Postgraduate Certificate Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Science

We lead international research in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and the molecular and cellular basis of disease.

The best part of this course is the Lab Research Project, which gives a good opportunity for real lab experience and also the stem cell technique lab module is one of the best you can ask for. I loved all other modules as well, which gave me a deep insight into current research.

Chandreshkumar Jain, Postgraduate student in Department of Biomedical Science

About the course

Course description

This course provides comprehensive training in molecular cellular and developmental biology, with particular emphasis on animal systems. If you're looking to develop new skills for your career, or prepare for a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD, this is an ideal refresher or top-up course.

We’ll also give you practical training in modern molecular cell biology laboratory techniques, including experimental design, analysis and presentation.

You'll gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the processes that govern embryonic development. You’ll also learn about the molecular and genetic processes that underpin cell biology of body systems.

Lectures and practicals will highlight the relevance of developmental and cell biology to the fields of stem cell and cancer biology, cellular homeostasis and tissue regeneration, and to the process of normal ageing.

Biomedical Science student

Core modules

  • Advanced Developmental Biology
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Practical Molecular Cell Biology


  • Lectures
  • Laboratory sessions


  • Essays
  • Practical work
  • Exams

Course duration

5 months full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a good 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a biomedically related discipline. Applicants with relevant work experience and good academic potential are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Sue Fletcher/Rebecca Suttill
T: +44 (0)114 222 2319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.