Women's Health MSc

London, Bloomsbury

Globally, the life course of women from birth to puberty, motherhood, menopause and old age, is filled with opportunities to improve health and wellbeing. This unique programme covers the different aspects of women's health (physical, mental, social, cultural, legal and ethical) whilst optional modules allow you to tailor your programme to your individual interests.

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 academic year
2 academic 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 an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific or social science discipline, or a professional health qualification (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in the field of women’s health is desirable.

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

The four compulsory modules will provide you with a broad understanding of the central themes in women's health. You can then shape your learning to reflect your career aspirations through the selection of four optional modules. These include topics such as sexual health, reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health, health psychology and gender and global health.

Who this course is for

We welcome applications across a broad spectrum of women's health backgrounds; including recent graduates and those returning to education after a period of employment.

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 collaboration with UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) provides an academic environment in which you can pursue graduate studies taught by world-class researchers and clinicians.

Blending taught and research elements allows students from diverse backgrounds to develop the skills necessary for a career in women's health.

The foundation of your career

Throughout the MSc programme, you will acquire key skills through peer-led activities, such as evaluating and presenting orally on patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers.

You will learn key skills such as:

  • Evaluating and reviewing data from a variety of sources (papers, case studies, media coverage etc.).
  • Collecting, interpreting and presenting data using both written and oral methods.
  • Intellectual curiosity and an ability to critically challenge current methods of research or ideological standpoints.
  • Cross-disciplinary thinking from a multiplicity of perspectives (linking together the wide variety of optional modules).

You also have the opportunity to take part in debates and ethical discussions.


This degree 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 women's health.

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 job applications, CV writing, general careers in science and specific advice on careers in women's health.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and student presentations. There are a number of peer-led learning activities. Assessment is through a variety of methods including essays, patient case reports, group and individual seminars/presentations, critical reviews, examinations and the dissertation.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time 1 year, part-time 2 years, flexible 2-5 years) is offered. Students take 60 credits of compulsory modules and 60 credits of optional modules. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 1 year, part-time 2 years) is offered. Students take 30-60 credits of compulsory modules and up to 30 credits of optional modules.


The programme is structured both to provide you with a grounding in core subject areas and to allow you to tailor your learning to your particular interests through access to a broad range of optional module topics. For full time students:

In term 1 you will develop your core understanding of research in women's health, and the basics of female reproductive anatomy, physiology and pathology while also taking optional modules.

In term 2 you will consolidate your core learning with a focus on concepts and controversies in, and legal and ethical aspects of, women's health and continue your tailored learning journey with further optional modules.

In term 3 you will complete your taught studies with optional modules.

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: https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan/eligibility

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 Women's Health. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Women's Health. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Women's Health.


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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Event: MSc Women’s Health Programme

Listen to our virtual graduate open event to learn more about our MSc 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: 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 2022
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.

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 Women's Health at graduate level
  • why you want to study 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.

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

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