MPhil/PhD On Campus

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

University College London (UCL)

48 months
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Developmental and Stem Cell Biology MPhil/PhD programme from University College London (UCL) 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 Developmental and Stem Cell Biology MPhil/PhD programme fromm University College London (UCL) 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.


Many of our recent graduates have taken up postdoctoral positions, e.g. in the UK at UCL, the Francis Crick Institute, the University of Edinburgh and the Institute of Cancer Research; and in Europe at the Danish Stem Cell Center in Copenhagen.  

Others have taken up analyst, consultant and specialist positions at Cancer Research UK, Amazon, Merck Ventures BV in Amsterdam and the Boston Consulting Group in Berlin.


UCL is an internationally recognised and respected institution. A graduate degree from UCL opens up numerous national and international employment opportunities. 

Our students work with renowned mentors and are immersed in research at the cutting-edge of basic and biomedical science, emerging well-trained and well-rounded with outstanding skills, poised to take up posts in leading groups around the world. Most of our graduate students pursue very successful careers in science and medicine. 

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


480 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 48 months.

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.


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