Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc

This MSc aims to provide medical and science-based students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field of reproductive science and women's health. 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.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

Normally 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.

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 knowledge and understanding of the theoretical (including clinical) and laboratory aspects of reproductive science and women's health, specifically in the areas of basic genetics, gametogenesis and IVF, female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology, pregnancy and childbirth, breast and reproductive cancers, prenatal diagnosis and screening, reproductive health, 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 comprising eight core modules (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study two–five years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Basic Genetics and Technology
  • Gametogenesis, Preimplantation Development and IVF
  • Female Reproductive Physiology and Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening
  • Reproductive Health
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and developing technology
  • Breast and Reproductive Cancers


  • 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, reproductive 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 Reproductive Science and Women's Health 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 reproductive science and women's health. This will enable the science-orientated students to go on to pursue research degrees, careers in embryology, 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 reproductive science and women's health.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Fellow, NHS Harris Bright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine (2013)
  • PhD Student, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh (2014)
  • Executive, McKinsey & Company (2014)
  • Trainee Healthcare Scientist (Reproductive Science), NHS Scientist Training Programme (2013)
  • Trainee Embryologist, ISIS Clinic, Cyprus (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 dergees.

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

"I applied to UCL because of its world renowned reputation in graduate study. The course in particular offers the student a wide range of skills to acquire within the year, we gained transferable experience in the analysis of scientific papers, information technology, essay writing, research techniques and presentation skills."

Anna McLaughlin

Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc
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. "

Dr Anna David

Cell and Gene Therapy MSc, Surgical and Interventional Sciences MSc, British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine PhD
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.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for medical, science and nursing students who wish to gain a theoretical grounding in Reproductive Science and Women's Health and develop the 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 Reproductive Science and Women's Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study Reproductive Science and Women's Health 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
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