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Developmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 138 Developmental Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

As a Developmental Biology PhD student, you’ll have the chance to undertake a detailed research project into the key concepts that underpin the development of an organism. You may be investigating the role of a specific signaling pathway such as Notch, understanding how stem cells acquire their fates or researching the formation of a specific system in humans.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Developmental Biology?

Studying a PhD in Developmental Biology, you’ll become proficient in a range of laboratory skills, especially cell culture as well as techniques from Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and genetics. Due to the complicated ethical concerns surrounding developmental biology, particularly when it comes to studying human embryos, you’ll develop a comprehensive knowledge of ethics.

Some typical research topics in Developmental Biology include:

  • Investigating the development of a particular organ
  • Understanding the development of non-human organisms such as fish
  • Investigating the role of ions and/or growth factors in early embryo development
  • Researching the developmental cause of birth defects
  • How stem cells acquire their fate

Most Developmental Biology programmes are fully funded by the university or a doctoral training programme. These programmes usually have a certain number of advertised projects available, with the proposal previously written by the supervisor determining the scope of the work.

Proposing your own research project is not common in Developmental Biology, mainly due to the challenge of finding funding to cover both your PhD and bench fees.

On a general workday, you’ll likely be in the laboratory preparing or performing experiments, analysing data you collected previously, writing up results and discussing your work with your supervisor and colleagues. You’ll submit your thesis of approximately 60,000 words at the end of your PhD, then have to defend it in a viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Developmental Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Developmental Biology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Developmental Biology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s difficult for Developmental Biology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Precision Medicine DTP - Integrative single-cell transcriptomic to identify novel mediator of human blood progenitor proliferation

  Research Group: MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Background. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the most widely used cells for cell therapy because of their unique ability to reconstitute the entire blood and immune system upon transplantation. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Using single transcriptomic and genetic manipulation to investigate the cellular interaction in preneoplastic cell development niche

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
Additional Supervisor. Prof Thomas Otto [University of Glasgow]. Background. Tumourigenesis is initiated by a single cell acquiring an oncogenic mutation, which drives preneoplastic cell (PNC) development. Read more

Fitness effects of germline-specific DNA

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Complex organisms, like ourselves, contain trillions of cells, each a little different in order to make skin, bones, blood and all the other tissues that make up our bodies. Read more

Exploring a novel neurodevelopmental disease gene using a zebrafish model

The Rare Disorder Genetics / Bicknell lab is interested in characterising novel genetic syndromes, with three core motivations. -the difference we can make to families with rare disorders, through providing them with more information. Read more

China Scholarship Council: Somitogenesis and the cell cycle

One of the key processes in embryo development is somitogenesis. This describes the formation of segments, known as somites, that go on to develop the bone and muscles of the skeleton. Read more

China Scholarship Council: Life on the Edge: understanding how cereals surfaces respond to change

Cereals are our primary source of calories. To safeguard our food supply, we must maintain cereal grain yields despite accelerating and more extreme temperature and drought events from climate change. Read more

China Scholarship Council: Climate change and sensory development in animals

Earth has experienced 0.8°C increase in average temperature since 1950 and 2C since 1880 [1,2]. Human beings are exposed to this suboptimal temperature chronically for many months at a stretch. Read more

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