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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. There is a strong focus on development of key skills and careers advice in the programme.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£11,090 (FT) N/A (PT)
£25,140 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

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

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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Degree Information

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

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 consisting of eight core modules (120 credits, full time nine months, flexible study two-five years) is offered.

Core Modules

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


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake a clinical, laboratory, audit or library-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. There are a number of peer-led learning activities. Assessment is through essays, patient case reports, critical reviews of papers, problem booklets, examinations and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc


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.


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 pursue research degrees, careers in embryology or prenatal diagnosis, or other careers in the field or in general science. The medically orientated students will be able to develop their careers in the field of fetal medicine.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Trainee, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Ticino, Switzerland (2012)
  • Genetic Technologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (2012)
  • PhD Student, Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics (2013)
  • Junior Embryologist, Nova IVI Fertility, India (2013)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinical Trainee, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), Ticino, Switzerland (2012)
  • Trainee Embryologist, Homerton University Hospital (2013)


Throughout the MSc programme students learn key skills through peer-led activities, such as evaluating and presenting orally on patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers. Basic laboratory techniques are taught, such as PCR and FISH, as well as essay writing, critical evaluation of papers, debates and ethical discussions. We also offer a comprehensive careers programme involving our alumni, covering how to apply for a job, mock job applications, CV writing, general careers in science and specific career advice such as careers in embryology, clinical genetics and research degrees.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health provides an academic environment in which students can pursue graduate studies taught by academics and clinicians at the leading-edge internationally in a recognised centre of excellence.

The Institute brings together individuals with expertise across the whole spectrum of women's health - from laboratory science to clinical skills - 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.

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
Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Student review

"The system of learning/researching in UCL is very different then universities in my country, as in UCL in depth knowledge is provided from the very basics to the current research going on in my field. In UCL many books, papers and up-to date journals are available online for in depth researching and learning which is not available in universities in my country. The professors at UCL have a systematic way of teaching which makes learning things easy, many of my friends face this problems here. The cutting edge research carried out at UCL is way more sophisticated, well designed and up to date. Most of the research work carried out here is novel, one that has been never tried as a result I get better platform to learn and perform new things with more sophisticated techniques that are still not available in universities in my country. I am very proud to be a part of UCL to learn and carry out novel research project at UCL."

Shardul Trivedi

Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc
Student review

"I was impressed with the choice of lecturers, as we were thought by well-known researchers in this field. It was also great to know that my future career is important for academic staff."

Zofia Litwinska

Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine MSc

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for medical and science based students who wish to gain a theoretical grounding in prenatal genetics and fetal medicine and the gain skills required by today's science and clinical staff, working in academic and clinical environments.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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