Taught course

Developmental Biology

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research-focused MSc Developmental Biology course will give you extensive hands-on experience of conducting research into how fertilised eggs turn into complex multicellular organisms.

You will learn through an interactive approach involving seminars, workshops and small group tutorials rather than traditional lectures.

You will also undertake placements in the labs of leading researchers working on a range of model organisms and diverse areas of developmental biology.

Examples of developmental biology research at Manchester include:

  • Studies of gene expression and cell signalling in model organisms, such as Drosophila, Xenopus and mice, which are illuminating the mechanisms by which different cell types and tissues arise during development. Findings obtained from these studies serve as general principles relating to human development;
  • Exploring how misregulation of developmental mechanisms leads to human diseases, eg cancer, using various models;
  • Research into the mechanisms regulating stem cell maintenance and differentiation to harness the therapeutic potential of stem cells;
  • Looking at the healing process to improve wound repair and the longer-term regeneration of organs.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 6.5 in each component, or TOEFL 90 (internet based) with a minimum of 22 in each component.

If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your course, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test may be required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application. For details, please see requirements from our University Language Centre .

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details, see entry requirements from your country.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439