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Developmental and Stem Cell Biology PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 4 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

This four year programme commences in September each year. The application deadline is usually early January of that year. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry 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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

  • Biological clocks in development, differentiation, disease and regeneration
  • 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
  • Induction, tissue interactions
  • Left-right asymmetry
  • Live imaging
  • Morphogenesis, tissue patterning
  • Neural development and neural cell biology
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Regeneration and repair
  • Stem cell biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Monozygotic and conjoined twinning


Updated information on funding available for September 2016 entry will be posted here.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Fees, Costs and Funding page.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Many of our recent graduates have taken up postdoctoral positions, e.g. in the UK at UCL, King’s College London and the University of Oxford, in Europe at the University of Verona and the University of Zurich, and across the world at the University of Connecticut, the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, Rutgers University, the University of Nebraska and the MIND Institute, University of California at Davies. Some have continued medical/other studies or taken up teaching, managerial and science positions in hospitals, medical communications and drug development companies.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Student, ETHZ, Switzerland (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Student, Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research (2014)
  • Postdoctoral Student, Institute of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Medical Writer, Abacus International (2013)
  • Research Funding Manager, CRUK (2014)


UCL is a highly recognised, international institution, and a graduate degree from UCL opens up numerous national and international work opportunities. Most of our graduate students pursue very successful careers in science, the media and medicine.


UCL is located in the centre of London and is surrounded by numerous other research institutions, including the new Francis Crick Institute and the Sainsbury-Wellcome Neuroscience Centre. Students are encouraged to meet and collaborate extensively with members of these institutions. Regular seminars and training courses encourage interaction across London, the UK and Europe. All students regularly attend international conferences, workshops and retreats, providing opportunities for networking with colleagues and potential future employers

Why study this degree at UCL?

The groups at UCL are world leading, generating seminal contributions to their fields of study. Students working in the laboratories are welcomed into vibrant groups of enthusiasts, exposed to a wealth of expertise in an extraordinary open and collaborative scientific community. Access to expert help in almost any conceivable area is available in the extensive network of scientists that make up the UCL scientific community.

Within the departments there are regular laboratory meetings, project presentations, journal clubs, student led symposia and other opportunities to hone presentation skills and training, extended through regular seminars from experts from around the world, and locally organised international symposia.

Student / staff ratios › 88 staff including 45 postdocs › 75 research students

Department: Cell & Developmental Biology

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL is a great university for research so it was always somewhere I wanted to consider for my PhD. I loved living in London during my degree and really enjoy residing in a city where there are so many great (and sometimes free!) things to do during my free time."

Sophie McLachlan

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology PhD

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

This four year programme commences in September each year. The application deadline is usually early January of that year. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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