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Developmental Biology

Diploma in Science

Be at the forefront of advances in modern medicine. Study developmental biology and learn how organisms are formed from a single cell.

Understanding human and animal development is fundamental to medicine and biomedicine.

State-of-the-art medical therapeutic strategies are built on innovative discoveries from developmental biology, including stem cells, cell engineering, artificial organs, 3D printing and tissue regeneration.

Developmental biology is key to understanding health and disease. It consolidates knowledge from anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and pharmacology to provide students with an integrated understanding of human development.

Learn from leading researchers and apply your theoretical knowledge in the laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

In-depth knowledge of Developmental Biology is beneficial for a range of career opportunities within health, science, or academia. 

Studying courses in Developmental Biology can also help you prepare for sitting the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test).


1 in Queensland for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

38 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Environmental and science communicator
  • Medical affairs/medical science liaison
  • Project officer
  • Clinical sales specialist
  • Pharmaceutical marketing officer
  • Product manager
  • Medical marketing associate
  • Medical officer
  • Medical writer
  • Medical practitioner

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Genes, Cells & Evolution
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Differentiation and Development
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

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