Taught course

Stem Cell Biology

Ulster University · School of Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry criteria for the PgCert Stem Cell Biology are as follows: Applicants must hold a degree in a relevant life science discipline or another related discipline from a University in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution which is recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Those candidates who wish to be considered in terms of experiential learning must complete an APEL form and send this with their application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This cutting edge Postgraduate Certificate course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding field of stem cell biology. Successful completion of the course will allow you to capitalise on opportunities in areas such as the stem cell industry, regenerative medicine, clinical stem cell work, further academic research or regulatory affairs. You will study in a supportive and collaborative online environment where you will be supported by an e-tutor. The course will cover the latest exciting advances in stem cell science and equip you with the skills to critically analyse these discoveries not only during the course but during your future career.

Modules may also be taken individually as stand-alone training units, provided that candidates have achieved the learning outcomes of the core module on Stem Cell Biology either through taking this module or through accreditation of prior experiential learning.

The PgCert course consists of two modules (60 credit points). The first module in Stem Cell Biology will equip you with up to date knowledge on various topics such as sources of stem cells e.g. adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, pluripotency, current and future uses of stem cells and bioethics. This module also introduces you to the skills which will enable you to evaluate future advances in stem cell research following the end of the course. The second module in Evidence Based Healthcare Practice will allow you to evaluate how stem cells are currently used and inform future practice in this area. These modules will lead you through topics which our Industrial Advisory Board recommend are highly sought after skills in stem cell industry employees.

The course is delivered as a series of online lectures designed by a range of experts and multimedia resources in the various areas of stem cell biology. The flexible nature of the course allows you to study at your own pace. You can study 1 or 2 modules each semester. The course will be supplemented by online discussions with e-tutors, access to specialist online talks and interactive quizzes.

Assessment will be by 100% coursework which will take various forms including contributions to online discussions, online quizzes and various pieces of written work.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.
Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Jayne Devlin
+44 (0)28 7012 4159