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Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies: From Bench to Market MSc

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The first course of its kind in the UK, the Stem Cell & Regenerative Therapies: From Bench to Market MSc combines biological and medical science with business, law and bioethics. Designed to develop expertise in the biological, commercial and regulatory aspects of cellular therapies and its applications in biomedicine, the course equips students to pursue a business-based career in cellular therapy or related disciplines.



Key benefits

  • Work alongside key opinion leaders in the field of business and medical research in 

    cellular therapies. You will learn about the complex landscape of manufacturing and commercialising cells for medical treatment from those who deliver them.

  • You will produce credible business plans for the application of cellular therapy in clinical settings, taking into consideration science, patient benefits, regulations and market laws.

  • You will learn to conduct investigations, analyse the results using various qualitative and quantitative methods and draw valid conclusions for commercialisation of cellular therapy. 

  • Mentoring sessions by King’s academics and external guests

  • Outstanding networking opportunities with leaders in the field (biotechnology/pharma, financial services, stem cell manufacturing, regulatory, public sectors and scientists)

  • Watch programme leader, Dusko Ilic show the BBC how to make stem cells.



Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake TBC

Course leaders Professor Francesco Dazzi, Dr Dusko Ilic

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200



Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Basic & Medical Biosciences



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Cellular therapies have attracted much interest in recent years in virtually all disciplines of medicine with over 2,700 clinical trials enrolled between 2000 and 2010. As of today, www.clinicaltrials.gov has in excess of 27,800 registered cellular therapy clinical trials.

The complexity of issues relating to cell manufacturing, the underlying regulatory framework, reimbursement and viable business models all represent challenges that severely undermine the timing and the delivery of a sustainable healthcare model. Our programme will equip you with the knowledge that will enhance the understanding of these complex issues within an integrated and commercial context.

This one-year advanced study course explores the biological, regulatory and business aspects of cellular therapy in the fields of biomedicine. You will study a range of modules that include Stem Cells in Cellular Therapies & Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies in Immunology. You will also complete a dissertation related to business strategy development for cellular therapy.

You will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 60 credits coming from the 15,000 – 18,000-word dissertation.

Course format and assessment

Teaching style and study time

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The following table will give you an idea of the typical workload for this course:


Lectures, seminars & tutorials

Supervised learning


Project work

Cellular Therapies in Immunology

27 hours


123 hours


Stem Cells in Cellular Therapies and Regenerative Medicine

38 hours

16 hours

246 hours

150 hours

Commercialisation of Cellular Therapies

23 hours

14 hours

253 hours

160 hours

Clinical Drug Development

27 hours


123 hours



12 hours


288 hours

300 hours

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.  

Methods of assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of the following:

  • written essays
  • poster presentation
  • journal club-style presentation
  • oral presentations
  • case study.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Denmark Hill and Guy’s campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules
    You are required to take the following modules:
  • Stem Cells in Cellular Therapies & Regenerative Medicine (45 credits)
  • Cellular Therapies in Immunology (15 credits)
  • Commercialisation of Cellular Therapy (45 credits) 
  • Dissertation on business strategy development for cellular therapy (60 credits)

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: 


Optional Modules



Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements   Medical degree (MBBS or equivalent) or a 2.1/first degree (or overseas equivalent) in relevant bioscience subject. Non-traditional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor, who will consult other members of the academic staff involved in teaching the programme. Once references and transcripts are received, we aim to process all applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods. 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A one page personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, and your career plans.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £33,900 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 

  • Library fees and fines 

  • Personal photocopies 

  • Printing course handouts 

  • Society membership fees 

  • Stationery 

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates go on to careers in business development and commercialisation of stem cells products and services, while others go on to pursue a career in the research sector.


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