Taught course

Advanced Cell and Gene Therapies

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science, engineering, law or medical subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop the essential skills required for each step of the translational pathway of cell and gene therapy products, from discovery and vector design through to clinical trials and market authorisation. The course includes a 20-week hands-on project.

Course description

Course Directors: Professor Mimoun Azzouz, Dr Laura Ferraiuolo

This innovative and progressive course combines the research strengths of our Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, academic and industry partners, and leading international scientists. You’ll study genetic factors associated with rare inherited diseases and how gene and cell therapies can be adopted as treatment options, as well as the principles of gene and cell therapies. You'll also explore the development of specific and efficient medical treatments tailored to individual patients.

On our MSc, you'll develop essential skills for each step of the translational pathway of cell and gene therapy products, including: discovery, vector design, GLP pre-clinical regulatory studies, GMP manufacturing and analytics, process innovation, quality control, qualified person (QP), safety, clinical design, commercialisation and market authorisation.

The course will provide you with up-to-date knowledge of advances in the field, offering a comprehensive road map on the required steps to take an advanced therapy project from discovery to clinical trial and then marketing authorisation.

Industry expertise

You’ll have access to a rich training platform offered by the Gene Therapy Innovation and Manufacturing Centre (GTIMC). We work closely with GTIMC partners, including:

  • Advanced Therapy Manufacturing Industry Consortium
  • Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult
  • Cobra and Advanced Therapies Apprenticeship Community

Externally to the GTIMC, we've created collaborative links with a wider gene therapy landscape, involving several major pharmaceutical companies. Some of the course content is provided by external partners such as academics from other advanced therapies centres, as well as pharmaceutical partners.

Internships and training courses

This course involves a 20-week hands-on project in the area of cell and gene therapy on the University campus with the potential to collaborate with one of our GTIMC partners or one of our industrial collaborators to enhance your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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