Research course

Developmental Biology

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Life Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for MPhil study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable. The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

PhD programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3 or 4 years, working with a specific academic supervisor (principle investigators). Applicants are specifically matched with a principle investigator based on their research interests and background.

Developmental Biology is the study of the processes by which complex organisms develop from fertilized 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; and the developmental role of genes involved in human diseases including epidermal, heart and craniofacial defects. The newly established Healing Foundation Centre investigates the cellular and molecular basis of tissue repair and regeneration. Our research utilises a variety of model organisms including 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.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

Fees and funding

PhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Office
Email
pgresearch.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 275 5608
Fax
+44 (0) 161 275 5657