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Women's Health MPhil/PhD

The UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health encompasses the academic team at UCL and the clinical team at UCL Hospitals Foundation Trust, and accommodates a broad range of research, from basic to clinical and translational science. Our research programmes not only allow students to develop academic skills, but also to pursue laboratory and clinical skills, and to go on to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline, or a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard to these; or a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Our research covers the life course of women from childhood to puberty, motherhood to menopause, and maturity to old age, with the objective of making a difference to the health of women in the UK and internationally. Research may be pursued across the fields of maternal and foetal medicine, neonatology, reproductive health and women’s cancer.

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


The Jean Ginsburg Scholarship for current students at the Institute for Women’s Health, 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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Jean Ginsburg Scholarship

£2,500 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on financial need

SLMS Student Conference Fund

UK, EU, Overseas students

The Suha and George Farha PhD Scholarship

UK/EU fees & maintenance contribution (Three years)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding 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.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Laboratory Manager, Genesis Genetics
  • Genetics Specialist, Bahçeci Health Group, Turkey
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, UCL Cancer Institute
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  • Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaeocology, UCLH


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 involved in career development of current students, for example coming back to UCL to take part in regular career afternoons, and invited back to the 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute houses the UK’s largest group of academics working in Women’s Health, bringing together the expertise of clinicians and researchers. We offer excellent basic science facilities, opportunities to work in cutting-edge clinical and translational research, and expertise in study methodology.

The Institute’s research environment is not only enriched by the UCL/UCLH collaboration at its core, but also by the multidisciplinary work pursued with colleagues across UCL in areas including child health, epidemiology and health care, global health, psychology, and medical physics and biomedical engineering. Our work is further underpinned by a cross-cutting strategy to strengthen and develop programmes of research and education that are of benefit to health care professionals and the women, mothers and new-borns they care for around the globe.

Student / staff ratios › 77 staff including 10 postdocs › 38 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Institute for Women's Health

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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 review

"During my PhD I learned various laboratory skills such as DNA extraction from tissues and blood, genotyping and quantitative PCR, tissue analysis such as immunohistochemistry, immuno-fluorescence, stem cell culture and differentiation as well as flow cytometry analysis. I had the opportunity to undertake courses as part of the UCL Doctoral School research development programme, including courses in communication skills for research presentation, interpretation of data and writing for publication. I presented my data at the various national and international conferences, met and networked with people from different backgrounds and disciplines. I am inspired when lab-based research reaches the patient and makes real difference for his/her quality of life."

Panicos Shangaris

Women's Health PhD
Staff review

"I first moved to UCL in 2000 to do a PhD in Fetal Medicine and I have stayed ever since. The most attractive thing about UCL for me was the history of research and innovation within fetal medicine. This included major breakthroughs in treating fetal disease in the womb, such as fetal blood transfusion and shunts that are now performed routinely around the world. My main research is in translational medicine. I lead the Prenatal Cell and Gene Therapy Group at the UCL Institute for Women's Health. Our aim is to develop prenatal therapies for life-threatening disorders, for example congenital diseases such as thalassaemia, or obstetric complications such as fetal growth restriction. The best thing about working at UCL is the breadth of expertise in related medical and life sciences disciplines. Staff are always ready to discuss an idea and collaborate outside their field. "

Professor Anna David

Reader in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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