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Fully online course in the rapidly expanding field of Stem Cell Biology.


This cutting edge Postgraduate Certificate course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the rapidly expanding field of stem cell biology. Successful completion of the course will allow you to capitalise on opportunities in areas such as the stem cell industry, regenerative medicine, clinical stem cell work, further academic research or regulatory affairs. You will study in a supportive and collaborative online environment where you will be supported by an e-tutor. The course will cover the latest exciting advances in stem cell science and equip you with the skills to critically analyse these discoveries not only during the course but during your future career.

Modules may also be taken individually as stand-alone training units, provided that candidates have achieved the learning outcomes of the core module on Stem Cell Biology either through taking this module or through accreditation of prior experiential learning.

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About this course

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The PgCert course consists of two modules (60 credit points). The first module in Stem Cell Biology will equip you with up to date knowledge on various topics such as sources of stem cells e.g. adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, pluripotency, current and future uses of stem cells and bioethics. This module also introduces you to the skills which will enable you to evaluate future advances in stem cell research following the end of the course. The second module in Evidence Based Healthcare Practice will allow you to evaluate how stem cells are currently used and inform future practice in this area. These modules will lead you through topics which our Industrial Advisory Board recommend are highly sought after skills in stem cell industry employees.

The course is delivered as a series of online lectures designed by a range of experts and multimedia resources in the various areas of stem cell biology. The flexible nature of the course allows you to study at your own pace. You can study 1 or 2 modules each semester. The course will be supplemented by online discussions with e-tutors, access to specialist online talks and interactive quizzes.

Assessment will be by 100% coursework which will take various forms including contributions to online discussions, online quizzes and various pieces of written work.


The course is delivered fully online and does not require attendance on campus at any point. However, students are expected to participate in all aspects of the course and to maintain regular contact with the course team.

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Stem Cell Biology

Year: 1

This module provides a comprehensive overview of stem cell biology. It covers all the major areas of stem cell science including stem cell derivation, differentiation, medical applications and bioethics. It is designed to equip student with skills to critically evaluate current scientific literature describing stem cell advances.

Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences

Year: 1

A work-based module where students review, after consultation with their line manager, an aspect of their professional practice identifying evidence to support their recommendations, initiate the keeping of a professional reflective diary and submit a report of evidence to support their action research plan. Students currently not in employment will be given advice on suitable topics from the module co-ordinator.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

The minimum entry criteria for the PgCert Stem Cell Biology are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold a degree in a relevant life science discipline or another related discipline from a University in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution which is recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or

  • Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Those candidates who wish to be considered in terms of experiential learning must complete an APEL form and send this with their application.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Our Advisory Panel come from the stem cell industry, both large and small firms, and their advice makes our course particularly relevant to the current needs of the regenerative medicine and stem cell industries, which are both rapidly expanding. The financial support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council which we have obtained also underlines the high standard of the course. We also have a large teaching input from those working in a haematological setting, where the utility of stem cell transplants is well established. This course is also very suitable for those wishing to gain a better grounding before pursuing further qualifications in the area such as a PhD or MRes. Due to its modular and online nature it is also very suitable for those in a work environment who wish to undertake further professional development.


How to apply

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017
  • January 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages to find out more

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,410.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Dr Jayne Devlin


For application enquiries contact the Faculty Office on:

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4159