Research course

Matrix Biology and Fibrosis

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject. In some cases, a medical degree and/or relevant professional qualifications are required. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS) in their English proficiency. Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Matrix Biology and Fibrosis programme represents a research area within the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at the Cardiff School of Medicine.

Fibrosis and the biology of the extracellular matrix are key research themes within the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. These aim to facilitate basic and clinical research in the overlapping areas of Chronic Kidney Disease, Peritoneal Inflammation and Fibrosis and Wound Healing. Hypothesis-driven research is conducted by world-class basic science in purpose-built laboratories housed in the Section of Nephrology.

Research Areas
  • Control of cell fate in fibrosis
  • Cell phenotype and extracellular hyaluronan
  • The role of non coding RNA in fibrosis
  • Fibroblast and epithelial cell function in Diabetes
  • Regulation of transforming growth factor synthesis and signalling
  • microRNA in fibrosis
  • The biology of non-coding RNAs

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
possible months


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Robert Steadman