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Masters of Research in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine

Stem cell-based therapies have remarkable potential for the treatment of a variety of degenerative diseases.

Southampton is a research-intensive University that is among the forerunners of innovative research harnessing stem cells for the development of treatments in age-related macular degeneration, osteoarthritis, complex revision arthroplasty, brain tumours, brain and spinal cord injuries and cancer. 

The University is consistently ranked in the top 10 national and the top 100 international Universities, with a strong emphasis on education and are renowned for our innovation and enterprise.

Introducing your degree

Our MRes in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine offers exciting opportunities to develop the advanced scientific, research and transferable skills you need to become an independent researcher. You will be supervised by our internationally recognised academics who are pioneering research in their relevant fields and are passionate about teaching the next generation of translational scientists.

As a Southampton student, you will work within our vibrant and thriving interdisciplinary research community that harnesses the translational strength of the University. The outstanding clinical infrastructure and enterprise facilitate the translation of our pioneering developmental and stem cell science for patient benefit.

Our programme is organised by the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration – which undertakes fundamental research into early development and stem cells, together with applied translational research targeting the NHS and patient benefit.

It is aimed at high-achieving biological and biomedical science graduates who are 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.

In addition to providing broad training in the intellectual basis of scientific research you will develop transferable skills including time and project management, public speaking, critical appraisal and scientific writing, which will enhance your employability for a variety of careers.

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


To Apply

The start date of the MRes in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine is September/October each year. 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. The University offers a number of scholarships.

Course enquiries and information

For further information or to register your interest contact Programme Leader Dr Franchesca Houghton or Deputy Programme Leader: Dr Rahul Tare


For general enquiries please contact:


Key facts

  • Delivered by world-leading academic researchers
  • Join a vibrant and thriving interdisciplinary research community
  • Gain skills for a broad range of careers

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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.

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.

Selection process

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

Our one-year full-time programme is delivered through a series of bespoke taught modules, as well as two research projects totaling 32 weeks to develop a broad range of laboratory skills and gain experience of working in different research environments.


The core modules of the MRes in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine are:

Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine

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.

Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine module


Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences (RSBS)

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.

Research Skills in Biomedical Sciences (RSBS) module

Advanced Scientific Skills

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.

Advanced Scientific Skills module

Research Project

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.

Research Project module 1
Research Project Module 2


Tuition fees

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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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