Reproductive Science and Women's Health MRes

London, Bloomsbury

UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health brings together the expertise of clinicians and researchers from a diverse range of disciplines so that they can deliver excellence and innovation in research and clinical practice. This MRes gives you the opportunity to take a programme with greater emphasis on research skills and experience, and on development of transferable academic and professional skills.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£17,300
£8,650
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
£18,750
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 28 Jun 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

To be eligible for registration, normally a candidate must have obtained 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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will choose taught modules and select research areas from a variety of subjects across reproductive science and women's health, spanning the four themes of the Institute: maternal and fetal health; neonatology; women's cancer; and reproductive health. You will learn how to conduct an independent research project, as well as gaining practical experience and theoretical understanding in research methodologies and critical analysis.

Who this course is for

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, biomedical, and clinical environments.

What this course will give you

The UCL/UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust collaboration provides an academic environment in which you can pursue graduate studies with world-class researchers and clinicians. We offer excellent basic science facilities, opportunities to work in cutting-edge clinical and translational research, and expertise in study methodology.

A comprehensive careers programme is embedded in all our degrees. This ensures that you are exposed to a range of different job opportunities. We have alumni who give talks on their diverse career journeys.

The foundation of your career

The programme will equip you with the general and scientific skills required to embark on careers in research and related fields.

We offer a comprehensive careers programme involving our alumni covering general careers in science and specific advice on careers in embryology, clinical genetics, medicine and research degrees.

Employability

The programme provides you with an excellent introduction to research and prepares students for progression to higher research degrees or more advanced work in their particular field. It will enhance knowledge and awareness of the many issues relevant to reproductive science and women's health. Previous students have gone on to work in a wide variety of fields; charity, regulatory, research, FemTech, clinical scientists, etc.

There is a strong focus on the development of key skills in the programme. In addition, we offer a comprehensive careers programme involving our current staff and alumni; covering general careers in science and specific advice on careers in reproductive science and women's health.

Networking

Students will have the chance to attend our annual EGA Institute for Women's Health research day where we hear about the various projects across the Institute, including from our clinical staff at UCLH, as well as from invited keynote speakers from around the world. These events include lots of networking opportunities throughout the day and usually end with a group social event. During their research projects, students may also attend research group meetings to strengthen their knowledge in that topic area and make connections with others working in the same field. 

Teaching and learning

Each module is organised differently, in a way that best suits the module content. There will be a variety of lectures, seminars, and tutorials as well as guided student presentations, debates, and sessions led by patients, advocates or experts in the field. Where possible, practical demonstrations in laboratories will be offered.

The types of assessment you will do will depend on which modules you choose. We use a variety of methods including essays, patient case reports, critical reviews, examinations, patient information leaflets/press releases, oral presentations, and the dissertation.

All EGA UCL Institute for Women's Health taught modules run for 3 weeks and have somewhere between 2-4 days/week of face-to-face teaching (contact hours) at UCL in London. These are mostly organised into full days and teaching is usually (but not always) between 9:00-5:00. Each module requires about 150 hours of study time which includes taught sessions, independent study, group work and preparing for your assessment.

Modules

The programme structure and subject areas of this MRes are designed to provide you with an opportunity to tailor taught module and research project choices to suit your specific interests within the fields of reproductive science and women’s health.

For the taught module component of the programme, you will choose and study four subject areas during terms 1, 2 and 3 from a selection of modules from the other MSc programmes at IfWH including basic genetics and technology; fertility and infertility: science and society; preimplantation genetic diagnosis and new technology; female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology; prenatal diagnosis and screening; pregnancy and childbirth; breast and reproductive cancers; and research methodology and critical appraisal. 

You will begin work on your research project from the beginning of the academic year. You will shape your proposal together with a supervisor with expertise in an area of the institute’s four research areas: 1) maternal and fetal medicine, 2) neonatology, 3) women’s cancer or 4) reproductive health, to ensure that your project design and necessary approvals are in place early in term 1. You will work on your project throughout the academic year, gaining experience in project design, literature review, data collection, analysis and interpretation. You will submit an interim project introduction in term 2 and submit your final project in early September.
 


The programme structure and subject areas of this MRes are designed to provide you with an opportunity to tailor taught module and research project choices to suit your specific interests within the fields of reproductive science and women’s health.

For the taught module component of the programme, you will choose and study four subject areas over two years from a selection of modules from the other MSc programmes at IfWH including basic genetics and technology; fertility and infertility: science and society; preimplantation genetic diagnosis and new technology; female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology; prenatal diagnosis and screening; pregnancy and childbirth; breast and reproductive cancers; and research methodology and critical appraisal. Most students choose two subjects per year but you can also choose one and three or vice versa depending on your schedule.

You can begin to work on your research project from year 1 but most part-time students start to work on their research project in the second year of the programme. You will shape your proposal together with a supervisor with expertise in an area of the institute’s four research areas: 1) maternal and fetal medicine, 2) neonatology, 3) women’s cancer or 4) reproductive health, to ensure that your project design and necessary approvals are in place early in term 1. You will work on your project throughout the second year of the programme, gaining experience in project design, literature review, data collection, analysis and interpretation. You will submit an interim project introduction in term 2 of the final year and submit your final project in early September.

Modular flexible students can take their taught modules over 2-5 years; their dissertation is often taken in their final year of study. Individual modules are delivered in the same way as they are for full time students. Modular flexible students are not eligible for student finance governmental funding.

For the taught module component of the programme, you will choose and study a minimum of one subject area per year (up to a total of 4) from a selection of modules from the other MSc programmes at IfWH including basic genetics and technology; fertility and infertility: science and society; preimplantation genetic diagnosis and new technology; female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology; prenatal diagnosis and screening; pregnancy and childbirth; breast and reproductive cancers; and research methodology and critical appraisal. 

You can begin to work on your research project at any time during the programme but most students start in the final year of the programme. You will shape your proposal together with a supervisor with expertise in an area of the institute’s four research areas: 1) maternal and fetal medicine, 2) neonatology, 3) women’s cancer or 4) reproductive health, to ensure that your project design and necessary approvals are in place no later than early in term 1 of the final year. You will work on your project throughout your programme (often the last year), gaining experience in project design, literature review, data collection, analysis and interpretation. You will submit an interim project introduction in term 2 of the final year and submit your final project in early September.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £17,300 £8,650
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500 £18,750

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

EGA Institute for Women's Health BAME Master's Scholarship

Deadline: 31 July 2024
Value: £10,000 toward tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

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 personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally after this programme

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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