Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine MSc

London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£16,500
£8,250
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£32,100
£16,050
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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

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. International Preparation Courses

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

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

Based within the world-leading medical research environment of the UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science this MSc retains a clinical focus and addresses real medicine needs. Students learn about the route of translation from research ideas into actual products which can benefit patients.

An in-depth research project is an integral component of the programme; expert support allows students to investigate cutting-edge projects and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.

Students are embedded within the vibrant research community of the Faculty of Medical Sciences which provides students - through research seminars, symposia and eminent guest lecturers - outstanding networking opportunities within the research, clinical and translational science communities.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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 industries 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:

  • Studying PhDs 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
  • Scientific consultancies

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.

Contact hours will vary across modules but taught modules are around 20-24 hours. You will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study to support the contact ours.

A Postgraduate 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).

Modules

Full-time

This programme will equip you with a critical understanding of how nanotechnology can be harnessed for the improved detection and treatment of disease.  Full-time study is split into three terms. 

Term 1:   You will study research methodologies to gain research data analysis skills together with gaining a basic understanding of the field through the compulsory taught modules on Nanotechnology in Medicine, Applied Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials. There are also co-curriculum activities to support your studies, a Journal club to critically engage with the field, Basic Biology and Chemistry workshops to help harmonization and support your studies in this interdisciplinary field. Together with research seminars that will connect you to the research performed within the department.    This knowledge will equip you with the necessary knowledge to understand the challenges in the field and aid your research project choice.

Term 2:   You will complete a laboratory based module that enables you to learn practical laboratory skills that will prepare you for the research project. You will start working on your research project in this term and complete the optional module and taught assessments.

Term 3:    You will continue with your research project. This will be a research project aligned to your supervisor's expertise and worth 50% of the final programme mark.  You will join research active teams from a wide range of related fields from stem cell therapy, 3D printing, directing stem cell differentiation, growing 3D tissues and orthopaedic implant science.

An alternative 120:60 pathway is offered for those who prefer a smaller credit research project (in Term 3) plus additional taught/elective modules.

Part-time

The recommended structure is:

In Year 1 you should aim to complete four taught core modules, example: Research Methodology, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and the Laboratory Practical.

In Year 2 you will complete Nanotechnology and one optional module from either Translation of Nanomedicine or Stem Cells and their applications in surgery. You will also complete your research project.

For the 120:60 pathway you will need to complete an additional two optional/elective modules over the two years.

The timetable follows the full-time structure and you must be available to attend the modules you are registered for whenever they are delivered.

Flexible

You can select as many or few modules each year. The research project is selected in your final year.  

The timetable follows the full-time structure and you must be available to attend the modules you are registered for whenever they are delivered.

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 is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100 £16,050

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the UCL Libraries and journal articles in your reading lists are also mostly available electronically from E-resources @ UCL.

Some students like to purchase their own text books or print course documents and we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this.

All students are required to pay for their DBS check if required for your programme or placement if relevant. This can cost students between £25 - £44 - for the latest details please check the government website.

In addition, students will be required to pay for their travel costs to teaching, work placements or project locations.

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

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021