EGA Institute for Women's Health


Women's Health MPhil/PhD

The UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health encompasses the academic team at UCL and the clinical team at UCL Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, and accommodates a broad range of research, from basic to clinical and translational science. Our research programmes not only allow you to develop academic skills, but also to pursue laboratory and clinical skills, and to go on to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£25,730 (FT)
£12,840 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Science graduates must have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Clinical candidates must have a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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Our research covers the life course of women from childhood to puberty, motherhood to menopause, and maturity to old age, with the objective of making a difference to the health of women in the UK and internationally. Research may be pursued across the fields of maternal and foetal medicine, neonatology, reproductive health and women’s cancer.

Research areas

  • Early placental development and pregnancy failure
  • Epigenetics and development
  • Fetal medicine and fetal therapy
  • Prenatal, fetal, neonatal, and adult gene transfer for disease modelling
  • Oocyte growth and maturation
  • Preimplantation development, genetics, and diagnosis
  • Perinatal and neonatal brain protection
  • Prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Preterm birth and its prevention
  • Proteomic studies
  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Sexual health and development
  • Women’s cancer biology and risk prediction
More information can be found on the department website: Women's Health MPhil/PhD

About this degree

Additional costs

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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


Research students graduating from the Institute for Women’s Health pursue a diverse range of careers in science and medicine, reflecting the breadth of the institute’s research. Many of our medical research students specialise in clinical medicine, for example in obstetrics and gynaecology, neonatology, oncology, and genetics. Recent graduate destinations also include academic research posts in the UK and overseas in academic and private sector environments. Other students go on to work in related fields, from clinical diagnostic units to healthcare analyst companies.


Development of research and transferable skills is core to all our research programmes, enabling you to compete in the broadest range of career opportunities. The institute brings together the expertise of clinicians and researchers, enabling you to work in a translational research environment. Research students can attend, and gain teaching experience on, our graduate taught programmes, participate in organisation of the annual student conference, and expand generic research and transferable skills through the UCL Doctoral School’s Skill Development Programme.


The Institute for Women’s Health prides itself in offering long-term networking opportunities. Alumni are linked via Facebook and Linkedin, involved in the career development of current students (such as coming back to UCL to take part in regular career afternoons) and invited back to the Institute's annual alumni event. Institute staff involvement in a wide range of professional organisations, such as ESHRE (European Society of Reproduction and Embryology) and the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society, also provides students with important connections and networking opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Institute brings together the expertise of diverse clinicians and researchers who are leaders in their field of women's health. We offer excellent basic science facilities, opportunities to work in cutting-edge clinical and translational research, and expertise in study methodology.

The Institute’s research environment is not only enriched by the UCL/UCLH collaboration at its core, but also by the multidisciplinary work pursued with colleagues across UCL in areas including child health, epidemiology and healthcare, global health, psychology, and medical physics and biomedical engineering. Our work is further underpinned by a cross-cutting strategy to strengthen and develop programmes of research and education that are of benefit to healthcare professionals and the women, mothers and newborns they care for around the globe.

Department: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health

What our students and staff say

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
Student review

"Funded by the UCL Grand Challenges programme, during my studies I have had the opportunity to present my results at national and international conferences, networking with people from various disciplines. This has shaped my understanding of multi-disciplinary work and added value to my project. I have attended many training courses provided by the UCL Doctoral School that improved my analytical, writing, leadership, and negotiating skills. Events organised by UCL Careers have given me the opportunity to consider potential career paths I wouldn't otherwise have thought of."

Dimitrios Koutoukidis

Women's Cancer
Student review

"UCL is a melting pot of multidisciplinary research activity and it is refreshing to be able to have teaching and learning opportunities in various departments. My study is part of a key longitudinal study in the field of neonatology, paediatrics and adult medicine. This cross-cutting feature gives it its significance, as the results will have important influence on health policy and practice."

Joanne Beckmann

Women's Health

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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