Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells - Novel Therapies

Facilitating state-of-the-art education in next generation therapies for scientists and clinicians.

Award titles

MSc

Duration: 1 year full-time
(including PG Cert)

Postgraduate Certificate

Duration: 4 months full-time
(standalone course)

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our degrees in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells provide state-of-the-art education in next-generation therapies, training you in translational research and rapidly-developing topics in advanced therapeutic medicines.

You will acquire transferable and research skills and knowledge of ethical and regulatory legislation, commercialisation strategies and intellectual property and patent protection.

The course is a unique combination of 'hot' and rapidly-developing topics in advanced therapeutic medicines, and will provide academic and laboratory research training in three key areas (streams):

  • Gene and Nucleic Acid Based Therapies
  • New Horizons in Pharmacology
  • Regenerative Medicine

A major focus is training in translational research illustrating all steps required to progress novel therapies from bench-to-bedside and towards drug licensing.

It is the provision of teaching in all three areas of advanced therapeutic development which makes our programme unique.

Study programme

This course is made up of two progressional levels (PG Cert and MSc), and you can apply to either level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

If you choose the Postgraduate Certificate, you study four core modules with the option of returning to complete an MSc.

If you choose the MSc, you take the same core modules as Postgraduate Certificate students, as well as choosing a speciality to pursue in greater depth, through a further advanced specialist module and a six-month research project.

Careers

The main purpose of this programme is to facilitate state-of-the-art education in next generation therapies for scientists and clinicians, who will be equipped to significantly contribute to these rapidly expanding fields.

Our degrees in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells prepare you for careers in industry, further study, positions within the NHS and financial sector.

Meet our students

Hear from Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells students and graduates on the National Heart and Lung Institute website.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

MSc

Core modules

You take all four core modules below.

Science and Research Skill Module

Covers the basic ethical principles related to pre-clinical and clinical research, relevant tissue governance (e.g. the Human Tissue Act), and basic statistics amd experimental design. Provides awareness of commercialisation strategies, the importance of intellectual property protection, and the health economy.

Key Concepts in Gene and Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies

An introduction to human genetics and genomics underpinning the development of gene and nucleic acid-based therapies. Includes lectures on monogenic and complex diseases, the complexities of genotype/phenotype correlations, principles of gene regulation and suitable animal models to mimic human disease. Module Leader: Prof Uta Griesenbach.

Key Concepts in Regenerative Medicine

Includes teaching on human studies and discussion of clinical trials to provide a methodological prospective and review the current status of trials using regenerative medicine. Provides an introduction to biomaterials for regenerative medicine, and a discussion of different strategies to engage the public in the research, ethics and clinical translation of regenerative medicine. Module Leader: Prof Sara Rankin.

Key Concepts in New Horizons in Pharmacology

Provides a basic understanding of how drugs target disease, disease mechanisms and how the drug development process has evolved over time. You receive training in developing novel therapeutic agents and assessing safety. Module Leader: Prof Jane Mitchell.

Optional modules

You choose one optional module from below.

Advanced Studies in Gene and Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies

Covers gene and nucleic acid based therapies to an advanced level. Includes discussion of the first approved gene therapy product, and practical experience in preparation for the research project.

Advanced Studies in New Horizons in Pharmacology

Covers how pharmacology continues to identify new endogenous pathways (e.g. cytokines) that can be targeted to develop new drugs to an advanced level. Addresses the idea of how nanomedicine approaches are being used to make new formulations of drugs and what this means in terms of testing efficacy and toxicity. Principles of personalised medicine are also covered.

Advanced Studies in Regenerative Medicine

Covers the tools and technologies utilised in the field of regenerative medicine and the use of stem cells to develop disease models in culture. Lectures cover cutting edge research and new patents relating to regenerative pharmacology, covering the molecular pathways and drugs being used for stem cell differentiation in vitro and for the mobilization and activation of stem cells in vivo.

Research project

You will complete an extensive six-month research project related to one of the optional modules above. You join an established research laboratory to conduct work supervised by academic staff.

The research project culminates in a written project report of approximately 10,000 words and an oral presentation.

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

You take all four core modules below.

Science and Research Skill Module

Covers the basic ethical principles related to pre-clinical and clinical research, relevant tissue governance (e.g. the Human Tissue Act), and basic statistics amd experimental design. Provides awareness of commercialisation strategies, the importance of intellectual property protection, and the health economy.

Key Concepts in Gene and Nucleic Acid-Based Therapies

An introduction to human genetics and genomics underpinning the development of gene and nucleic acid-based therapies. Includes lectures on monogenic and complex diseases, the complexities of genotype/phenotype correlations, principles of gene regulation and suitable animal models to mimic human disease. Module Leader: Prof Uta Griesenbach.

Key Concepts in Regenerative Medicine

Includes teaching on human studies and discussion of clinical trials to provide a methodological prospective and review the current status of trials using regenerative medicine. Provides an introduction to biomaterials for regenerative medicine, and a discussion of different strategies to engage the public in the research, ethics and clinical translation of regenerative medicine. Module Leader: Prof Sara Rankin.

Key Concepts in New Horizons in Pharmacology

Provides a basic understanding of how drugs target disease, disease mechanisms and how the drug development process has evolved over time. You receive training in developing novel therapeutic agents and assessing safety. Module Leader: Prof Jane Mitchell.

Watch video introductions to the steam-specific compulsory modules listed above.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • It has been great to learn from leading academics whilst also being afforded the opportunity to attend guest lectures delivered by world-leaders in the field of regenerative medicine."

    Qasim Majid

    Student

    Critical reviews
  • Discussions
  • Ethical debates
  • Journal clubs
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Presentations
  • Problem solving workshops
  • Research project
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Data analysis
  • Examinations
  • Journal clubs
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Poster and oral presentations
  • Practical write-ups

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £5,300
MSc £5,300
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Cert and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the MSc, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MSc fee is the PG Cert fee plus the MSc fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate, only the MSc is eligible.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £16,250
MSc £16,250
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Cert and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the MSc, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MSc fee is the PG Cert fee plus the MSc fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate, only the MSc is eligible.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MSc in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in an appropriate subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Depending on the level of study you choose, you may complete more than one qualification simultaneously. For example:

  • If you enter at the PG Cert level, as this is the first level of study, you can choose to exit the course at the completion of your studies with only this qualification.
  • If you enter at MSc level, you will complete the PG Cert as part of your studies though will graduate with one award (MSc).

If you have already graduated from one level of study for this course and re-enter the next level of study following a break, you will not have to repeat studies relating to the qualification that you have already gained e.g. if you have a PG Cert, you would not complete it again as part of studying for the same MSc.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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E: noveltherapies@imperial.ac.uk

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