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Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine MSc

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Part-time (2 years) will usually need to attend for approximately 1.5 days each week (October-February).

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£15,530 (FT)
£7,780 (PT)
Overseas:
£29,260 (FT)
£14,460 (PT)


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 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: Standard

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.

Select your country:

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.

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).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Nanotechnology in Medicine *
  • Applied Tissue Engineering *
  • Research Methodology
  • Biomaterials
  • Bionanotechnology Techniques (Lab Practical)

*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
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Research Methodologies and Transferable Skills (SURG0002), Applied Tissue Engineering (SURG0058) and Nanotechnology (SURG0084) will be compulsory in Term 1. Biomaterials in Tissue Regeneration: Micro and Nanoscale Surface Structuring (SURG0087) and Tissue Culture and Bionanotechnology Techniques (SURG0085) are now compulsory in Term 2. Applied Tissue Engineering (SURG0058) will now be delivered in Term 1. Stem Cells and Their Applications in Surgery (SURG0059) and Translation of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (Bench to Bedside) (SURG0086) will now be delivered in Term 2. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an extensive laboratory-based (90 credits) research project which culminates in a dissertation of c.15-18k 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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. Students will be required to print and bind two copies of their Research project at approximately £25-£50. 

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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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

Careers

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:

  • 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

Employability

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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 laboratory-based 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.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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
28 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

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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