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Developmental and Stem Cell Biology PhD Programme - Outline

This programme offers a unique environment with one of the largest and strongest concentrations of high quality developmental and stem cell biologists anywhere in the world.

The programme provides training at the interface between developmental and stem cell biology. It is available either as a 3 or 4 year programme. The 4 year version includes a first year with a taught component and rotations in 3 laboratories providing the basis for an informed choice and an excellent platform for progression in the research project in years 2-4. The 3 year version is available in laboratories in the Cell and Developmental Biology Department. Both include active, small group training in key skills including good writing, experimental design, reviewing papers and many modern techniques as appropriate to the project

  • First year: 3 rotations of 3 months each in different laboratories, and a weekly journal club, overseen by all supervisors on the programme (4 year programme only).
  • Second year: thesis work starts in August/September of the first year. In the second year, an advanced modern microscopy course and an intensive workshop to develop writing and reviewing skills take place in parallel, with a small group of 5-7 students.
  • Third year: continue thesis research work, complemented with experimental design workshops.
  • Fourth year: complete research project, write up thesis. Workshops on funding, career planning and other skills tailored to each student.

The 3 year version of the programme starts from the “second year” above.