University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Cancer and Developmental Biology

The department focuses on research into cell and molecular biology of cancer and development processes; research areas include: patterning and polarity in the C elegans embryo; signals and mechanisms that organise the Xenopus embryo; cell fate determination and cell-cell interaction in the nervous systems; molecular analysis of Drosophila morphogenesis; analysis of gene expression and cell interactions in early vertebrate development; mechanism and regulation of transcription, DNA repair and DNA damage signalling; regulation of transcription by oncogenes and tumour suppressor proteins; germ cells in the mouse; molecular control of neurogenesis and neuropatterning in Xenopus embryos; control of mitosis by proteolysis and cyclin-dependent kinases; cellular and genetic analysis of Drosophila centrosome; localisation of maternal determinants in Drosophila; formation of mesoderm in amphibian embryos; mechanisms of genetic imprinting; cancer studies are also available in the department of oncology and the medical research council (MRC) cancer cell unit; in addition to the course fee (University composition fee) students may have to pay a college fee.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class Honours degree or overseas equivalent in biology, biochemistry or other biological discipline; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate competence in English. English Language test requirements are currently the same for all courses offered in life sciences: IELTS: Overall band score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading; TOEFL: paper-based test 600 with 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); TOEFL: internet-based test 100 with a minimum score of 25 in each element).

Sponsorship information

Wellcome Trust; Cancer Research UK.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 3,807 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 17,028 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,924 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 18,732 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

Telephone number: 
01223 760606