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MPhil in Developmental Biology

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

11 months

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Biology (General)

Course type

Research

Course Summary

Developmental biology is a remarkably cross-disciplinary area of biomedical research that spans traditional departmental boundaries and many different technologies, such as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, imaging and bioinformatics. This field is increasingly significant in the era of readily available genome sequences, because functional studies of development are essential to decipher the roles of many genes, and will be invaluable if we are to reap the benefits of this wealth of new information. A major challenge now is to find more powerful, systematic and quantitative ways of investigating how this genetic information is translated into morphogenetic instructions, and to analyse how these instructions generate and are modulated by the forces that shape tissues and organs. Our MPhil programme embraces this challenge and offers a powerful opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying key developmental processes.

The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Biology as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge in Developmental Biology.

Its main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at the first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision, and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with the practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field and
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£8,589

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£29,220

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours Degree.