Taught course

Stem Cell Engineering for Regenerative Medicine

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

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Entry requirements

A Second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. bioengineering, life sciences). Previous experience, professional or lab-based work will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

It is widely acknowledged that there is a skills shortage within the industrial life sciences sector. The UK and further afield hosts a rapidly growing regenerative medicine sector with major centres focussed 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. Our aim is to train a new generation of researchers with expertise in stem cell culture, engineering, regulation and translation in the regenerative medicine space. Our MSc will address unmet skills shortages in interdisciplinary sciences, with a focus on stem cells. Our students will be equipped through their MSc to work experimentally across disciplines, with industry and clinicians.

Why this programme?

  • The MSc course will train students within a centre for excellence, specialising in stem cell science and their potential within regenerative medicine.
  • MSc training is delivered under the supervision of world-leading researchers, including Professors Mathew Dalby and Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez and Drs Catherine Berry, Mathis Riehle and Cristina Gonlalez, under the newly formed Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment at Glasgow.
  • The new Centre will be located within the Research Hub (opening 2020) where we will engage with the theme ‘Technologies Touching Life’. This brand new facility will incorporate polyomics, microscopy, materials processing and cell culture under one roof. Students will have access to nanofabrication (James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, materials characterisation, 3D bioprinting (RegenHu), microscopy, cell culture and analysis, computational modelling, polyomics (transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, bioinformatics).
  • The expert teaching on the course, from academics and clinicians, provides an in depth understanding on the concepts of stem cells and the translation aims.
  • A culture of working with clinicians has been established, with strong links to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, to allow us to stratify our stem cell models to different diseases, such as bone (osteoporosis), cartilage (arthritis), bone marrow (cancer dormancy, haematopoiesis), skin (toxicology, wound healing), nerve and infection (airway, bone).
  • Interdisciplinary projects will be offered, that will lie at the interface between engineering and life sciences, supervised by world-leaders in their fields – all of whom have track record in interdisciplinary research.
  • Further focus will be our ability to bioengineer 3D microenvironments to enable stem cell growth and differentiation, creating 3D models for Pharma and toxicology testing. Students will work on an interdisciplinary project in their final semester, which will lie at the interface between bioengineering and life sciences, supervised by world-leaders in their field.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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