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Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine (MRes)

Master of Research
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and University Hospital Southampton
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Explore early human development and the biology and function of stem cells on this research-focused master's degree. This cutting-edge science is vital for stem cell research and creating new therapies for regenerative medicine. Our Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine MRes is a great chance for you to gain advanced scientific, research, and other transferable skills. These are essential for becoming an independent researcher and careers in stem cell research.

Stem cell therapies have a great potential for treating many degenerative diseases. The University of Southampton is a leader of innovative research into the use of stem cell medical treatments for:

  • macular degeneration
  • osteoarthritis
  • brain and spinal cord injuries
  • cancer

On this UK master of research degree you'll have access to superb facilities, including:

  • fully equipped cell culture laboratories
  • a suite of microscopy facilities
  • molecular biology equipment

You'll take two 16-week research projects. As an MRes student you’ll spend more time on your projects and less on the taught part of the course.

As part of this course you'll:

  • develop research skills in the biomedical sciences
  • explore the core concepts behind statistical analysis and study design
  • learn how to understand and critique published research papers

You'll also benefit directly from the work of our research group, the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration.

This course is for proficient biological or biomedical science graduates. It is ideal to help you develop advanced lab-based research skills and specialist knowledge. You can use these to pursue a career in academia or industry, or continue your studies with a PhD.

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For any course specific enquiries, please email the programme team at

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Franchesca Houghton, Associate Professor in Stem Cells and Developmental Biology. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate human embryonic stem cells and preimplantation embryo development. Read Dr Houghton’s profile to find out more about her work.

Discover our Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine MRes

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Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and University Hospital Southampton.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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