Developmental biology is aimed at understanding how a fertilised egg gives rise to a complex multicellular organism. The Developmental Biology MSc will give a thorough training in this subject area with opportunities to undertake research placements in the labs of leading researchers working on a range of model organisms and diverse areas of developmental biology. Some of the major areas of research undertaken at The University of Manchester are as follows:
Studies of gene expression and cell signalling in model organisms, such as Drosophila, Xenopus, and mouse are illuminating the mechanisms by which different cell types and tissues arise during development. Findings obtained from these studies serve as general principles relating to human development.
The ways in which misregulation of developmental mechanisms leads to human diseases, e.g. cancer, are being explored using various models.
The mechanisms regulating stem cell maintenance and differentiation are being investigated, in order to harness the therapeutic potential of stem cells.
The healing process is being studied to improve wound repair and in the longer term regeneration of organs.
You require 180 credits to complete the programme. 135 credits are research project based and 45 credits are from taught courses.
Taught components of the course:
* Tutorial and Workshop (15 credits)
* Teaching Seminars (15 credits)
* Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits)
Research components of the course:
* Research Placement 1 (60 credits)
* Research Placement 2 (60 credits)
* Research Skills (15 credits)
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