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Masters of Research in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine (7009)

The MRes offers exciting opportunities to develop advanced scientific, research and transferable skills required to become an independent researcher in Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine.

The MRes is organised by the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells & Regeneration (CHDSCR) ( which undertakes fundamental research into early development and stem cells, together with applied translational research targeting the NHS and patient benefit.

Introducing your degree

What does our MRes provide?

During the one year, full time programme, MRes students undertake bespoke taught modules in Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences, Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine, and Advanced Scientific Skills. Students also undertake two research projects totalling 32 weeks, to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and gain experience of working in different research environments. Students are supervised by internationally recognised Academic researchers in the CHDSCR.

Why the University of Southampton?

The University of Southampton is consistently ranked in the top 10 national and the top 100 international Universities. We are a world leading research intensive university, with a strong emphasis on education and are renowned for our innovation and enterprise.

Who should apply?

High-achieving Biological/Biomedical Science graduates interested in developing further laboratory based research skills and subject specific knowledge before committing to a PhD programme, or a career in academia, industry, government policy or science journalism.

How will this MRes enhance your career prospects?

In addition to providing broader training in the intellectual basis of scientific research in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine, the course will develop your transferable skills including time and project management, public speaking, critical appraisal and scientific writing, thus aiding employability for a variety of careers.


Home/EU: £5,900 tuition fee + £5,100 bench fee

Overseas: £18,800 tuition fee + £5,100 bench fee


The University of Southampton offers a number of Scholarships. Please refer to the Scholarships and funding by country page

The start date of the MRes is September/October each year. A blend of learning and teaching methods are used in order to help students develop a broad range of skills.

The core modules of this Programme are:

Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine module

Students are introduced to core concepts through a series of facilitator-led workshops focussing on key research publications. Students critically appraise primary research papers and develop the skills required to understand, critique and interpret research findings. Integral to these workshops is the requirement for students to present their thoughts and participate in group discussions with both their peers and academic facilitators.

Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences (RSBS) module

A combination of taught and practical sessions are used to introduce students to the core concepts underlying statistical analysis and study design that support students in handling their own data and critically appraising data published by others.

Advanced Scientific Skills module

A series of taught and practical sessions introduce students to additional core concepts used in Biomedical Sciences such as the analysis and critical appraisal of large data sets. In addition, key principles required to relay research to both a scientific and lay audience are introduced. Students write both a scientific and lay abstract for a published primary paper and give a research presentation suitable for a lay audience. Thus, students develop the skills required to communicate their research to both scientists and non-specialists.

Research Project modules

In the two research projects, students are introduced to a range of laboratory skills gaining valuable practical experience of research methodology, experimental design, data interpretation, viva voce, scientific writing, oral and poster presentations.

Post Graduate Research (PGR) Induction and Training

Students also attend generic and transferable skills training programmes organised by the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

To apply complete the online application form.  If you have any questions whilst completing the online application form or experience any difficulties, please email for assistance.

Course enquiries and information

To register interest, or for further Programme information please contact:

Programme Leader: Dr Franchesca Houghton

Deputy Programme Leader: Dr Rahul Tare



For general enquiries please contact:


Key facts

The Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells & Regeneration is a Centre for excellence and strategic importance.

Students work within vibrant and thriving interdisciplinary research programmes that harness the translational strength of the University, together with an outstanding clinical infrastructure and enterprise to translate pioneering developmental and stem cell science for patient benefit.

The MRes is delivered by world-leading Academic Researchers with a passion for teaching the next generation of translational scientists.

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Typical entry requirements

The minimum classification normally expected for a degree entrant is at least a second class upper division (1st or 2:1) in Biological/Biomedical Sciences or a closely related subject from any approved University.

Qualifications from non-UK institutions must be of an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Before commencing the course, non-UK applicants should obtain an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Selection process

The programme is also open to undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies, who must have successfully completed at least three years of their medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all their assessments in the academic year prior to intercalating.

Intake: 15-20

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The MRes in Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine is a one year programme incorporating the following modules:

All modules are compulsory.



Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Study locations

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