Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This programme provides you 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 13 May 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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.

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: Good

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. International Preparation Courses

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 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, fertility and infertility: science and society, 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.

You will also gain transferable skills including information technology skills, ability to analyse scientific papers, essay writing, seminar presentations, research techniques, peer review and laboratory skills.

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 and clinical environments.

What this course will give you

The UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health delivers excellence in research, clinical practice, education and training in order to make a real and sustainable difference to women's and babies' health worldwide.

The institute's UCL/UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust collaboration provides an academic environment in which students can pursue graduate studies taught by world-class researchers and clinicians.

Our diversity of expertise in maternal and fetal medicine, neonatology, reproductive health and women's cancer ensures a vibrant environment in which students develop subject-specific and generic transferable skills, supporting a broad range of future employment opportunities.

The foundation of your career

Throughout the programme you will learn key skills through peer-led activities, such as evaluating and presenting orally on patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers. You will learn how to write essays and patient case reports and how to critically evaluate papers. You will also have the opportunity to take part in debates and ethical discussions and to learn basic laboratory techniques. We offer a comprehensive careers programme involving our alumni covering job applications, CV writing, general careers in science and specific advice on careers in embryology, clinical genetics, medicine and research degrees.


On completion of the programme, you 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, further training for careers in embryology, or other careers in the field or in general science. Medically-orientated students will be able to develop their careers in the field of reproductive science and women's health.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and student presentations. Where possible, practical demonstrations in laboratories and observation days in fetal medicine and IVF units will be offered. There are a number of peer-led learning activities. Assessment is through a variety of methods including essays, patient case reports, critical reviews of papers, online problem booklet, examinations and the dissertation.

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight core modules (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study two to five years) is offered.



The programme structure and subject areas of this MSc are clearly defined, designed to provide you with a rounded and coherent understanding of reproductive science and women’s health. For full time students:

In term 1 you will study basic genetics & technology, fertility and infertility: science and society, and female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology.

In term 2 you build on your learning in term 1 to progress to study of pregnancy and childbirth, breast and reproductive cancers, and prenatal diagnosis and screening.

In term 3 your taught studies culminate in a focus on reproductive health and preimplantation genetic diagnosis and new technology.  

You will define your project topic in term 1, and ensure that your project design and necessary approvals are in place and submit an interim project introduction in term 2. You will work on your project full time from early June and submit this in early September.

All IfWH taught modules run for 3 weeks and have somewhere between 2-4 days/week of face-to-face teaching (contact hours). These are mostly organised into full days and teaching is usually (but not always) between 9:30-5:00. Each module requires about 150 hours of study time (including face-to-face sessions, online material and assessment preparation).


Part time students must take the same number of credits in both years of study; 6 taught modules in the first year, and 2 taught modules plus the dissertation in the second year. Individual modules are delivered in the same way as they are for full time students.



Modular flexible students can take their taught modules over 2-5 years; their dissertation is 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:

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 is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Reproductive Science and Women's Health.


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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Event: MSc Reproductive Science and Women’s Health Programme

Listen to our virtual graduate open event to learn more about our MSc Reproductive Science and Women’s Health Programme, meet our programme leads and hear the answers to the questions you may have about studying at the UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £14,700 £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100 £16,050

Programme fees 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:

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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

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

Deadline: 31 July 2022
Value: £10,000 toward tuition fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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

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.

This programme is usually provisionally full by April. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding should take note of application deadlines.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021