MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Every day we are hearing of ground breaking advances in the field of tissue engineering which offer tremendous potential for the future of regenerative medicine and health care. Staff at Swansea University are active in many aspects of tissue engineering.

Key Features

We are actively researching many aspects of tissue engineering including the following areas:

  • Characterisation and control of the stem cell niche
  • Mechanical characterisation of stem cells and tissues
  • Production of novel scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Electrospinning of scaffold materials
  • Cartilage repair and replacement
  • Bone repair and replacement
  • The application of nanotechnology to regenerative medicine
  • Wound healing engineering
  • Reproductive Immunobiology
  • Bioreactor design

As a MSc By Research student, you will join one of the teams at Swansea University working in tissue engineering and use state of the art research equipment within the Centre for NanoHealth, a collaborative initiative between the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine.

Description

The aim of this MSc by Research is to provide you with a solid grounding within the field of tissue engineering and its application within regenerative medicine. 

This will be achieved through a year of research in a relevant area of tissue engineering identified after discussion with Swansea academic staff. Working with two academic supervisors you will undertake a comprehensive literature survey which will enable the formulation of an experimental research program.  

As a student on the MSc by Research course, you will be given the relevant laboratory training to undertake the research program . The research will be written up as a thesis that is examined. You will also be encouraged to present your work in the form of scientific communications such as journals and conference poster presentation.

The MSc by Research will equip you with a wealth of research experience and knowledge that will benefit your future career in academia or the health care industries. 

Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Tissue Engineering at Swansea University include:

  • Quality assurance of human stem cell/primary cell bank
  • The development of electrospinning techniques for the production of novel tissue engineering scaffolds.
  • The incorporation of pulsed electromagnetic fields into wound dressings.
  • The application of pulsed electromagnetic fields for improved wound healing.
  • The use of nanoparticles in the control of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds.
  • The control of bacterial adhesion at surfaces relevant to regenerative medicine.
  • The production of micro-porous particles for bone repair

Find out more about some of  the academic staff supervising theses in these areas:

Dr Chris Wright

Professor Huw Summers

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is a first or upper second class honours degree in in biology, engineering or related subjects.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:
www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/english-requirements

 

How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email engineering@swansea.ac.uk to express your interest in a MSc by Research Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

Apply online and track your application status for the MSc by Research at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the MSc by Research www.swan.ac.uk/international/students/apply

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,120 £16,950
MSc by Research Part-time £2,060 £8,500

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc by Research do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Assessment

A thesis of no more than 30,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area. This is then assessed by viva voce examination by both an internal and external examiner.

Facilities

The £22 million Centre for Nanohealth is a unique facility linking engineering and medicine will house a unique micro-nanofabrication clean room embedded within a biological research laboratory and with immediate access to clinical research facilities run by local NHS clinicians.

Find out more about the facilities used by Medical Engineering students at Swansea University.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

  • Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
  • Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
  • Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK