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"This MPhil in Developmental biology has offered me the most advanced theoretical and practical training in developmental biology. Through the core courses, I have further developed my independent analytical thinking, required for investigating and developing new solutions, and my critical evaluation of how and when to apply different methodologies. Most importantly, the Research Project has increased my practical experience, better training me for a PhD and lab-based career. Overall, this MPhil has equipped me with the instruments necessary to satisfy my research interest and continue my career in the academy."

Francesca Puletti (September 2022)

“The MPhil in Developmental Biology course has been an immensely enjoyable program that gives you the building blocks to pursue a career in science. The opportunity to learn and discuss the latest developments in the field of developmental biology with key figures as well as doing a research placement within a lab made the course unique, as you were able to put theoretical understandings to practical use. We were also encouraged to participate in conferences, which allowed me to present my work in a poster to a wider audience. With the support and guidance from the course directors and supervisors, this program has certainly been helpful in giving me the confidence to continue to the next stage of my career."

Tharini Ravindra Kumar (September 2022)

"I enjoyed the programme immensely! I love how it covered core topics, experimental approaches and statistical training related to developmental biology to prepare us for our projects. There was a wide range of exciting projects to choose from, and we had the chance to get familiar with our topic of interest by writing a review essay before the project started. The supervisors have been super supportive and helpful, which made my year a wonderful experience despite the difficult circumstances."

Cassandra Yang (September 2021)

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11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Biology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
April 24, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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