UCL Division of Medicine


MSc/MRes Human Tissue Repair

Biomedical research aims to understand human tissue repair after injury and in disease and to provide effective targeted therapy. This MSc/MRes programme, taught by leading scientists and clinicians, will provide an integrated approach to human tissue repair. Students will prepare for a PhD and a career in biomedicine.

Why should I study this at UCL?

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences. The UCL Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science jointly offer an MSc/MRes within the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) based at the Royal Free Campus, to deliver an unique programme with an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy. The course aims to harness basic, biomedical and clinical expertise and research strengths assembled from across UCL Institutes and Divisions and UCL partner hospitals together with industrial colleagues which will provide world-leading cohesive teaching and training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.


What will I learn?

Inflammation and the immune response are important to all human diseases, in maintaining health, and essential in the development of treatments including transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices. The MSc/MRes will provide knowledge of the cellular and molecular inflammatory pathways, the role of immunity and immune response in disease and in therapies designed to repair, regenerate and replace tissue function.The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work, and practicals. Assessment is through examination, presentations, essays, practical reports and dissertation.

The programme will consist of 180 credits made up from modules worth 15 credits and either a research project worth 60 credits leading to the MSc or 90 credits leading to an MRes. Completion of the 4 core modules from Term 1 can lead to a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). Completion of 4 additional modules from Term 2 making a total of 120 credits can lead to a Diploma.

All students will take 4 compulsory core modules (60 credits) in Term 1 which form the foundation of knowledge required for both the MSc or the MRes degree. During the first term, the students will be asked to select one of three ‘pathways’ for term 2.

Term 1Term 2

Compulsory Core Module: Practical Laboratory Research Skills

Students will then select their ‘pathway’ by selecting ONE of the following:

After choosing a pathway, MSc students will take two additional optional modules from the table below.

‘Immunotherapy’ Route‘Transplantation Science’ Route
(The above optional modules are subject to confirmation the module is running in term 2 and potential timetable clashes. The lists are not exhaustive and other modules may be taken with the permission of the Programme Lead.)


Have a look at our route videos to learn more:

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What are you looking for in prospective students?

This course requires a medical degree or a UK bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject (biological science, biomedicine, biophysics, chemistry, medicine), awarded with first or upper second-class honours. If you did not study your degree in the UK, please see our International Equivalences page.

If English is not your first language, you'll also have to provide evidence of your language ability, see more on our English Language Requirements page. This course requires "Standard". You may also wish to consider the UCL Pre-Master's in Biomedical and Medical Sciences, a preparation course for applicants with a conditional offer (based on English language) for this degree. 


Where can this course lead me in terms of careers and employability?

The programme will prepare students for further academic study (transfer to PhD programmes) and to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. It will also provide the foundation and links for careers engaged in the public healthcare sector and the NHS, in industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, and scientific media and publishing houses. Students will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for the development of new ideas, technologies and applications. Our learning methods will prepare students for careers in academic or industrial biomedical sciences, as well as providing transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and team work.

All UCL students are supported by the UCL Careers Service, as well as the department's own specialist Careers Tutor. Find out how UCL students have benefited from London’s wealth of resources, networking potential, placements, internships and employment opportunities on our Graduate page.


Where will the course take place?

Both MSc and MRes Human Tissue Repair will be delivered at the UCL campus at the Royal Free Hospital located in the Hampstead area of London. We do not offer any online or distance courses at this time.


When does the course run?

The term dates shown below are for 2021/22:

First term     Monday 27 September 2021 to Friday 17 December 2021
Second termMonday 10 January 2022 to Friday 25 March 2022
Third termMonday 25 April 2022 to Friday 10 June 2022

Students on full-time Masters programmes study for a full calendar year and students are expected to study beyond the end of the third term to prepare their dissertation in time for submission at the end of August.


How much does it cost?

The tuition fees shown below are for 2021/22*:

Fee StatusCost
UK£14,270 (MRes) £14,300 (MSc)
Overseas£27,170 (MRes) £28,500 (MSc)
* Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.


Wondering how to fund your Master's at UCL? Watch a video on YouTube to learn about available funding options: How to fund your Master’s at UCL

Further information on fees can be viewed on the UCL Fees page. If you're unsure of your fee status, please see our Student Fee Status page and for funding opportunities visit our Scholarships and Funding page. Practical advice for prospective EU students concerning Brexit, as well as links to further information on the topic can be found here.

The Division of Medicine is offering bursaries of £5000 each to students on MSc/MRes Human Tissue Repair.

For full information and to apply, please read and complete an application form and return to Nick Bone by 31st July 2021.

Download: bursaryapplicationform2021-22.doc



How can I apply?

Applications for 2021/22 will be open from 9th November 2020 until 31st May 2021.

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places and those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. We recommend students who would require a Tier 4 visa to apply early to avoid delay.

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