Cell and Gene Therapy MSc

Options: PG Diploma, PG Certificate


This Master's degree in Cell and Gene Therapy provides an in-depth education in this cutting edge and rapidly developing field. It is 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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Flexible 2-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,700

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The degree covers all aspects of the subject, including basic biomedical science, molecular basis of disease, current and developing technologies and clinical applications. Students also receive vocational training in research methodology and statistics, how to perform a research project and in completing a practical laboratory based project.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), and its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is the largest centre in Europe devoted to clinical and basic research and post-graduate education in children's health. ICH/GOSH is a major centre for cell therapy, including haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and gene therapy.

We are one of the global leaders in clinical trials of gene therapy, and we are currently conducting three clinical trials of gene therapy for three separate disorders, with clinical trials for additional disorders, including some forms of cancer, in development.

There is a strong research interest in cell and gene therapy within the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS) at UCL, which has the largest concentration of clinicians and researchers active in this area of translational medicine in Europe. This is reflected by many groups conducting high-quality research and clinical trials using gene or cell therapy, including researchers in the Institute of Child Health, Division of Infection and Immunity, Institute of Ophthalmology, Institute for Women's Health, Institute of Genetics and the Cancer Institute.35


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The MSc programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time up to five years) is offered

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks or up to two years part-time) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Molecular Aspects of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Applications of Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Research Methodology and Statistics
  • Stem Cell and Tissue Repair

Options

  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
  • Applied Genomics
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
  • Molecular and Genetic Basis of Paediatric Disease
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal: Biomedicine
  • Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Science

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, problem classes and tutorials. Course assessment varies depending on the course, but includes written coursework, multiple-choice questions, written examinations, a practical analysis exam and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


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


Entry requirements

Applicants should be: a qualified medical practitioner, with a qualification equivalent to a UK MB BS, a non-clinical scientist with a minimum of an upper second-class BSc or equivalent in a life or biomedical science subject; or a healthcare, pharmaceutical or biotech professional and scientist with equivalent experience (minimum 3 years).

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 medics and scientists who would like to develop their knowledge in this distinct area, with a view to contributing to research and clinical trials in the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Cell and Gene Therapy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Cell and Gene Therapy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your 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.


Career

As this is a new programme no information on graduate destinations is currently available. However, a number of graduates have gone on to secure PhD places.

Employability

This novel course aims to equip students for careers in research, education, medicine and business in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Examples of potential careers could include academic research and/or lecturing in a university or other higher education setting, conducting clinical trials as part of a team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals, monitoring and analysing the results of clinical trials as part of a clinical trials unit, developing new therapies or intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry or other business venture.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Amanda Kosinski

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2119

Department

Institute of Child Health

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Student View

"My experience of graduate study at the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) matches the expectations I had from such a high-ranked university. The classes in my MSc had small groups of students and the lecturers were all cutting-edge experts, not only from UCL but also from other UK top universities."

Miguel Calero Garcia

Degree: Cell and Gene Therapy MSc

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