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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 with new developments in tissue engineering, biomaterials, bone substitutes, 3D printing for customised implants and prostheses, imaging, 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

  • Gain an understanding of core and specialised concepts in tissue engineering research.
  • Research methods to allow a systematic and rigorous approach to acquiring knowledge in the field.
  • Learn research methodologies and strategies to develop and evaluate biomaterials, cell- biomaterial interaction and imaging modalities.
  • Learn state-of-the-art facilities for cell culture, novel biomaterials development/ testing, and imaging including spectroscopy, microscopy and endoscopy
  • Gain experience in laboratory-based research.
  • Introduction to knowledge and skills required to critically, effectively implement and interpret research findings
  • Gain knowledge of innovation technology – translational research models and pathways to licensing and commercialisation of medical devices.
  • Train with internationally renowned academic staff
  • Develop key transferable skills through written and oral communication of your research findings, time management and analytical skills

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 Ian Thompson

Reader in Medical Device Innovation

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


We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning 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

This course is primarily taught at King’s College London Guy’s Campus.



Generally, the assessment for this programme may typically include:

  •  Written examinations
  •  Practical: an assessment of laboratory performance
  •  Coursework: i.e. oral presentations, project design, writing a grant application and a dissertation.

See below for a current breakdown of assessment by module; but please do note that the breakdown by module may be subject to unexpected change:

  • Tissue Engineering and Research Methodology: written examination + coursework
  • Innovation Technology: coursework
  • Research Training: coursework
  • Research Project: coursework (incl. dissertation etc) + practical (laboratory performance)


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)
  • Research Training (30 credits)
  • 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 the 26th March 2021.

After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full. For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

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

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 fees: £13,380 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, 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 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

Successful completion of the MRes course will prepare you for a variety of career opportunities that require high level research skills. This programme is highly suited for students who would like to pursue a career in academia, research and development sector, senior management, industry and engineering in healthcare


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