UCL Biosciences

1st Year Students 2015

Will you be starting a new undergraduate course in UCL Biosciences this September?

For further information, including induction week timetables and joining instructions, please see our Undergraduate Induction Week webpages.

IBSc Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology

iBSc Anatomy composite image


This programme, based in England's oldest biomedical science department, aims to give IBSc students the opportunity to study and perform original research at the highest level.  The programme offers access to an unusually wide range of research projects and taught modules provided by internationally-renowned scientists and teachers. 

What You Will Study

Students arrange projects directly with the supervisor of their choice; see Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) Academic Staff List.  Students also have the option of selecting appropriate projects from other UCL departments.  In CDB laboratories, students effectively become full members of the research team for up to six months.  It is not unusual for IBSc projects to result in journal publications for student researchers. 

The programme is supported by induction sessions and small group tutorials that cover key practical issues such as: Basic research skills; scientific method and philosophy; reading and understanding scientific papers; writing and presenting research reports; and, how to give an oral presentation.

Core Module:

  • ANAT3903 Extended Experimental Project (1.5 CU) (taken by most iBSc students)


  • CELL3904 Advanced Library Project (1.0 CU)

Plus a choice of optional modules from a wide range, including:

  • ANAT3026 Forensic Osteology (0.5 CU)
  • ANAT3028 The Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Disease (0.5 CU)
  • ANAT3029 Neurobiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Extended, i.e. coursework dissertation/long essay: 1.0 CU)
  • ANAT3038 Advanced Anatomy (0.5 CU)
  • ANAT3040 Molecular Basis of Neuropsychiatric Disorders (0.5 CU) new
  • ANAT3042 Pain (0.5 CU)
  • CELL3001  Stem cells and regenerative medicine (0.5 CU)
  • CELL3002  Functional Genetics of Model Systems (0.5 CU) new
  • CELL3003 Mechanisms of Development (0.5 CU: lectures)
  • CELL3005 Mechanisms of Development (1.0 CU: lectures and practicals)
  • CELL3006  Dynamic Biological Systems (0.5 CU) new
  • CELL3030 Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology (0.5 CU)
  • CELL3050 Advanced Molecular Cell Biology (0.5 CU)
  • CELL3105 Clocks, Sleep and Biological Time (0.5 CU)

Other modules may be selected from those run within the Division of Biosciences (with codes BIOC, BIOL, NEUR, PHAR or PHOL; some may have prerequisites), and occasionally from outside the Division.  Approval of module selections must be obtained from the Programme Tutor.  Module descriptions are found in the Faculty of Life Sciences Module Database.

Further Information

For further information on how to apply, please see the Medical School Application page.

Further further information on the programme please contact:

IBSc Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology Tutor: Prof. Tim Arnett

E-mail: t.arnett@ucl.ac.uk; Tel: +44(0)20 7679 3309; internal x 33309

IBSc Anatomy, Cell and Developmental Biology Administrator: Helen Jefferson-Brown

E-mail: h.jefferson-brown@ucl.ac.uk; Tel: +44(0)20 7679 2200; internal x 32200