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Skin Sciences and Regenerative Medicine

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Overview

This course starts in 2016

This research-led Master's course is designed to enable you to understand the biology behind, and applications of, a cutting edge area of the biosciences - regenerative medicine - using the skin as a main focus. 

Regenerative medicine aims to treat human disease by producing replacement cells, tissues or organs.  It involves a group of new technologies based on the use of stem cells.  This area is currently at an early stage but is developing rapidly due to the recent ability to manipulate specialised adult stem cells to revert to a more embryonic-like stage which can produce all cell types.

The skin is a particularly useful model as it contains very active stem cells and is a relatively accessible source of human cells. The unique human regenerative capacity of the hair follicle is particularly interesting. Follicles shed their hairs during frequent growth cycles regenerating new replacements; these may resemble previous ones or differ in size and/or colour (e.g. beard hairs replacing tiny facial hairs).

Learning about stem cells and skin function in health and disease will also give you understanding of areas already important to pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Find out more about the School of Medical Sciences.

Why Bradford?

The Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford is internationally-renowned as a leading centre of excellent research in the skin and hair biology fields. 

Our academics have a long record of successfully graduating many research students and extensive experience of teaching and learning at undergraduate and taught postgraduate level, both within this University and in other higher education institutions.

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree in any aspect of the Biological Sciences or a related Life Sciences course. A medical degree would also be appropriate.

Minimum classification 2:2 or equivalent.

English language requirements:

English requirement of GCSE grade C or IELTS 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each of the subtests.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

ModuleTypeCredits
Skin Biology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Core 20
Critical Appraisal of a Current Topic in Regenerative Medicine Core 20
Research & Analytical Methods Core 20
Innovation in Life Sciences: From Concept to Market Place Core 20
Personal & Professional Development for Postgraduate Bioscientists  Core 20
Experimental Design Core 20
Research Project Core 60

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Successful graduates should find their high levels of expertise in these important areas, combined with their advanced practical and communication skills, are in great demand.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU - £7,750
    International - £17,600

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.