University of Glasgow: Stem Cell Engineering For Regenerative Medicine

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
Study type Taught


It is widely acknowledged that there is a skills shortage within the industrial life sciences sector. The UK and further afield hosts a rapidly growing regenerative medicine sector with major centres focussed on production of cellular and acellular therapies and a growth of clinical trialling. Therefore there is increasing demand for recruits with highly specialised regenerative medicine experience. Our aim is to train a new generation of researchers with expertise in stem cell culture, engineering, regulation and translation in the regenerative medicine space. Our MSc will address unmet skills shortages in interdisciplinary sciences, with a focus on stem cells. Our students will be equipped through their MSc to work experimentally across disciplines, with industry and clinicians.


The MSc course will train students within a centre for excellence, specialising in stem cell science and their potential within regenerative medicine.

MSc training is delivered under the supervision of world-leading researchers, including Professors Mathew Dalby and Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez and Drs Catherine Berry, Mathis Riehle and Cristina Gonlalez, under the newly formed Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment at Glasgow.

The new Centre will be located within the Research Hub (opening 2020) where we will engage with the theme ‘Technologies Touching Life’. This brand new facility will incorporate polyomics, microscopy, materials processing and cell culture under one roof. Students will have access to nanofabrication (James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, materials characterisation, 3D bioprinting (RegenHu), microscopy, cell culture and analysis, computational modelling, polyomics (transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics, bioinformatics: ).

A culture of working with clinicians has been established, with strong links to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, to allow us to stratify our stem cell models to different diseases, such as bone (osteoporosis), cartilage (arthritis), bone marrow (cancer dormancy, haematopoiesis), skin (toxicology, wound healing), nerve and infection (airway, bone).

Interdisciplinary projects will be offered, that will lie at the interface between engineering and life sciences, supervised by world-leaders in their fields – all of whom have track record in interdisciplinary research.

Further focus will be our ability to bioengineer 3D microenvironments to enable stem cell growth and differentiation, creating 3D models for Pharma and toxicology testing. Students will work on an interdisciplinary project in their final semester, which will lie at the interface between bioengineering and life sciences, supervised by world-leaders in their field.


The MSc comprises 3 semesters; the first two involve several taught courses (via lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and seminars), whilst during the final semester students undertake a research project. The taught elements of the course will train students in basic laboratory skills as well as concepts in stem cell science and cell engineering and microenvironments.

**Core Courses:**

- Molecular Research Skills

- Stem Cell Science and Engineering Microenvironments for Regenerative Medicine

- Biophysics of Cells and Systems

- Nanofabrication

- Scaffolds and Tissues

- Current Trends and Challenges in Biomedical Research and Health

- Designing a Research Project: Biomedical Research Methodology

**Optional Courses:**
- Bio-imaging for Research Scientists

- Omic Analyses for the Biomedical Sciences: form Genomics to Metabolomics

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
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