Research course

Developmental Biology

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Developmental Biology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Developmental Biology.

Developmental Biology is the study of the processes by which complex organisms develop from fertilised eggs.

Research in Manchester investigates the fundamental events underlying normal development and how these are subverted in disease.

Specific interests include:

  • Pluripotency, cell fate specification and differentiation;
  • Patterning and organogenesis;
  • Cell signalling;
  • Epithelial development and morphogenesis;
  • Cell adhesion in development;
  • The developmental role of genes involved in human diseases including epidermal, heart and craniofacial defects.

The Healing Foundation Centre investigates the cellular and molecular basis of tissue repair and regeneration.

Our research utilises a variety of model organisms including Caenorhabditis elegans, Dictyostelium, Drosophila, chick, mouse, Xenopus and zebrafish, and a diversity of state-of the-art techniques including various types of genetic analysis, transgenesis, gene targeting, expression profiling, functional genomics, proteomics, imaging, electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Email
admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 275 5608