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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


Academic, technical and administrative staff in PDN work as a team to deliver high quality undergraduate teaching and the Department places a very high value on ensuring this is maintained. We regularly monitor the content and effectiveness of each of our teaching programmes, and provide constructive feedback and training advice for our teaching staff. In 2019, Cambridge University was ranked No 1 worldwide for the study of Anatomy and Physiology.

Overall, PDN organises and/or delivers teaching for the Medical Tripos, the Veterinary Tripos, and the Natural Sciences Tripos within the framework laid down by the Faculty Board of Biology. We also run a very popular research-based Part II course.

PDN has a dedicated Deputy Head of Teaching (Dr Christof Schwiening, Pilkington Prize winner, 2016) as well as four dedicated Teaching Officers (photo): Dr Cecilia Brassett (Pilkington Prize winner, 2019) and Dr Helen Taylor (Consultant Radiologist) are the University Clinical Anatomists; Dr David Bainbridge is the University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist, and Dr Matthew Mason (Pilkington Prize winner, 2018) is the University Physiologist. Between them they organise courses and deliver over 600 hours of classroom teaching, as well as carrying out research, writing books and treating patients! In addition, PDN has over 30 members of full-time academic staff who contribute to undergraduate teaching, as well as expert teams of technical teaching staff in Human and Veterinary Anatomy and in the Physiological Laboratory.

All of the on-line teaching material is available on Moodle. You will need to be registered in order to access this material, and you will also need a Raven password. Please contact if you have any query.


First year (part IA) courses

Second year (part IB) courses

Third year (part II) courses

Information for supervisors