Regenerative medicine is an interdisciplinary field, which aims to repair diseased or damaged tissues using biological or cell-based technologies. It is a rapidly growing area of biomedical research that encompasses stem cell biology, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and nanotechnology. This MSc course provides advanced, multi-disciplinary training in the scientific principles and clinical applications of regenerative medicine, and is delivered jointly by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Engineering and Materials Science.
Taught modules will develop a strong scientific foundation in the biology of stem cells and regeneration and the fundamental principles of biomaterials, tissue engineering and cellular reprogramming. Through an intensive 12-week research project, students will then gain hands on experience applying these concepts to problems in human health and the development of novel regenerative technologies.
Upon completion of the MSc in Regenerative Medicine, students will be well placed for further training at the PhD level or professional careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Why study your MSc in Regenerative Medicine at Queen Mary?
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the top medical schools in the country for teaching and research. Students will receive the highest quality instruction and participate in cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine. While enrolled in the MSc programme students will benefit from:
- The expertise of internationally renowned scientists in stem cell biology, cellular regeneration, biomaterials, and tissue engineering.
- Close links to St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals and interaction with clinicians involved in translational research.
- A strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary training through collaboration with the School of Engineering and Materials Science.
- Access to outstanding research facilities in both the School of Medicine and Dentistry and School of Engineering and Materials Science.
- Industrial contacts, networking opportunities, and support from academic advisors and the student office.
The majority of training will take place in the Blizard Institute on the Whitechapel Campus. Opened in 2005, the institute is a modern, award winning building with open plan laboratories and state-of-the-art facilities for light microscopy, flow cytometry, high-content screening, and biological services. Additional resources in the medical school include core facilities for genomic and proteomic analysis, histopathology, and statistical analysis.
Excellent engineering laboratories are also available for biomaterial development and characterisation in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. These include the Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, the NanoVision Centre for scanning probe microscopy, and a wide range of mechanical testing and spectroscopy systems.
The MSc in Regenerative Medicine is a one year, full-time programme. Students are required to complete 180 credits comprising taught and research modules.
Taught Modules (15 credits each)
- Cellular and Molecular Basis of Regeneration
- Stem Cell and Developmental Biology
- Advanced Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
- Research Skills and Methodology
- Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine
- Tissue-specific Stem Cells
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Genome Engineering
- Ethics and Regulatory Affairs
Research Project in Regenerative Medicine (60 credits)
During the final 12 weeks of the course, students will work full time on their laboratory-based research projects. Students will select research projects from a wide range of topics in regenerative medicine. Examples include research on the cellular and molecular aspects of tissue regeneration, disease pathogenesis, development of stem cell therapies, design of novel nano-biotechnologies, or engineering biomaterials and tissue scaffolds.
For informal enquiries about the course, please contact the Programme Administrator:
As a multi-disciplinary course, the MSc is appropriate for a wide range of students. Graduates with degrees in biological sciences or medicine will gain an in-depth understanding of the cellular and molecular aspects of regenerative medicine as well as an introduction to the interdisciplinary fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Similarly, students with a physical sciences background will have the opportunity to broaden their experiences and acquire new skills in the biological sciences.
Admission to the course is selective, and based upon academic credentials, research experience, and motivation. At a minimum, students must have an undergraduate degree equivalent to UK second-class honours from a recognised academic institution. Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and letter of recommendation with their application. Applications are accepted all year round, but there are limited places to ensure high-quality training, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
Intercalating medical students
The MSc Regenerative Medicine also accepts applications from intercalating medical students who have successfully completed at least three years of the MBBS, MbChB or equivalent medical course. Entrance is competitive. Please find full details on the following website.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If English is not a student's first language, they will be required to meet the following standards in one of these English language examinations:
- Examination Academic Level Required
- IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in Writing)
- IBTOEFL 92 (with 21 in Writing)
- PTE Academic 62 (with 57 in Writing)
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
Learning and teaching
The MSc is an advanced postgraduate programme, and many different teaching methods will be employed during the course. These will include lectures, tutorials, guest seminars, presentations, discussion, practical classes and demonstrations. As regenerative medicine is a multi-disciplinary field, collaborative group projects will be a significant component, and students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from their peers.
The final research project will also be an essential part of the learning process. By working on a significant independent research project, students will gain new technical skills and a depth of knowledge relevant to their thesis topic. In addition, students will develop research and transferable skills, such as literature review, data analysis, presentation skills, and scientific writing.
Quality of teaching
We are proud that the quality of teaching on the MSc Regenerative Medicine consistently receives excellent student evaluations. In 2015/2016 the ‘overall satisfaction’ rating for our modules averaged 4.3/5.0.
For every hour spent in class students will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. The direction of the individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions, along with the reading lists and assignments.
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways. In the taught modules these will include exams, written essays, group projects, research proposals, and presentations.
For the final research project students will be assessed on a 10,000 word thesis and oral presentation.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £10,400
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £19,050
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
This programme will provide you with the skills and experience necessary to pursue further academic training at the PhD level. It will also provide a strong foundation for students seeking professional careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Destinations of previous graduates of the MSc Regenerative Medicine have included:
- PhD studentships
- Medical school
- Research positions (UK and overseas)
- Roles within the charity sector
Susan: “The highlight of my masters was my research project. I chose one related to cardiovascular research using a direct reprogramming method. I learnt a variety of skills and gained a lot of knowledge (under the guidance of the wonderful Dr. Xiao Lab group), which will help me toward a career in regenerative medicine. The enthusiasm of all those who ran the masters alone is enough to recommend this course. Everyone involved was so organised, approachable and helpful, making my experience throughout the year a very enjoyable one.”
Olivia: “I truly had a wonderful experience while studying for my Masters. My research project at Bart’s Cancer Institute explored epigenetic properties of Human Embryonic Stem Cells and gave me an excellent opportunity to experience many of the techniques we had covered earlier in the course first-hand. The enthusiasm in teaching, approachability and great pastoral care provided by everyone running the course made a huge different to my further education, and allowed me to go on to study Graduate Entry Medicine with fantastic support.”
Andres: “The best thing about the course was the content as it combined topics from various fields within regenerative medicine. It has benefited my educational development by helping me to develop my skills and has let me continue my career pursuing a PhD. I would recommend the course as it is pretty unique and it is greatly taught and delivered.”
Muhammad: “Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the course, I had liberty to pursue my research project in drug discovery, tissue engineering, biomaterials or basic stem cell research, out of which I opted for tissue engineering. I would highly recommend this programme for competitive and challenging environment, continuous seminars, guest lectures (from leaders of respective fields) and training workshops.”