Full-time: Two days per week for one year.
Part-time: One day per week for two years.
This course begins in late September and is divided into three trimesters.
Relevant science honours degree at a level of 2:1 or above, or equivalent. Qualifications and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Please see further information on Entry Requirements.
Regenerative Medicine encompasses many areas of life science and medicine. It has been gaining an enormous interest from the commercial sector and from the healthcare systems world-wide, helping the development of potential, alternatives to long-term, high-cost care approaches.
Regenerative Medicine includes a range of pharmaceutical related approaches, where small molecules and biologicals are used to stimulate the body's innate repair systems, as well as the use of cell-based therapies, bioactive scaffolds and drug delivery modalities. The production of these new medicines and devices involves a chain of important stages in development, including laboratory-based invention, preclinical testing, navigation of intellectual property issues and compliance with a range of regulatory requirements.
Nevertheless, Regenerative Medicine is also a rich area for fundamental and question-driven research: stem cell characteristics and properties, regeneration mechanisms and integration in vivo of in vitro-regenerated tissues are all aspects still far from being completely understood in their complexity.
It is a vibrant area of endeavour involving multidisciplinary interactions and strong employment opportunities for those trained in the field.
The MSc Regenerative Medicine will provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to gaining a critical knowledge and training in the biological and chemical basis of tissue regeneration, stem cell biology and biotechnology, and the challenges associated to the subject fields. Students will explore some basics of intellectual property law, regulatory affairs, ethical issues, all of which are key components of the global Regenerative Medicine sector.
Students will be helped in transitioning into this complex, constantly evolving, yet exciting subject area by introducing and/or recapping fundamentals of cell biology, biotechnology, research methods and practical laboratory skills. This will help harmonisation of the student experience, regardless of the science or healthcare related background.
Ultimately, the course aims to produce postgraduates capable of making a significant contribution within the regenerative medicine sector at large. Graduates will be well placed to secure jobs in academic research, however the transferable skills developed during the course will be highly considered within the commercial and biotechnology industry, legal science and science communication. Additionally, the course prepares students for further higher studies, such as PhD, PgCAP and PgCHEP levels of study.
Students will have access to an extremely well equipped laboratory space and from the expertise of a group of academics actively involved in a variety of research projects and scholarly activities, also in partnership with reputable national and international Universities, research Centres, Industries and Charities.
The study programme presents a good balance between translational and biotechnological components and basic research questions within the Regenerative Medicine field.
Contents are contemporary and delivered in an intellectually provocative way, enebling students to challenge, analyse, utilise and apply existing theories and knowledge.
The Course includes a range of assessments designed to test a broad range of skills and development of knowledge. Assessment includes critical literature reviews, practical portfolios, poster presentations, examinations and several presentations. As would be expected with postgraduate study, assessments are designed to stimulate thought, discussion and debate.
The delivery of the course Comprises a mixture of structured taught modules, practical activities and self directed study. Students are set regular tasks and formative assessments with the holistic purpose of preparing students for summative assessments, aid the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies, help improving skills of team working, flexibility, communication, professional conduct and self-awareness.
The programme culminates with a research project dissertation aligned to the ongoing research projects and disciplines at University of Suffolk, Department of Science and Technology. This provides students with the opportunity to fully engage with contemporary research in the field.
The curriculum covers a range of important topics from stem cell biology and applications in medicine, to the use of small molecules and biologicals in tissue engineering. The course also investigates some aspects of the ethical and regulatory landscape involved in the translation of these novel therapies from bench to bedside.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Module Leader: Robert Ellis
Module Contributors: Course team
This module is designed to present students with core and current aspects in the field of cell biology and biotechnology. The topics covered represent an ideal base to build upon more specialised knowledge in the field of regenerative medicine. With reference to landmark scientific literature, students will explore key aspects of cell biology to include cell structure and function, membrane trafficking and signalling, mechanisms of cell adhesion and migration. The module will also detail important aspects of biotechnology, such as principles of cloning and key techniques for gene and genomes study and manipulation within regenerative medicine. Finally, the module will cover some aspects surrounding innovation and enterprise within the field of biotechnology and science businesses, providing an an understanding of how entrepreneurship and marketing contribute significantly to successful business development in the field of life sciences.
