Clinical Cell and Tissue Engineering MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate

The new Clinical Cell and Tissue Engineering programme is designed for scientists, technicians and clinicians in this rapidly expanding field in which UCL is a world leader. It is taught by research scientists and academic clinicians from the UK and other EU countries who are actively involved in frontline research delivery.

Mode of study

  • Part-time 2 years (1 day per week)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £TBC
  • Overseas Part-time: £TBC

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students learn about the science behind cell and tissue engineering as well as the historical context, and receive practical tuition in production of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) to EU good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards. They will develop skills to assist in ATMP development and validation whilst understanding the complex nature of clinical-grade cell and tissue manufacturing.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The importance of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) in world healthcare is recognised by national governments in the developed and developing countries.

UCL is a world-leading institution in both pre-clinical research and the clinical scale manufacture of ATMPs, which includes cell therapies, gene therapies and tissue engineered products (TEPs).

As an internationally recognised research and development centre, UCL has a more diverse range of ATMPs in clinical trial than any other academic centre in the world. Three UCL-developed ATMPs have already passed into commercialisation, demonstrating our ability to bridge the development gap between early trials and industry technology transfer.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, part-time 20 months) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, part-time 27 weeks) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Basic Laboratory Methodology used in the Manufacture of ATMPs
  • Commercialisation of ATMPs and the Role of Qualified Persons in ATMP Supply
  • Designing and Commissioning a GMP Facility for ATMP Manufacture
  • Development of Cell and Tissue Therapies and Clinical Trials of ATMPs
  • Foundation of Cell and Tissue Therapies
  • Quality and Validation in ATMP Manufacturing and Development
  • The Clinical Application of Cell and Gene Therapies and Tissue Engineered Products
  • The Global Regulation of Advanced Cell, Gene and Tissue Therapies


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion groups, and activities. Assessment is through coursework, practicals, presentations, examinations and the dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion groups, and activities. Assessment is through coursework, practicals, presentations, examinations and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Scholarships available for this department

GREAT/UCL Scholarship

This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent overseas qualification, or an appropriate professional qualification or relevant work experience.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for life sciences graduates; scientists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals, and especially individuals from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. The programme is suitable for recent graduates as well as those who are in employment and seeking career development.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study in this area at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme will benefit those planning to work or who are already working in an industrial or healthcare setting, particularly in the biopharmaceutical industry or the blood and tissue services sector. It will also be useful for those contemplating a PhD or medical studies.


Students acquire specific skill sets depending upon background knowledge and career choice, and a substantial research project element develops independent research skills whilst obtaining technical supervision and training.

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Ms Kathryn Knapp

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