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A minimum of £2,000 per annum is charged to all PhD students.
The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH) offers 3 year PhD programmes, and a one-year, full-time MSc by Research programme (see degree finder under "Taught" programmes, or follow link below), which aims to introduce students to modern up-to-date molecular and cellular biological research in the field of reproductive sciences, reproductive health and reproductive medicine in a stimulating, challenging and vibrant research atmosphere, at the interface between basic science and clinical patient care. The MSc forms an ideal insight into a PhD, with students undertake some core teaching and two 20-week research projects, performed on a very wide range of research fields within the reproductive sciences.
Topics for PhD and MSc that can be offered include using a wide range of models and in human, studying a number of important problems associated with human reproductive health and disease in testis, ovary, the uterus during the menstrual cycle and throughout pregnancy and labour, in the fetus and neonate, and in fetal programming resulting in increased risk of chronic disease in adulthood.
The programme is intended for high-calibre students with biological science, medical or veterinary backgrounds. Entry requires a relevant undergraduate degree with a UK 2:1 or higher result, or its international equivalent.
All documentation must be uploaded to support your application. You should have this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this could delay your application.
Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found below.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in research and teaching in reproductive sciences, health and medicine.
The most recent Research Assessment Exercise rated Reproductive Biology as 5*. The CRH has arranged its research under three themes: 1/ ‘the niche in long term germ cell function and tissue regeneration’; 2/ ‘scarless healing’, and 3/ ‘developmental programming by steroids and reproductive resilience’. These theme titles illustrate some of the remarkable properties that make reproductive systems such relevant and powerful models for translational studies across a wide spectrum of human diseases and pathologies in other systems.
The CRH has close links with other internationally recognised research centres in the Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI), with the Clinical Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Simpson’s Centre for Reproductive Health, and with other research centres on the same Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site, and elsewhere within Edinburgh. Many student projects are organised with and between these centres, reflecting the interdisciplinary research environment, where students and trainees are regarded as the ‘lifeblood’ for the future.
The CRH has well-equipped, high-quality research laboratories, excellent imaging and histological facilities and an on-site biological research facility. It utilises and links with a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art clinical imaging, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics centres and core facilities.
Specific CRH studentships for 1 year MSc, 3 year PhD and 1+3 MSc/PhD are also advertised on the CRH website.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
This article was published on Apr 25, 2013