Assessments on this Module
1- Unseen examination, contributing for the 50% of the final mark
2- Paper presentation, contributing for the 50% of the final mark.
Module Leaders: Dr Aida Rajic
Module Contributors: Dr Federica Masieri
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of cellular and molecular processes involved in development and regeneration. The module will focus on signalling pathways and other molecules required for development, and how these affect cell behaviour and tissue patterning. Special emphasis will be given to understanding the importance of these molecular and cellular processes in tissue regeneration and development, within the field of regenerative medicine.
Assessments on this Module
1-Critical review counting for the 60% of the total mark
2-Presentation counting for the 40% of the total mark.
Module Leader: Catia Marques
Module Contributors: Dr Federica Masieri
This module will provide students with theoretical knowledge and experience of the core laboratory techniques used to carry out experimental research within the biosciences. The module is based on a series of practical sessions and will give students experience of performing experimental work, collecting data, and interpreting and presenting results.
Assessment on this Module
Practical Portfolio counting for the 100% of the final mark.
Module Leader: Dr Federica Masieri
Module Contributors: Dr Aida Rajic, Dr Federica Masieri, Dr Christopher Turner
This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of stem cell biology and allow them to develop a detailed understanding of stem cell applications in current and future medicine. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical approach in evaluating different types of stem cells, in terms of properties, differentiation potential, scalability and applications. Landmark scientific literature and key findings will be presented and discussed to develop a sound understanding of the technology used in cell therapies. First-hand experience of cell culture techniques and characterisation tests will allow students an appreciation of some technical aspects involved in cell therapies and clinical scale cell production.
Assessments on this Module
1-Unseen examination counting for the 50% of the final mark
2-Portfolio consisting of a "letter to editor" and presentation, counting for the 50% of the final mark.
Module Leaders: Dr Federica Masieri and Dr Aida Rajic
Module Contributors: Dr Christopher Turner. Guest Lecturer: Dr Suha Al-Naimi
A detailed understanding of cell-based therapies and tissue engineering is at the core regenerative medicine. Hence, this module is designed to provide students with insights into current and future cell therapies and techniques of tissue engineering. The utilisation of different types of cells, to include stem cells, will be discussed and appraised. Problems associated to cell-based therapies in tissue regeneration and healing will be covered with the aid of up to date scientific literature. Team members, within their specialism area, will contribute to the development of solid arguments around the topic, particularly discussing examples of bone/cartilage, nervous tissue, cardiac tissue/vessels and adipose tissue regeneration.
Assessments on this Module
1-Discussion paper counting for the 60% of the final mark
2-Poster counting for the 40% of the final mark.
Module Leader: Dr Nic Bury
Module Contributors: Dr Christopher Turner, Dr Federica Masieri, Dr Aida Rajic
Part of the role for further development as an effective scientist is the ability to design robust experiments, interpret the data and communicate the science to peers and the public. This module will enable students to develop the skills required to design experiments in the field of the life sciences. It is intended that this will lead to the development of their research project including the data analysis and its communication.
Assessments on this Module
1-Project proposal counting for the 80% of the final mark
2-Proposal presentation counting for the 20% of the final mark.
Module Leader: Dr Federica Masieri
Module Contributors: Team (Supervisors)
The Masters level dissertation will provide an opportunity for students to conduct a research project within life science disciplines. The focus of the dissertation will be a research-based study that will link with the research interests of staff as appropriate. This will give students the opportunity to participate in and develop a current research area. The module will help students developing a range of skills required for professional researchers, to include appraise of knowledge, methodologies and data; generation and collection of original data and their critical analysis, interpretation and presentation, as well as project management and autonomous learning. The module is expected to draw on knowledge and skills developed throughout the modules on the programme to facilitate the demonstration of an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the project.
Students will be encouraged to participate in projects either already underway within the subject areas of the School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology. However, we may be able to help initiating new projects proposed by stdudents, providing these fall within an area of staff research interest, are appropriate for the course and feasible in terms of budget and timeframe. Students will be encouraged to seek academic advice on these matters. Individual specialist Supervisors will be selected from staff whose background and experience will allow them to make an effective contribution to identified projects. Students may also want to explore with the Course Leader and/or Supervisor opportunities to undertake part of the practical dissertation work in selected UK/EU Institutions.
