Taught course

Developmental Biology

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Developmental biology is aimed at understanding how a fertilised egg gives rise to a complex multicellular organism. The Developmental Biology MSc will give a thorough training in this subject area with opportunities to undertake research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on a range of model organisms and diverse areas of developmental biology. Some of the major areas of research undertaken at The University of Manchester are as follows:

  • Studies of gene expression and cell signalling in model organisms, such as Drosophila, Xenopus, and mouse 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.
  • The ways in which misregulation of developmental mechanisms leads to human diseases, e.g. cancer, are being explored using various models.
  • The mechanisms regulating stem cell maintenance and differentiation are being investigated, in order to harness the therapeutic potential of stem cells.
  • The healing process is being studied to improve wound repair and in the longer term regeneration of organs.

This is a research focused Masters course. We do not teach Developmental Biology using a traditional lecture-based format; instead we use an interactive approach where you learn through seminars, workshops, small group tutorials and during your research placements.

Information for international students

For MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5032