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Undergraduate Developmental Biology 2019-2020

DB3503: THE EARLY EMBRYO

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • this course takes us back to the very beginning of embryonic development and explores the fascinating process of how the fertilised egg develops into the complex multicellular embryo;
  • we will explore the embryology of axis induction and germ layer formation and the cellular processes driving morphogenesis;
  • we will illustrate fundamental molecular mechanisms that regulate early embryonic development; and how many of the same mechanisms are now found to regulate also organ development and stem cells during regeneration;
  • we will also discuss which scientific experiments gave us this knowledge and what tools and methods are used to study early embryos

DB3804: DEVELOPMENT OF ORGAN SYSTEMS

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

  • the business end of embryogenesis – turning a bundle of cells into a functioning baby;
  • the course addresses the development of the major organ systems – where do the lungs, the pancreas, the liver, the blood, the heart etc. come from?  How does the nervous system develop?;
  • we show that the processes are not ‘magic’. There are accessible principles and systems that enable us to begin to understand how tissue development happens; 
  • the course investigates the roles of stem cells in embryology, adult life and cancer;
  • practical classes in working laboratories study the roles of cell proliferation and cell death in embryogenesis

DB4002: EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

  • this is an advanced course that explores developmental processes from an evolutionary perspective;
  • the theory and practice of evolutionary biology as applied to developmental systems will be covered, focussing on the evolution of a range of developmentally important events, including vertebrate limb evolution and human-specific traits; 
  • the course provide experience of problem-solving, critical analysis of research material, oral and written presentation and subject-specific computational skills

DB4501: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY HONOURS PROJECT

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

  • Final year Honours projects offer an excellent opportunity to carry out cutting-edge literature or lab-based scientific research
  • With projects from disciplines throughout the School of Medicine, Medical Science and Nutrition to choose from, this is a opening to follow your interests working with staff and leading researchers
  • Projects form the zenith of your degree and fosters development of the skills and knowledge gained throughout your degree, as well as heightening analytical and critical thinking abilities
  • The opportunity to be part of novel, yet-to-be published research projects can be career-defining, and provides experience to prepare you for the future.

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