Human Tissue Repair MRes

London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Specialise in human tissue repair on this globally innovative MRes. You will be taught by leading research scientists and clinicians within UCL's world-class research and teaching environment, and receive in-depth, specialised training. The course acts as the ideal foundation year for a biomedical research career and will equip you to work at the highest levels of biomedical science.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
1 academic year
2 academic years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

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, or an overseas qualification or an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Human tissue repair after injury and in disease, and the development of effective treatments, is the focus of all biomedical research. This is the only programme in the world to offer an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning about human tissue repair, regeneration and therapy at this level.

You will be equipped with a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of inflammation and the immune response in human health and disease, while also studying cellular and molecular mechanisms of human tissue repair, and the therapies designed to repair and restore tissue function. Treatments covered include immunotherapy, stem cell therapy, transplantation, tissue constructs and medical devices.

You will also obtain the practical, analytical and transferable skills needed for conducting your own biomedical research.

UCL offers a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences. You will be part of UCL's internationally renowned Divisions of Medicine and Surgery & Interventional Science and based at the new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Campus.

The course offers the ideal stringboard for embarking on further academic study and working at the highest levels of biomedical sciences.

Who this course is for

This programme is for scientists or clinicians who are looking to gain a thorough knowledge of the mechanisms involved in human tissue repair, inflammation, immunotherapy, tissue engineering or transplantation sciences. It is particularly relevant for those interested in working on cutting-edge biomedical research, with an emphasis on developing your practical laboratory and transferable skills for further research or working in the pharmaceutical industry.

What this course will give you

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • The chance to study in a world-class research and teaching environment in biomedical sciences, within UCL's new Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Campus.
  • Access to teaching from UCL's internationally renowned Divisions of Medicine and Surgery and Interventional Science (the programme is run jointly by both).
  • Access to multi-disciplinary training in inflammation, immunology, tissue engineering, transplantation, drug discovery and in understanding and treating human disease.
  • Opportunities to work with experts across UCL institutes and divisions, in UCL partner hospitals, and with industrial partners.
  • The chance to develop the skills and techniques required to work successfully in a biomedical research science lab.
  • The chance to work on research that could lead to publication.

The foundation of your career

You will gain awareness of the commercial opportunities and diverse funding mechanisms for developing new ideas, technologies and applications, and be well prepared for careers in academia or industrial biomedical sciences.


The programme provides a solid foundation and network for further academic study and for working at the highest levels of biomedical sciences. Previous graduates have successfully joined graduate-entry programmes in Medicine both in the UK and abroad.

You could take the specialist skills you develop into the public healthcare sector and NHS, industry and biopharma, government and research councils, biomedical charities and stakeholders, sports medicine, or scientific media and publishing houses.

Graduates are also equipped with transferable skills in presentation, writing, organisation and teamwork.


There are regular networking opportunities, including events where you can hear from expert speakers. We encourage students to broaden their skills and expand their networks by attending and participating at conferences.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a mix of seminars, lectures, e-learning, laboratory work, practicals and small group tutorials.

Assessment is through examination, presentations, coursework, practical reports and a dissertation. Examinations are taken in-person, coursework is submitted online, and practical reports are completed during lab time. Research project dissertations are written in the style of a thesis.

Term one consists of approximately 16 hours of teaching a week and 12 hours of independent learning.

Term two consists of approximately 15 hours of teaching a week and 12 hours of independent learning.


Term one establishes the foundation of knowledge for the MRes with four compulsory core modules: 'Principles of Inflammation', 'Principles of Immunology', 'Tissue Repair and Regeneration' and 'Research Methods'.

Towards the end of the first term, you will be asked to select one of two pathways (either 'Immunotherapy' or 'Applied Tissue Engineering'), and a research project based on your own scientific interests.

In term two, you will then choose one of two selective modules as your route: 'Immunological Basis of Disease' or 'Applied Tissue Engineering'. This will determine the name of your final degree, i.e. Human Tissue Repair ('Immunotherapy' or 'Tissue Engineering').

In term two, you will also complete a compulsory 'Practical Laboratory Research Skills' module. This is a wet-laboratory module where you will be taught the basic skills and techniques required to work successfully in a biomedical research science lab. This will prepare you for your chosen research projects.

In term three, you will carry out a research project from a list of projects available within the Division of Medicine, according to your individual scientific interest and chosen route. You will be placed in, and be part of, research groups on active projects, generating valuable data which could lead to publication. Projects typically take six to eight months full time in our laboratories.

Year one

Term one:

  • Principles of Inflammation
  • Principles of Immunology

Term two:      

  • Immunological Basis of Disease


  • Applied Tissue Engineering

Year two

Term one:

  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills

Term two:

  • Practical Laboratory Research Skills

Term two and three: 

  • Research Project

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Human Tissue Repair.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £17,300 £8,650
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400 £17,200

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

Additional costs

If you want to make the most of our facilities, you may need to factor in the cost of travel between our campuses. Find out about the cost of using public transport at Transport for London.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Bursaries are available for several Division of Medicine programmes. Find out if this course is eligible.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Deadline: 14 December 2023
Value: Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Division of Medicine PGT Bursary

Deadline: 31 July 2024
Value: £5,000 towards fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

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.

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Human Tissue Repair at graduate level
  • why you want to study Human Tissue Repair at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to a laboratory research programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this and 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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