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Dr Angela Poulter

Email: a.poulter@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 6050

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£23,750 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Women's Health

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc

This MSc aims to provide medical and science-based students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, specifically human genetics, human embryonic development and fetal medicine.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

On completion of the programme, students have a developed knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine, specifically in the areas of basic genetics, medical genetics, genetic mechanisms, medical genetics, organogenesis and fetal development, gametogenesis and IVF, prenatal diagnosis and screening, fetal medicine, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. They gain transferable skills including information technology, analysis of scientific papers, essay writing, seminar and poster presentation, research techniques, peer review and laboratory skills.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Women's Health aims to provide an academic environment in which students can develop and pursue research at the highest level of accomplishment. It provides opportunities for research in laboratories and groups at the leading edge internationally in a recognised centre of academic excellence.

The institute brings together individuals with expertise across the whole spectrum of women's health - from laboratory science to clinical skills to social and behavioural sciences - with the objective of making a major contribution to the health of women, both in the UK and internationally, by pioneering research, education programmes and clinical initiatives.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Flexible 2-5 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months, flexible study two–five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Basic Genetics
  • Gametogenesis and IVF
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Organogenesis and Fetal Development
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening
  • Medical Genetics
  • Fetal Medicine
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake a clinical or laboratory-based research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations in laboratories, observation days in fetal medicine and IVF units, and student presentations. Assessment is through essays, problem booklets, examinations and the dissertation and viva.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, or a medical qualification (MBBS) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for medical and science based students who wish to specialise in this field and develop the skills required by today's science and clinical staff, such as oral and poster presentations, writing scientific documents, IT skills and laboratory techniques such as PCR, FISH and arrays.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


On completion of the programme, all students will have gained knowledge of both the clinical and laboratory aspects of prenatal genetics and fetal medicine. This will enable the science-orientated students to go on to take PhD's, or careers in embryology or prenatal diagnosis and the medically orientated students will be able to develop their careers in the field of fetal medicine.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • University Hospital Coventry: Trainee Embryologist
  • Northampton General Hospital: Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • UCL: Research Assistant, Cell and Development Biology
  • University of Oxford: PhD student, Wellcome Trust Human Genetics Programme
  • UCL: PhD student, MRC Doctoral Training Account

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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