MSc (Regenerative Medicine)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview


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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). 

Based at NUI Galway, this 12-month programme aims to provide graduates in the life sciences, nursing or medicine with an understanding of Regenerative Medicine and to equip them with the skills necessary for a career in this emerging discipline. This course will integrate information, technologies and skills from biological sciences, engineering, legal and ethical disciplines. Modules will address the science behind Regenerative medicine, its application to human disease and its importance to modern society. 

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 is 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will have at least a Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate biological science, 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.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 15 to 18

Closing date: Course closed for application.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The first two semesters will consist of taught courses to train students in the scientific principles of stem cells, gene therapy, biomaterials, tissue engineering, immunology, and pharmacology. In addition there will be extensive training on the regulatory issues involved in translating a research observation to an approved and licensed regenerative treatment for patients. Training in scientific concepts and techniques important to biomedical research will occur in the second semester via a series of laboratory-based practicals. Training in scientific writing and data presentation will occur in the Introduction to Biomedical Research module.

After the end of the second semester students will embark on individual thesis research projects for the remainder of the course. Previously these research projects have been based at NUI Galway, Galway University Hospital, NUI Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Athlone Institute of Technology.

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.

Find out more

Dr. Linda Howard
T +353 91 495 268

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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

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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

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