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BSc Developmental Biology / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades AAA-ABB.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
37-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher Level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
650/4500 (Overall data for biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate courses at Manchester)
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

You should not usually apply for more than one of the biological and biomedical sciences courses offered by The University of Manchester. Please contact us for advice if you are planning to do so.

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Course description

Developmental biology explains how the single cell formed at fertilisation forms an embryo and then a fully formed adult organism.

For this to happen, the fertilised egg must grow and divide to produce the many cells within the adult organism. Different types of cells (such as nerves, muscles and skin) must be produced, and these cells must be arranged together to form the organs of the body. These organs must also be positioned appropriately in the body.

Altogether, these ensure, for example, that hands form at the ends of arms, not legs, and flowers on stems, rather than roots.Our understanding of developmental biology is having a significant impact on our understanding of evolution and modern medicine, including treatment of birth defects, infertility and cancer in humans.

Of particular interest is the use of stem cells to engineer replacement tissues and organs, which could revolutionise medicine.

Developmental biology is a multidisciplinary field that integrates genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy, physiology and computer modelling.

Consequently, if you choose this course, you will gain research-driven knowledge and experience in a broad range of biological subjects, from the molecular functions of individual genes and proteins, to the structure and function of whole organs.

Open days

The University runs several open days per year.

Open days

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). These tours are open to anybody thinking of applying to us for any of the biological and biomedical sciences. Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 5032 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.


No specific sponsorships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+ 44 (0)161 275 5456
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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