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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£10,765 (FT)
£24,410 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
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 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

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

On completion of the programme, students have a developed 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 of 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 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 take PhDs, to develop careers in embryology or go on to other careers in the field or in general science, and 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

  • Trainee Healthcare Scientist, Reproductive Science, NHS Scientist Training Programme (2013)
  • MD(Res) student, UCL (2011)
  • Research Fellow, Fetal Medicine Foundation, London (2011)
  • Trainee Healthcare Scientist (Reproductive Science), NHS Scientist Training Programme (2013)
  • Trainee Embryologist, ISIS Clinic, Cyprus (2013)


Throughout the MSc programme students learn key skills such as peer-led activities evaluating patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers which they have to present orally. 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 covering how to apply for a job, mock job applications, writing your CV, general careers in science and specific career advice such as careers in embryology, clinical genetics, and PhDs.

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 › 66 staff › 36 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 field of Assisted Reproductive Technology is an exciting one that is still developing at a very rapid rate; becoming more important as women delay having children in favour of careers. With the World Health Organization quoting as many as one in four couples as requiring fertility treatment there is a definite place for this technology. I want to be part of this expanding industry that has provided the world with over 5 million babies and all the new treatments that it can provide for couples in the future. It is a unique career path for a scientist because of the amount of patient contact involved and because your work is not restricted solely to the bench, but is instead applied directly in treatments in a rewarding and challenging way."

Chelsea Buck

Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc
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

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
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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  • 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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