Assessments on this Module:
1-Dissertation manuscript counting for the 70% of the final mark
2- Dissertation presentation and defence counting for the 30% of the final mark.
Erasmus Plus Opportunities
Our students can benefit from a portfolio of opportunities to conduct part of their studies in selected EU Universities and Research Centres under the Erasmus Plus Program.
You may, for example, conduct the work for your Dissertation Project abroad, benefiting from an Erasmus bursary. Alternatively you may want to consider an Erasmus Work Traineeship.
At University of Suffolk we believe in building a positive, collaborative, international environment and our Erasmus Partners help us in establishing these goals.
Please make sure to discuss these opportunities with the Course Leader or Personal Tutor: an experience abroad is a great way to enhance your CV, gain new skills and benefit from the cultural variety you can find in other Countries.
Planning Your Future
As a MSc Regenerative Medicine graduate you will be well placed to secure jobs as a researcher working in universities, pharmaceutical and bioscience companies and institutes. You may also progress into laboratory-based careers in clinical or technical roles, which do not necessarily involve research. The transferable skills developed during the course will equip you for a wide range of careers outside the laboratory.
Post-course opportunities are diverse, and the non-exhaustive list below provides some suggestions of areas for employment or further study you can consider:
- Progression to doctoral level study (PhD) in many areas.
- Progression to advanced teaching training (PgCAP, PgCHEP)
- Academic Career.
- Laboratory-based research.
- Public health-based research.
- Healthcare management.
- Project management.
- Scientific publication/communication, to include: scientific writing, journal editing, scientific journalism, scientific front officer.
- Teaching career.
- Pharmaceutical industry.
- Biotechnology industry, to include biotechnology business development specialist and/or R&D.
- Policy advisory services.
- Patent law.
It is a competitive world out there and students need to be considering how to make themselves irresistible to a future employer. The University of Suffolk Careers and Employability service runs career information seminars and talks throughout the year, provides guidance on CV writing, job applications, interview technique, skills analysis and offers one to one careers guidance.
Gaining valuable work experience and/or voluntary work will also prove really useful to support any advanced post graduate study or job application. Work experience enables you to develop and demonstrate that you have valuable employability skills, such as the ability to work in a team, organise and prioritise work, and communication.
For further guidance relating to careers and employability, consult the University of Suffolk Careers and Employability pages
Make sure you take advantage of these services!
An Exciting Network You Will Be Part Of
Your lecturers are part of a wide Science Community, having contacts and collaborations with many institutes, universities, industries and charities both at national and international level. These are some examples:
- Envigo (former Huntingdon Life Sciences) – toxicology lab
- Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
- National Osteoporosis Society
- UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB)
- UK Stem Cell Foundation
- Select Biosciences
- Technology Networks
- World Cancer Research Fund UK
- Suffolk New College
- Suffolk One
- King’s College London
- Max Plank Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
- IGEA Biophysics, Carpi (MO), Italy
- University of Ferrara, Italy
- University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
- University of Palermo, Italy
- IRCCS Orthopaedic Institute Galeazzi, Milan, Italy
- TRM-Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine/SIKT, Leipzig, Germany
- CRTD-Centre for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Germany
- The Somerville Foundation
- NUI Galway, Ireland.
Make sure you discuss with your personal tutor and/or your lecturers opportunities potentially emerging from this network.
Students are encouraged to become members of professional bodies relevant to their subject discipline. Membership provides a possibility of accessing conferences, workshops, careers information, job opportunities, networking opportunities and usually at least a quarterly publication. There are normally reduced fees for student membership. Staff are members of various professional bodies depending on their discipline, and they will be happy to discuss with you about suitable membership opportunities.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £8,865 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £985 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)
- International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.
- 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
- Postgraduate Study within Student Finance
At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.
- A 2:1 minimum classification or equivalent from undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
- It would be expected that in most cases applicants should hold a first degree in an appropriate subject such as those recognised as bioscience based courses by QAA, for example: Biology, Bioscience, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Sport Science, Human Biology, Health Sciences, Health Promotion, Cell Biology and Biotechnology.
- Those with an interest in the course possessing a non-bioscience based degree are asked to contact the course leader for guidance prior to application.
- Applicants must provide a reference letter or contact detail of academic tutors happy to provide a reference letter (the latter is the preferred choice) as a compulsory part of the application process.
We would be happy to consider applications from students with a scientific or healthcare background, however if you have a genuine interest in the topic and a relevant educational and/or relevant background we may be able to consider your application. You are advised to contact the Course Leader, any member of the Academic Team or the Admission Office for further guidance.
List of possible entry route degrees:
Biology and Society
Science (Biomolecular Studies)
Aquatic biology (Marine and Freshwater)
Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Applied Biological Sciences
Applied Physiology and Pharmacology
Sport Science (Biological)
This list is neither exclusive nor exhaustive but indicates what are considered relevant undergraduate subjects.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.
Facilities and Resources
Lectures and seminars may be held in any University of Suffolk building – students should check their course/module timetable to ensure they know where to attend each session. Laboratory classes will typically be held in the James Hehir Building, but again, students should regularly check timetables for correct location. The Academic Team currently have their offices in the James Hehir Building, on the third floor, whilst the administrative and managerial staff offices are located in the Waterfront Building.
Specialist Facilities and Skills Delivery
Student will enjoy excellent facilities in the £22M James Hehir Building, and these enable specialist skills delivery on the degree programme.
Along with a range of standard laboratory equipment including glassware, pipettes, centrifuges, low temperature and ultra-low temperature storage, and analytical balances there is a range of key specialist equipment to support the practical elements of the modules and the realisation of a research-based dissertation, including:
- Thermal cyclers
- Horizontal and vertical gel electrophoresis systems
- qPCR ABI ViiA7
- BioRad GelDoc XR+
- NanoDropTM 2000 Spectrophotometer
- Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer
- Class II Biosafety Cabinets
- CO2 Incubators
- BD FACS Calibur 4 Colour Analyser
- Vi Cell Automatic Cell Counter
- Primo Vert microscope with LCD
- 2 Axio Observer Z1
- 2 BioStation IM Time Lapse
- 2 Upright Zeiss Fluorescence Microscopes
- 2 Zeiss Dissection Microscopes
- 2 Bright OTF 5000 Cryostat
- Leica RM2235 manual microtome
- BioRad Mini Protean systems
- Semi Dry Western Blotting system
- G-box analyser
- FLUOstar Omega Plate Reader
- Tecan plate reader
- Hybridisation oven
- Water baths
- Dissolved oxygen probes
- UV/Vis spectrophotometers
- Manual Held CT Scan
- Micro CT scan
- 3D printers
In particular, our MSc students can benefit from two fully-equipped tissue culture suites, one mainly used for the growth and expansion of commonest cell lines, the other, placed within the research laboratory, reserved to the growth and expansion of a variety of stem cells and human tissue-derived cells. This room is utilised according to very strict GLP/GMP-like standards, ensuring appropriate and valuable training of students that may transfer skills acquired in this environment to the work within cell therapy production and manufacturing.
Discover about our research interest into biophysical stimulation as a tool for cell and tissue regeneration
Low- Frequency and low-Energy Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) have well-documented effects on the musculoskeletal system. The efficacy of PEMFs in modulating inflammation and supporting the metabolic activity of a variety of joint cells/tissues has been demonstrated in several in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies, and its effects can be explained, at least in part, as a result of working in synergy with selected adenosine receptors. In our laboratories we apply PEMFs to a variety of in vitro and quasi vivo-grown cell models, including myoblasts, synovial fibroblasts, and neural progenitor stem cells, to investigate their effect in controlling inflammation and/or support differentiation. This is done in collaboration with our long-standing company partner IGEA Clinical Biophysics, Carpi, Italy: https://www.igea.it/en IGEA Clinical Biophysics provided us with the PEMF devices as a courtesy loan. For info contact the Principal Investigator https://www.uos.ac.uk/people/dr-federica-masieri
Course Specific Health and Safety Guidelines
Health and Safety within the laboratory environment is often complex, specific, extensive and liable to regular updating. As such, specific safety training in conjunction with relevant modules will be undertaken as a part of the module. Health and Safety documentation relevant to the science laboratories and the procedures within them are available online. Please ask the Technical Staff for further directions.