Research course

Cell and Developmental Biology

UCL - University College London · Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised Master’s degree in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Graduate students entering programmes will work with internationally renowned mentors and will be immersed in research at the cutting edge of basic science. Graduating students emerge well trained and rounded with outstanding skills that are internationally recognised, poised to take up posts in leading groups around the world.

The world leading research groups of the department study biological questions ranging from molecule to man. These are listed below and are remarkable in their breadth and depth from fundamental aspects of cell biology through to behaviour and from key questions in biology to understanding mechanisms of human disease.

Department specialisms

Affective disorders Alzheimer's Disease Biological clocks/sleep Calcium signalling Cell fate determination and pattern formation Cell migration Cell signalling and signal transduction mechanisms Early development (e.g. fertilisation, gastrulation, embryonic induction) Evolution and development Intracellular movements: endocytosis, exocytosis, RNA, protein, lipid and organelle traffic Learning, memory and long-term change in the nervous system Left-right asymmetry Live imaging Mitochondrial biology Neural development and neural cell biology Neuroaesthetics Neurodegenerative disease Parkinson's Disease Pain Regeneration and repair Stem cell biology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Across the division there is a wealth of graduate programmes that will bring students into the department. Students interested in studying for a PhD may approach academic staff individually, as there are a variety of intradepartmental opportunities or opportunities to write grant applications for PhD funding. Students may also apply for any of the other programmes listed on our webpage which are suitable for their skills and interests. These include four-year programmes in which the first year is spent in taught courses or in rotations through several different laboratories before deciding on their final PhD lab and project, and there are also several three-year programmes, in which students will enter the host lab of their PhD directly.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mrs Debbie Bartram
+44 (0)20 3549 5462
020 7679 3001