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The programme in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine can be taken at two levels:

  • Certificate (60 credits)
  • Masters (180 credits)

The programme consists of six core modules (each worth 15 credits), which will be assessed by examination and coursework (e.g. writing a review paper, research grant, conference abstract). MSc students will also undertake a research project (90 credits) which will be assessed by the completion of a thesis and viva. The MSc will be awarded for satisfactory completion of 180 credits and a PG certificate awarded for the completion of 60 taught credits.

Mode of Study

The method of delivery for the course is flexible depending upon the time that you are able to commit to this course:

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 to 4 years


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group discussions, practical sessions, and demonstrations. Assessment is through presentations, problem-solving workshops, written practical reports, coursework, unseen written examinations and the dissertation.

Optional workshops in scientific writing, basic cell biology, toxicity and immunology are also available in the 1st term for students requiring a refresher in these topics. Throughout the year there will also be tutor group meetings with your personal tutor, who will discuss particular topics and advise on career options

Core Modules

Nanotechnology in Medicine

This module discusses why size matters in biological environments and current/future use of nanotechnology in disease diagnosis (biosensors, enhanced imaging); targeted drug delivery and release systems; why nanoscale engineering is important  tissue engineering and nanotoxicology.

Applied Tissue Engineering

The course introduces students to the use of tissue engineering as a strategy to replace or restore a level of function to diseased or damaged tissue. World leading
scientists and surgeons will provide lectures on engineering specific tissues and discuss future strategies in: 

  • Scaffold design
  • Bio-responsive scaffolds
  • Bio-mimetic scaffolds
  • The use of stem cells
Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine

An introduction to biomaterial design, manufacture and characterisation for regenerative medicine. This module will provide students with an understanding of material-cell interfaces and various approaches to modify materials to promote desirable cellular responses (including nanoscale biofunctionalisation and surface structuring).

Research Methodologies

A module teaching basic transferable research skills required for a modern research scientist (vital for your project).

Topics include:

  • Critical reviewing literature "What makes a good paper?"
  • Bibliography management (citation management software)
  • Scientific writing "critical thinking"
  • Presentation skills
  • Research planning & statistics
Practical Bio-Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine

A theoretical and practical introduction to experimental techniques required in tissue regeneration will help students to:

  • familiarise students with the laboratory setting
  • develop good laboratory research  practices, experimental planning techniques experimental results.
  • perform cell culture using aseptic techniques and cellular essay examining cell-material interactions
  • learn how to plan experiments
  • learn how to analyse & communicate results
  • learn how to characterise material physicochemical properties
Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine

Introduces students to various sources funding, how to obtain funding and routes to commercialisation. Seminars and workshops, students will prepare an actual grant based on their research project.

  • An Introduction to the route of translation of nanotechnology and regenerative medicine from "bench to bedside"
  • Students will be provided with a background on regulatory issues, spin-off company creation and the route market
  • Students teams/individuals will produce Wellcome Trust translation proposal & present to VCs (100%courswork)


After successful completion of the PGCert in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, students will undertake an extensive laboratory-based research project in translational research which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words and an individual viva. Students will be encouraged to publish their results in peer reviewed journals (if appropriate).

Projects are offered from within DSIS, other UCL Departments (e.g. Medical Physics, Ear Institute, London Centre of Nanotechnology) or in collaboration with other London Universities (e.g. Imperial College London).

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