Taught course

Stem Cell Engineering for Regenerative Medicine

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. bioengineering, life sciences). Previous experience, professional or lab-based work and 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our aim is to train a new generation of researchers with expertise in stem cell culture and engineering cellular microenvironments in the regenerative medicine space, to help fill the skills shortage in the industrial life sciences sector. The UK and further afield hosts a rapidly growing regenerative medicine sector with major centres focused on production of cellular and acellular therapies and a growth of clinical trialling. Therefore, there is increasing demand for recruits with highly specialised regenerative medicine experience.


  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • The MSc programme is run by our team within our centre for excellence, the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment
  • (https://glasgow.thecemi.org), specialising in stem cell science and their potential within regenerative medicine.
  • Research project training will be delivered within our Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment (CeMi) under the supervision of world-leading researchers, including CeMi directors Professors Mathew Dalby and Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, alongside Professors Massimo Vassalli and Delphine Gourdon and Drs Catherine Berry, Mathis Riehle, Miguel Pineda, Marco Cantini, Monica Tsimbouri and Cristina Gonzalez.
  • Receive expert teaching, from academics across both Life Sciences and Bioengineering disciplines, providing understanding on the concepts of stem cells and the translation aims, biophysics, scaffolds and tissues, ‘omic approaches to data handling, bioimaging and bioinformatics.
  • Learn lab skills, including cell culture and molecular biology, to allow you to complete a final semester research project.Medicine ranking 2nd in the UK
  • Further focus will be on your ability to bioengineer 3D microenvironments to enable stem cell growth and differentiation, creating 3D models for Pharma and toxicology testing.
  • Work on an interdisciplinary project in your final semester, which will lie at the interface between bioengineering and life sciences.
  • Laboratory based projects will be carried out mainly within our new Advanced Research Centre at the University of Glasgow.
  • Learn to incorporate, microscopy, materials processing and cell culture under one roof.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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