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Tissue Engineering & Innovation Technology MRes

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Our multidisciplinary Tissue Engineering & Innovation Technology MRes offers you the opportunity to undertake research in a rapidly evolving field of regenerative medicine where improved patient outcomes come from new developments in orthopaedics, bone substitutes, 3D printing for customized implants and prostheses, dental restoratives and drug delivery. Our research addresses fundamental challenges in biomedicine and dentistry, and aims to create a step-change in the way biological systems are deciphered that goes well beyond current state of the art. You will work with academics directing a wide range of cutting-edge research projects, with emphasis on turning early-stage innovations into new health products.

Key benefits

  • Learn research methodologies and strategies to develop and evaluate biomaterials, cell-biomaterial interaction and imaging modalities.
  • Develop a research project on the development and characterisation of advanced biomaterials with novel chemical, physical or mechanical properties, for healthcare applications
  • Gain knowledge of innovation technology - translational research models and pathways to licensing and commercialisation of medical devices.
  • Train with internationally renowned academic staff.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities for cell culture, novel biomaterials development/testing, and imaging including spectroscopy, multi-photon microscopy and endoscopy.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year, September to September

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 12 students

Course leaders

Sanjukta Deb FADM, FRSC

Professor in Biomaterials Science

Course director


Dr Andrea Serio

Lecturer in Tissue Engineering (Cell Biology)

Deputy course director


Further details

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Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences



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Course detail


This course will give you a deep understanding of one of the most significant and relevant areas of biomedical and translational research, including new therapeutic applications. You will develop scientific research skills in the field of tissue engineering that includes strategies to develop and evaluate biomaterials, cell-biomaterial interaction and imaging modalities.

The course is predominantly research-oriented and also includes journal club presentations and critical reviews with taught components providing comprehensive insights into stem cells, scaffolds for tissue engineering, cell material interaction and design strategies for future developments alongside exploration of state of the art research activities and techniques in the field.

Important for entrepreneurs, a unique module on innovation technology provides information on pathways to licensing and commercialisation of medical devices, covering regulatory requirements and processes, product design, IP and business/marketing requirements.

Students will undertake a laboratory-based research project, supervised by an academic member of staff, gaining insight into research methodologies and acquiring valuable laboratory experience. This research training and skills development will provide a firm foundation to pursue a PhD or a career in industry.

The key research project areas will include tissue engineering, biomaterials and stem cell approaches for tissue regeneration, new generation of metallo-pharmaceuticals, chemical biology, cell tracking and labelling methodologies and imaging.

Example topics:

  • Tissue engineering of bone
  • Scaffolds for bone and nerve tissue engineering
  • Biomimetic engineered implants
  • 3D Printing for customized implants and prosthesis
  • Angiogenesis models for tissue regeneration
  • Orthopaedic & dental cements
  • 3D perfusion bioreactors for tissue engineering
  • Material related angiome
  • Angiocrine signalling-driven MSC differentiation.
  • Cancer diagnosis using Raman spectroscopy
  • Novel biophotonic tools for tissue engineering and dentistry
  • Stem cell approaches for tissue regeneration
  • Chemical biology approaches to posttranslational modifications
  • Developing membrane modules for synthetic biology
  • Novel molecular imaging targets
  • Tooth erosion
  • Dentine substitutes
  • Endodontic obturation
  • Remineralising and adhesive dental restoratives
  • Desensitisation bioactive technologies & new ceramics for dental crowns
  • Imaging chemistry
  • Medical imaging


Course format and assessment


The following table will give you an idea of the typical hours you will spend as you progress through your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Lectures, seminars & feedback  

Project work 



300 hours

730 hours

770 hours


You may typically expect assessment by a combination of coursework (77.5%) and examinations (22.5%).

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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.


Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Tissue Engineering & Research Methods (45 credits)
  • Innovation Technology (15 credits)
  • Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Research Training Project (30 credits)
  • Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Research Project (90 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Tissue Engineering & Innovation Technology MRes entry requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in Life Sciences, Biomedical Materials, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacology, Materials Science or related courses, Bioengineering & Biotechnology.

Applicants with a bachelor's (first) degree in subjects above with 2:2 honours who have a master's degree or evidence of research experience in related disciplines will be considered. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our additional 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 £70 applies.

Please submit a personal statement with your application, demonstrating a focused interest in the area, and explaining why you wish to apply for this course and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background and your career plans. Please include transcript of subjects taken in the relevant degrees and copies of all certificates and relevant qualifications mentioned in your application.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Tissue Engineering & Innovation Technology MRes checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please submit a personal statement with your application, demonstrating a focused interest in the area, and explaining why you wish to apply for this course and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, 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 academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadlines above and we are unable to process more offers.

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: £12,750 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 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 2021/22.

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 before 1 June 2020, payment is due by 30 June 2020.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.


  • If you receive an offer in late August, payment is due within 2 days 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 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

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