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UCL 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 new 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.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits).

Compulsory modules

All students undertake an independent research project in women's health.

Students may choose to focus on a laboratory or non-laboratory project (such as a social or ethical-based project), or an epidemiology project (analysing cohort or registry data).

Optional modules

Students choose four optional modules; a minimum of three from the reproductive science and women's health modules listed below. One option can also be chosen from the modules marked * below. 

  • Basic Genetics and Technology
  • Breast and Reproductive Cancer
  • Concepts and Controversies in Women's Health
  • Female Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
  • Gametogenesis, Preimplantation Development and IVF
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Women's Health
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Developing Technology
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening
  • Reproductive Health
  • Understanding Research in Women's Health
  • Leadership and Professional Development*
  • Perinatal Epidemiology and Maternal Health*
  • Research Methodology and Statistics*
  • Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries*
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal*

Dissertation/research project

The independent research project in women's health culminates in a dissertation of 20,000 words. Students will be involved in the conceptualisation, design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of the project. This will allow the development of research skills in a specific field as well as a range of transferable skills, including literature searching, statistical analysis and written and verbal communication.

Teaching and learning

In addition to taught modules and the long research project, there is a full induction week at the start of the programme and six careers afternoons. A comprehensive range of assessment methods cover the key research, communication and practical skills required for future employment.

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.


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


The first cohort of students on this programme will graduate in 2018. We expect the programme to prepare science-orientated students to go on to further research. Medically-orientated students may wish to develop their careers in the field of reproductive science and women’s health or undertake further research.


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

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

Department: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health


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?

This programme is suitable for qualified medical practitioners, scientists with a first degree in biomedical science, healthcare professionals, and other scientists with equivalent relevant experience. It is designed for those who are interested in reproductive science and women's health who wish to gain research skills and experience and develop transferable academic and professional skills.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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 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.

Visit the Reproductive Science and Women's Health MRes page on the University College London website for more details!