, it is your opportunity to utilise all of the knowledge and skills gained so far and investigate a research topic of your choice.

Past projects have included:

  • Tissue engineering using 3D bioprinting
  • Modelling metabolic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease in vitro
  • Investigation of animal cell co-cultures for sustainable food production
  • Role of S100 proteins and cancer progression or trophoblast implantation
  • Computational prediction of lipid interfaces in membrane proteins
What facilities will be available?

Aston University is home to an extensive bioscience department that includes a combination of student practical and research laboratories. All spaces are well-appointed and furnished with a variety of relevant equipment such as tissue culture facilities, bioreactor cell culture, flow cytometry and fluorescence imaging, designed to ensure our students receive the very best training experience.

 

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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