M.Phil. On Campus

Developmental Biology

University of Cambridge

11 months
33972 GBP/year
9111 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Developmental Biology at the University of Cambridge 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 at the University of Cambridge 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Programme Structure

  • Core Course in Developmental Biology:  interactive seminar-based course with up to eight modules, each comprising two three-hour workshops, during the first two terms.
  • Experimental Approaches in Developmental Biology:  up to eight two-hour sessions covering a range of relevant approaches, from transgenesis to genomics, during the first two terms.
  • Core Statistics Training:  up to 8 half-day practical sessions, providing a strong foundation in practical statistics and data analysis using the R software environment focusing on methods of addressing real-life issues in biological sciences, during the first term.
  • Impacts and Communications sessions:  up to six sessions (each one or two hours long) in the third term.
  • Students learn scientific writing skills through writing a research project report and extended essay which are all assessed for the MPhil degree.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  • you have paid the £70 application fee. 
  • your referees have provided their references.
In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Statement of Interest (M)

Tuition Fee

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    33972 GBP/year
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  • National

    9111 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9111 GBP per year during 11 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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