MSc (Regenerative Medicine)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview


Linda Howard presentation

Photo, L–R: Course director Linda Howard,  Stephen Verdejo (100th graduate), President and Dean of College of Medicine Nursing and Health Science.
100th graduate

The taught MSc in Regenerative Medicine at NUI Galway graduated its one-hundredth student recently. This course focuses on stem cells, gene therapy and tissue engineering, focussing on how they can be applied to develop new therapeutics. The course is the only one of its kind in Ireland. Students who have completed this course have gone to work in pharmaceutical and biomedical companies in Ireland and abroad. Many graduates have chosen to follow research-based careers in this dynamic field and are pursuing PhDs in countries all over the world (Ireland, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and America). 

Regenerative Medicine is an exciting emerging discipline, which aims to develop novel therapeutics to repair and regenerate damaged and diseased organs. These therapeutics utilise stem cells, gene therapy, biomaterials, engineered tissue and biologically active compounds. This 12-month taught MSc course will equip you with the skills to participate in this discipline. Modules will address the science behind Regenerative Medicine as well as its application to human disease.

Special Features

As part of this MSc course, students will undertake a summer-long, laboratory-based research project. In previous years, these projects have been based at NUI Galway, Galway University Hospital, and in research groups based in Dublin and Maynooth.

The MSc is administered by the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), a world-class biomedical research institute recognised as Ireland’s primary centre for stem cell and gene therapy research, and a world leader in the field of regenerative medicine. REMEDI’s main focus is to use cells and genes to regenerate healthy tissues that can be used to repair or replace other tissues and organs with a minimally invasive approach.

REMEDI is home to Ireland’s only stem cell manufacturing facility, CCMI, the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland. This state-of-the art facility will translate, as well as manufacture, research from REMEDI’s programmes into cell-based medicinal products for clinical trials.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or should expect to obtain, at least a Second Class Honours degree in a biological / life science, medicine or nursing. Students who have a degree without Honours in a related area and have three or more years of practical experience in the subject area will also be eligible to apply for this course.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15 to 18

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The first two semesters will consist of modules covering the scientific principles of stem cells, gene therapy, tissue engineering, immunology and pharmacology. Training in scientific concepts and techniques important to biomedical research takes place via a series of laboratory-based practical sessions. The regulatory issues involved in translating research observation to an approved treatment for patients will be a focus throughout the course. During the summer semester, students embark on individual laboratory-based research projects.

The modules on offer include:

  • Regenerative Medicine;
  • Translational Medicine;
  • Advanced Research Technique;
  • Tissue Engineering;
  • Scientific Writing;
  • Pharmacology;
  • Anatomy;
  • Research Project and Thesis;
  • Physiology-Human Body Function;
  • Introduction to Business;
  • Economic Evaluation in Healthcare;
  • Biostatistics;
  • Bioinformatics.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection is based on the candidate's academic record at undergraduate level and their aptitude for the programme.

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed by examinations at the end of Semester One and Semester Two and/or by continuous assessment. A variety of assessments are used throughout the programme, such as essays, projects, laboratory reports and presentations. A thesis based on the laboratory research project must also be submitted.

Find out more

Dr. Linda Howard
T +353 91 495 268

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,591 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Current students

Stephen Marry profile
Stephen Marry
MSc Regenerative Medicine

"If you’re interested in the field of stem cell and gene therapy then NUI Galway is the place to go. You have the opportunity to learn from, and work with, some of the top researchers in this field. You get to spend a whole summer working on a project, in the lab of a researcher at REMEDIit’s pretty cool!"

Past students

Past student name

Past student details

"...Past student quote..."  

Regenerative Medicine Postgraduate Broch