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Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine (MRes)

Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine (MRes)

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Full time | Southampton General Hospital | 1 year | 30-SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Medical Specialisations: P-Z Cell Biology Medicine (General)

Course type


Course Summary

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.


With this degree you’ll be in a great position to continue your research at PhD level or move into a career in industry.

Areas you could go into include:

  • bioscience research
  • stem cell research
  • pharmaceuticals
  • academia
  • regenerative medicine
  • science journalism
  • science policy
  • teaching


This module will introduce you to key concepts underlying a broad range of biomedical research methodology. The module will focus on developing your understanding of what a research hypothesis is and what hypothesis testing is, how it is structured with aims and learning outcomes, how you construct a research hypothesis yourself and develop it into a research proposal. The module will also develop your understanding of various appropriate statistical methodologies including data distribution, confidence intervals, significance testing, data manipulation, parametric and non-parametric tests, sample size and power calculations, correlation and regression, ANOVA and multiplicity. During the module you will also study methods of organising data sets and consider how to present data and statistical findings appropriately. The course is taught through a combination of lectures and interactive sessions using computer workstations. Practical examples of datasets derived from research groups within the Faculty will be used to provide context to the theoretical aspects of the course. You will be taught how to use both SPSS and Graphpad PRISM for both statistical analysis and presentation of data. At the end of this module, you should understand how to analyse a variety of types of data, and to be able to evaluate the analysis of data in published research.
Research Project 2 - Core
Research Project 1 - Core
Stem Cells, Development & Regenerative Medicine - Core
Advanced Scientific Skills - Core

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 in biological or biomedical sciences, or a closely related subject.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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