Developmental Biology (C1008)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

How does an adult organism arise from a fertilized egg? This module presents the concepts and principles that are rapidly emerging from studies of developmental processes in animals.

Topics to be discussed include egg organisation and origins of cell differences, molecular mechanisms of cell differentiation, cell movements and inductive interactions, long-range signalling mechanisms, the cellular and molecular processes underlying pattern formation, and the evolutionary conservation of developmental mechanisms in different phyla.


83%: Lecture
17%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay, Problem Set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 28 hours of contact time and 122 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: