Research course

Developmental Biology

Institution
University of Edinburgh · Royal School of Veterinary Studies
Qualifications
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. English language requirements may also apply.

Months of entry

January, October, September, April

Course content

Normal growth of an animal, from the fertilised egg through to end of life maturity, requires concerted action of all the genes found in the animal genome. Not all genes are active at any one stage or in any one cell type. Gene expression is dynamic yet programmed. Sometimes this programming goes awry and disease ensues. Research in the Division of Developmental Biology aims to characterise, understand and ultimately exploit the ever changing profile of gene expression found in mammals. This will allow the development of a better understanding of biology which in turn will enable new biotech, agricultural and biomedical advances to become reality.

We believe that a supported, active and innovative post-graduate student community is essential if we are to deliver our goals. This community represents the scientists, entrepreneurs, communicators and regulators of the future.

Research in the Division of Developmental Biology aims to enhance fundamental knowledge of the control of cellular growth and differentiation aiming to underpin the development of better disease intervention strategies.

We will advance our understanding of function in these essential biological processes through mechanistic studies at the cell, tissue and whole animal level with particular focus on:

  • animal biotechnology and stem cells
  • tissue and organ development
  • tissue damage and repair
  • regulatory networks in development.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PhD

part time
6 months
full time
3 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Secretary
Email
vetpgresearch@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 651 9194