Regenerative Medicine is an exciting emerging discipline, which aims to develop novel therapeutics to repair and regenerate damaged and diseased organs. These therapeutics utilise stem cells, gene therapy, biomaterials, engineered tissue and biologically active compounds. This 12-month taught MSc course will equip you with the skills to participate in this discipline. Modules will address the science behind Regenerative Medicine as well as its application to human disease.
The first two semesters will consist of modules (see details of these on course website) covering the scientific principles of stem cells, gene therapy, tissue engineering, immunology and pharmacology. Training in scientific concepts and techniques important to biomedical research takes place via a series of laboratory-based practical sessions. The regulatory issues involved in translating research observation to an approved treatment for patients will be a focus throughout the course. During the summer semester, students embark on individual laboratory based research projects.
3 Good Reasons To Study This Course
1. Students will undertake a summer-long, laboratory-based research project. Previously, these projects have been based at NUI Galway, Galway University Hospital and with research groups in Dublin,, Cork and Maynooth. Students have conducted thee projects in laboratories in the Netherlands and at the Mayo Clinic in the US.
2.The MSc course is based in the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), a biomedical research institute recognised as Ireland's primary centre for stem cell and gene therapy research. Students will be taught by researchers conducting clinical trials with stem cells as well as researchers studying how stem cells function in health and disease.
3. REMEDI is home to Ireland's only stem cell manufacturing facility, CCMI, the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland, which translates, as well as manufactures, research from REMEDI's programmes into cell-based medicinal products for clinical trials.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants should have, or should expect to obtain, at least a Second Class Honours degree in a biological/life science or medicine. Students who have a degree without honours in a related area and have three or more years of practical experience in the subject area will also be eligible to apply for this course.
1 year full-time.
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Graduates of this course have found employment in biomedical device and biotechnology companies and clinical research organisations in Ireland and abroad. Many graduates have obtained PhD studentships in Ireland and the UK, as well as in Austria, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and the US. Some graduates have gone on to study medicine, and graduates with clinical backgrounds have progressed to clinical fellowships.