EPSRC & MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine

The University of Manchester

Regenerative Medicine develops therapies for ageing, degenerative and injury-related pathologies. Our CDT provides a genuinely multidisciplinary training across the spectrum of regenerative medicine, turning out future leaders equipped to meet the needs of academia and industry. It encompasses formal training and PhD research projects that integrate elements of bioengineering, nanotechnology and biomaterials, stem cell biology, extracellular matrix and inflammation, translational gene/cell therapies and tissue engineering, all delivered on our state-of-the-art biomedical campus. Clinical translational skills will be provided within NIHR Clinical Research Facilities in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Students will also be trained in the commercial translation of regenerative medicine, with industrial partners who contribute placement opportunities. Our outward-looking ethos includes training that is linked with national colleagues in UK Regenerative Medicine Platform hubs. Outstanding international exchange opportunities are also available with seven world-leading groups in Asia, the USA and Europe.

Programme Structure

September - March (Year 1)

The first six months of the programme provides students which will cover the full breadth of regenerative medicine, from bioengineering to clinical translation. You will develop the skills and knowledge needed during your PhD projects in order to understand the diverse concepts and knowledge that you will inevitably encounter. The programme includes not only lecture courses and directed self-study (enquiry-based learning), but also bespoke training opportunities including visits to the national Large Research Facilities (Harwell) and to the Clinical Research Facilities.

There are six core lecture courses:

Semester one

  • Research Methods
  • Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine Masterclass
  • Nanomedicine and Clinical Applications of Biomaterials
  • Cell-matrix Biology in Regenerative Medicine

Semester two

  • Translation of Regenerative Medicine
  • Enquiry Based Learning (EBL): Imaging biological tissues and biomaterials

Dedicated skills training will also be provided during this time and throughout the research project.

Mini Lab Projects

Students will undertake two mini lab projects to give them a taste of different research areas in regenerative medicine. These will provide insights into the research focus and approaches of each placement lab and will help you to choose your PhD project.

April Year 1 to end of Year 4 - PhD Research Project

Students select a research project (during months 1-6), which they will undertake for the rest of the programme. All projects will be co-supervised (non-clinical and clinical scientists). During this time, there are opportunities for students to undertake industrial training placements, and/or international exchanges in Asia, Europe or the USA. Further skills training will include:

  • Business & Enterprise courses e.g. “Innovation & Commercialisation of Research”
  • Presentations at CDT symposia, and attendance at national/international conferences
  • Public engagement and outreach opportunities
CDT in Regenerative Medicine
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