Division of Surgery & Interventional Science


Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine MSc

Delivered by a group of world-leading research scientists, lecturers and experts in technology transfer, the MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine has a clinical focus, ensuring it addresses real medical needs. Students have the opportunity to learn about new technologies that are transforming modern medicine: nanomedicine; tissue engineering; stem cell technologies. They will also develop research skills by joining interdisciplinary world leading teams. An in-depth laboratory-based research project is an integral component of the programme (50%). 

Project topics include: nanoparticle targeted drug delivery, imaging and therapy; trachea, nose, ear, cardiovascular, skin and bone tissue engineering; functionalised scaffolds for directing stem cell differentiation.

As part of the MSc, students are encouraged to interact with the wider regenerative medicine and nanotechnology community by becoming members of the London Network of Regenerative Medicine (LRMN), the UCL Stem Cell network and attending specially arranged seminars.

Discover more about the MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine by downloading the programme Overview Timetable.

Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine are rapidly expanding fields with the potential to revolutionise modern medicine. This cross-disciplinary programme provides students with a robust scientific understanding in these fields, combined with a "hands-on" practical and translational focus.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2017/18)
£14,220 (FT) £7,110 (PT)
£26,780 (FT) £13,320 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 1 September 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a science/engineering subject or a medical degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Research experience will also be taken into account.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Student career options and progression during and following the completion of the degree are considered to be of the utmost importance. Personal tutors will offer individual advice and seminars are arranged on a variety of career competencies including CV writing, writing research proposals and positive personal presentation.

Networking with world-leading scientists, new biotechnology CEO's and clinicians is encouraged and enabled throughout the programme. Research output in terms of publishing papers and presenting at conferences is also promoted.

Recent career destinations include:

  • PhD or Medicine at UCL, Imperial College London and Universities of Oxford and Cambridge
  • Clinical PhD training programmes
  • NHS hospitals in the UK
  • EU and overseas hospitals and research facilities

Recent career destinations for this degree
  • Health Careers Program, Harvard University
  • PhD Medicine, Queen's University, Belfast
  • PhD Bioengineering, Imperial College London
  • PhD Nanomedicine, UCL
  • DPhil Researcher (Biomedical Sciences), University of Oxford and studying MSc Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, University College London (UCL)

Graduates of the programme gain the transferable laboratory, critical and soft skills, such as science communication, necessary to pursue a scientific or clinical research career in the fields of nanomedicine and regenerative medicine.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Application and next steps


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.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed to be accessible to students from a large number of disciplines, ranging from medicine and biology to physics, chemistry and engineering.

Application deadlines
All applicants
1 September 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

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Degree last modified on 14 September 2017 at 16:54 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Degree Information

This programme will equip students with a critical understanding of:

  • how nanotechnology can be harnessed for the improved detection and treatment of disease
  • the use of stem cells in medicine
  • tissue engineering strategies for tissue regeneration
  • improving biomaterials for directing cell behaviour
  • the regulatory, ethical and commercial hurdles for the translation of these emerging technologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

A PG Certificate (60 credits) is offered in Flexible/Modular study mode only, over a maximum two years. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and two optional modules (30 credits).

Core modules
  • Nanotechnology in Medicine *
  • Applied Tissue Engineering *
  • Biomaterials
  • Research Methodologies
  • Practical Bio-Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine
  • * PG Cert - compulsory modules
Optional modules

Choose one of the following options; attendance at the other module is possible but will not be assessed.

  • Stem Cells in Medicine and their Applications in Surgery
  • Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine

All students undertake an extensive laboratory-based (90 credits) research project which culminates in a dissertation of c.15,000 words and an individual viva voce.

Teaching and Learning

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine MSc

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  • Development of a new multi channel biodegradable conduit for nerve regeneration using nanocomposite polymer with biofunctionalised surfaces and stem cells
  • Assessment of self-endothelialisation potential of a novel heart valve made with a new nanocomposite, using endothelial progenitor stem cells isolated from human peripheral blood
  • Development of coronary artery stent with new generation of nanocomposite polymer with in-situ endothelisation.
  • Optimization of the design and assessment of hydrodynamic performance of a synthetic leaflet heart valve made with a novel nanocomposite material and an advanced complex design.
  • Differentiation of stem cells to chondrocytes for development of cartilage
  • Development filler for breast with nanomaterials and fat stem cells
  • Application of carbon nanotubes in cancer therapy
  • Lymphatic tissue engineering
  • Conjugation of quantum dots for localisation and treatment of cancer
  • Developmnet of Superparamagnetic and fluorescence nanoparticle to tracking and monitoring stem cells
  • Development of a backing layer for a Smart Matrix Synthetic Dermal Scaffold for full-thickness skin loss: Protein covalent coupling derivatisation of a polyurethane-silioxane nanostructured polymer
  • PEGylated Nanocarriers for Delivery of Fluorescent Drugs for Photodynamic Therapy and Photodiagnosis of Cancer
  • Small bowel tissue engineering
  • Nitric oxide releasing POSS-nanocomposite polymer for cardiovascular implants.
  • Generating ears from nanocomposite polymer, bioactive peptides and Autologous Auricular Chondrocytes
  • Development of new generation of dental filler using nanocrustal
  • Development of hypoxia pathway regulating scaffolds for wound healing
  • Development of pro-angiogenic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
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Teaching Administrator Ms Julie Cheek  j.cheek@ucl.ac.uk  020 7794 0500 ext. 34980 
Programmemme Director & Lead  Dr Gavin Jell  g.jell@ucl.ac.uk  020 7431 4934 
Module Lead - Practical Cell-Material Interactions  Dr Brian cousins  brian.cousines@ucl.ac.uk   
Module Lead - Applied Biomaterials  Dr Wendi Song  w.song@ucl.ac.uk   
Module Lead - Nanotechnology in Medicine  Dr Kate Ricketts  k.ricketts@ucl.ac.uk   
Module Lead - Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine  Dr Ashleigh Boyd  a.boyd@ucl.ac.uk   
Module Lead - Translation of Regenerative Medicine and Nanomedicine  Dr Cheryl Teoh  gui.teoh.11@ucl.ac.uk   
Module Lead - Research Methodologies  Dr Catherine Pendegrass  c.pendegrass@ucl.ac.uk