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Amanda Kosinski

email: cgt [@] ucl.ac.uk

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Next intake: September 2014

Application deadline: 1st August 2014

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Open Day: 19th November 2014

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Cell and Gene Therapy

MSc, PG Diploma & PG Certificate


Programme Directors: Professor Christine Kinnon and Dr. Steven Howe



                                         

Treatment of disease using gene and stem cell therapy is now a reality. With emerging technologies and new clinical trials being developed and initiated at an increasing rate, there is a need for trained scientists and clinicians with expertise in this area.

The UK, and the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) in particular, is at the forefront of developing cell and gene therapy for clinical application to a wide range of human genetic disorders.

The Teaching Faculty for this new unique course has been chosen from the Institute of Child Health, its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital and other UCL Departments which will reflect the wide range of world class research.

Programme Outline

The Masters degree in Cell and Gene Therapy will provide an in depth education in this cutting edge and rapidly developing field.  It will be delivered by scientists and clinicians researching, developing and testing new treatments for genetically inherited and acquired diseases using gene delivery technology, stem cell manipulation and DNA repair techniques. The degree will cover all aspects of the subject, including basic biomedical science, molecular basis of disease, current and developing technologies and clinical applications.  Students will also receive vocational training in research methodology and statistics, how to perform a research project and in completing a practical laboratory based project.

Aims

To provide knowledge and understanding of:
  • Scientific principles which underlie the rationale for cell and gene therapy, including basic knowledge of genetics, cell biology, virology and immunology
  • The molecular, genetic and clinical basis of a wide range of disorders that could be treated by these techniques
  • Laboratory techniques that could be used in clinical trials of cell and gene therapy
  • Historical, current and future cell and gene therapy treatment strategies
  • Research design, methodology and statistics.

Masters degree

(180 Credits)

One academic year of full-time study or two to five academic years of flexible study.

4 x Core Modules

4 x Optional Modules

Research Project

Postgraduate Diploma

(120 Credits)

One academic year of full-time study or two to five academic years of flexible study.

4 x Core Modules

4 x Optional Modules

Postgraduate Certificate

(60 Credits)

Twelve weeks of full-time study or up to two academic years of part-time study.

4 x Core Modules


Important: Please note that although it is unlikely, dates are subject to change. Some exams fall between Terms 2 and 3, over Easter.

ICH Induction Day – Wednesday 25th September 2013

PG Cert / PG Dip / MSc – Core (compulsory) modules

 Module Title
Credits
Total learning hours
Method of Assessment
Dates (these are still subject to change)
Research Methodology and Statistics
15
150
 2.5 hours, unseen exam
Thursday 3 Oct 13
Thursday 10 Oct 13
Thursday 17 Oct 13
Thursday 24 Oct 13
Thursday 31 Oct 13
Thursday 14 Nov 13
Stem Cells and Tissue Repair
15
150
Written course work and oral presentation
13 - 17 Jan 2014
9am - 5pm approx
Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
15
150
2 hour unseen exam with short answer questions
27 - 31 Jan 2014
9am - 5pm approx
Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
15
 150 2 hour unseen exam with short written answers
10 - 14 Feb 2014
9am - 5pm approx

PGDip / MSc – Optional modules

Module Title
Credits
Total learning hours
Method of Assessment
Dates (these are still subject to change)
Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
15
150
Pre-disclosed essay (3000 words)
Mon 30 Sept 13
Mon 7 Oct 13
Mon 14 Oct 13
Mon 21 Oct 13
Mon 28 Oct 13
Mon 4 Nov 13
Mon 11 Nov 13
Mon 18 Nov 13
Mon 2 Dec 13
Mon 9 Dec 13
9am - 5.30pm approx
Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
15
150
Essay, oral presentation and poster presentation

Wed 9 Oct

Wed 16 Oct

Wed 13 Nov

Wed 4 Dec

Wed 2 July

Wed 16 July

Starts in Term 1 and runs all year. Dates to be finalised.

Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatric Disease
15
150
MCQ and written coursework

25 - 29 Nov 2013 

Exam 5th Dec

Applied Genomics
15
150
2 hour, 2 part practical analysis exam and contributions to discussions
24 Feb - 3 March 2014
9am - 5pm approx
HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
15
150
Written coursework
Tues and Thurs mornings Term 2. Short modules make allowance for this module.
Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Science  15 150
MCQ/Short Answers and written
Thursdays Term 1 - this is an introduction to working in labs for those without any experience - please speak with course staff if you think you need to take this module.

Research project for MSc students

Research Project in Cell and Gene Therapy 60 600 Dissertation and viva

28 April – 15 August 2014

Viva 12 September 2014

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for this course you must either be:

  • A qualified medical practitioner, with a qualification equivalent to a UK MBBS, interested in pursuing research careers in biomedical science;
  • A non-clinical scientist with BSc or equivalent in a life or biomedical science subject, with minimum 2:1 degree awarded;
  • A healthcare, pharmaceutical or biotech professional and scientist with equivalent experience (minimum 3 years).

Overseas students would be required to have a UCL 'good level' of English. This is an IELTS 7 or equivalent result in other English proficiency tests accepted by UCL. Please see website below for further details.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/english-language/index

Fees 2014-2015

Qual. Programme Title Programme Code UK/EU Full-time Overseas Full-time
MSc Cell and Gene Therapy
TMSICHSCGT01 £10,800 £23,700
PG Dip Cell and Gene Therapy TPPICHSCGT01 £5,700 £14,700
PG Cert
Cell and Gene Therapy TCPICHSCGT01 £2,900  £7,200

Modular/Flexible

Modular / Flexible students can spread their studies over a period of up to five years. This is different to Part-time which is fixed-term for 2 years. Your 'Fees Due' will show as £0 initially but you should still pre-enrol and then enrol. After enrolment, Modular / Flexible students select their modules for the year. Once selected, a fee will be calculated for the academic year - this is calculated based on the number of credits assigned to the modules chosen and pro rata of the full-time fee as indicated in the schedule above. In any academic year you will only pay for the number of credits chosen at any point in that year. Please note that all course fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. A Masters is worth 180 credits, a PG Dip 120 credits and a PG Cert 60 credits. 


For further information about fees please see the UCL Fees page.

How to apply

Applications are made direct to UCL. You can apply online, or download the application form in pdf format.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application/taught

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