MPhil/PhD On Campus

Cell and Developmental Biology

University College London (UCL)

36 months
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Graduate students will work with internationally renowned mentors and will be immersed in research at the cutting edge of basic and biomedical science. The Cell and Developmental Biology MPhil/PhD programme is offered by University College London (UCL).


Students emerge well-trained and well-rounded with outstanding skills that are internationally recognised, poised to take up posts in leading groups around the world. The Cell and Developmental Biology MPhil/PhD programme is offered by University College London (UCL).

The world-leading research groups of the department (Professor John O’Keefe was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize) 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.


Many of our recent graduates have taken up postdoctoral positions, for example in the UK at UCL, Imperial College London and Manchester University; in Europe at San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Milan; and across the world at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston.  Some have continued their studies or taken up teaching positions; others have progressed to become principal investigators at UCL, Cambridge and New York.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Affective disorders
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Biological clocks/sleep
  • Calcium signalling
  • Cancer cell biology
  • 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 cell imaging
  • Mitochondrial biology
  • Neural crest migration and differentiation
  • Neural development and neural cell biology
  • Neuroaesthetics
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pain
  • Regeneration and repair
  • Stem cell biology
  • Systems and synthetic biology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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.
  • If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part-time tuition fee:

  • UK: £2,845/year
  • Overseas: £13,930/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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