Women's Health MD(Res)

Research areas:

  • Early placental development and pregnancy failure
  • Epigenetics and development
  • Fetal medicine and fetal therapy
  • Prenatal, fetal, neonatal, and adult gene transfer for disease modelling
  • Oocyte growth and maturation
  • Preimplantation development, genetics, and diagnosis
  • Perinatal and neonatal brain protection
  • Prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Preterm birth and its prevention
  • Proteomic studies
  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Sexual health and development
  • Women’s cancer biology and risk prediction

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised Master’s degree.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Ginsburg Scholarship

For current students studying Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Endocrinology at the Royal Free Hospital and UCL. This award is based on financial need and was founded in memory of Dr Jean Ginsburg who was on of the first women to graduate from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London. Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must contact their Head of Department.

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


Research students graduating from the Institute for Women’s Health pursue a diverse range of careers in science and medicine, reflecting the breadth of the Institute’s research. Many of our medical research students specialise in clinical medicine, for example in obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatology, oncology, and genetics. Recent graduate destinations also include academic research posts in the UK and overseas in academic and private sector environments. Other students go on to work in related fields, from clinical diagnostic units to healthcare analyst companies.


Development of research and transferable skills is core to all our research programmes, enabling our students to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities. The institute brings together the expertise of clinicians and researchers, and students work in this translational research environment. Research students can attend, and gain teaching experience on, our graduate taught programmes, participate in organisation of the annual student conference, and expand generic research and transferable skills through the Graduate School’s Skill Development Programme.


The Institute for Women’s Health prides itself in offering long-term networking opportunities. Alumni are linked via Facebook and Linkedin and are involved in career development of current students, for example coming back to UCL to take part in regular career afternoons. An annual IfWH alumni event will be launched in 2013. Institute staff involvement in a wide range of professional organisations, such as ESHRE (European Society of Reproduction and Embryology) and the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, also provides students with important connections and networking opportunities.

Next steps


Dr Angela Poulter

T: +44 (0)20 7679 6050


Institute for Women's Health

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Staff View

"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."

Professor Neil Marlow

Professor of Neonatal Medicine

Student View

"The careers events organised as part of the MSc were a good chance to network, as representatives from academia, industry and clinical practice were all present to talk about the opportunities available to graduates in their respective areas."

Chelsea Buck

Degree: Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc