Faculty of Science


Duration: Full-time MSc - 12 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.

E-mail: pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk

Tuition fees

Programme catalogue

MSc in Developmental Biology

This programme focuses on the science of the processes governing the growth and development of organisms. It includes studies of the genes and molecules that control cell growth, differentiation and morphogenesis that give rise to tissues, organs and individuals.

The department has outstanding facilities for experimental work using a range of model vertebrate organisms.

The MSc programmes in Biology & Biochemistry are designed for students who wish to specialise further in a particular field or wish to change direction from their first degree (in a related area).

If you already have extensive and relevant research experience and would like to specialise, you might consider an MRes programme.

Why study Biology and Biochemistry with us?

  • 90% of our research judged to be internationally recognised, excellent or world-leading
  • Our current research funding portfolio stands at £14 million, supporting internationally excellent research in the biosciences

What will I learn?

The aim of each of our MSc programmes in Biology and Biochemistry is to provide professional-level training that will develop highly skilled bioscientists with strong theoretical, research and transferable skills, all of which are necessary to work at the forefront of modern biosciences.

For further information please see our department pages

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2


Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (18 credits) Research Project
(30 credits)
Critical review of literature (6 credits) Critical review of literature (6 credits)
Research training and support skills (12 credits) Research training support skills (12 credits)
Molecular genetics of vertebrate development (6 credits) Molecular genetics of vertebrate development (6 credits)
 Optional Taught Units (42 credits) Optional Taught Units (42 credits)
 Select 2 to 3 units (12 to 18 credits) Select 3 to 4 (18 to 24 credits)


Programme structure

Commonly chosen 6-credit units include:

  • Molecular genetics of vertebrate development
  • Advanced developmental genetics
  • Systems and developmental neurobiology
  • Molecular mechanisms of disease
  • Current topics in gene regulation and cell differentiation
  • Human developmental disorders
  • Vertebrate developmental biology
  • Cell biology of metastasis

Career opportunities

Since graduating, our students have gone on to employment or further research at institutions in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Recent employers include:

  • Morvus-Technology Ltd
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath
  • Ministry of Defence
  • State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford University
  • AbCam
  • Salisbury Foundation Trust Hospital
  • Lonza