Research course

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

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

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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

This programme offers a unique environment with one of the largest and strongest concentrations of high-quality developmental and stem cell biologists anywhere in the world.

This programme provides training at the interface between developmental and stem cell biology and can be taken in either three or four years. The four year version includes a first year with rotations in three laboratories; both include working in the lab and active, small group training in key skills including good writing, experimental design, reviewing papers and many modern techniques.

Research areas

  • Biological clocks in development, differentiation, disease and regeneration
  • 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
  • Gastrulation
  • Induction, tissue interactions
  • Left-right asymmetry
  • Live imaging
  • Morphogenesis, tissue patterning
  • Neural development and neural cell biology
  • Regeneration and repair
  • Stem cell biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Twins

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months

    Course contact details

    Mrs Debbie Bartram
    +44 (0)20 3549 5462