MSc in Regenerative Medicine

A brief description about the course:

The MSc in Regenerative Medicine is conducted by the Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with The ManipalInstitute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), Manipal University, Bangalore, India under an agreement signed between the two Universities. The degree will be awarded by the University of Colombo.

This is an interdisciplinary course where in students would be trained in diverse upfront areas like tissue engineering, developmental biology, biology of embryonic and adult stem cells.

By the end of this course students must have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes that would enable them to have a working knowledge of:

  • The biology of stem cells and their differentiation potentials.
  • Clinical applications done world over and the strategies that are being formulated.
  • Therapeutic applications of stem cells and an in depth analysis of clinical trials
  • Hands on practical skills in deriving, maintaining, characterizing and differentiation of stem cell lines.
  • Molecular technologies including polymerase chain reaction, real time PCR, conventional and next generation sequencing, and array based technologies.
  • Molecular technologies including polymerase chain reaction, real time PCR, conventional and next generation sequencing, and array based technologies.
  • Quality assurance, assay validation, ethics, regulatory issues, professionalism, and lab administration.

Duration:

2 years full time

Entry Requirements:

MBBS or an equivalent degree from recognized institution;

BDS or an equivalent degree from recognized institution;

BVS or an equivalent degree from recognized institution; or

BSc in Biomedical science or an equivalent degree from recognized institution

Course structure and contents:

The course structure and subject areas are as follows:

SEMESTER-I

Stem Cell Biology
Cell Biology
Developmental Biology I
Biochemistry
Molecular Biology I

SEMESTER-II

Adult Stem Cell Biology
Development biology II
Molecular Biology II
Immunology

SEMESTER-III

Stem Cells & Diseases
Applications of stem cells
Clinical Research &regulatory affairsBiostatistics& Bioinformatics

SEMESTER-IV

Dissertation thesis project

Assessments:

The examinations in semester 1, 2 and 3 shall consist of mid semester continuous assessments and end of semester written and/or practical examinations for each subject conducted during the semester. 80% attendance at designated teaching sessions is required for a student to be eligible to sit end of semester 1, 2 and 3 examinations.

Teaching style and methods:

This is a two years full-time course with classroom teaching, laboratory work and a research project. MIRM staff will take classes with students via video conferencing as well as face to face sessions. The course and assessments would be the same as that conducted for students at the MIRM campus in Bangalore, India starting in August 2015.

Application fees:

Rs. 5,000.00

Those who are selected for the course the following fees will apply

Tuition Fees:

Rs. 1,000,000 per year (Total – Rs. 2,000,000.00)

Registration fees:

Rs. 25,000.00

Library fee:

Rs. 2,500.00

Selection:

Students will be selected to follow the course from applicants on the basis of their performance at a selection examination which has a written component and an interview. The written component will contribute 75% and the interview will contribute 25% to the total mark. Students who obtain an overall mark of 50% or more will qualify for selection. The date of the selection examination would be notified after the close of applications.

Further Information:

Please contact Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake at vajirahwd@hotmail.com for any clarifications.

 

**The first intake for this course was taken in August 2013. The Course is conducted in collaboration with the Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), Manipal University, India. The application calling for the next batch is yet to be announced. Please stay tuned.