Postgraduate study

Reproductive Health

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Reproductive Health

The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH) offers three-year PhD programmes, and a one-year, full-time MSc by Research programme, 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.

Topics 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 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.

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 four themes:

  • Theme 1: Reproductive resilience, proliferation, differentiation, repair
  • Theme 2: Reproductive system cancers: aetiology, pathogenesis and therapy
  • Theme 3: Optimising lifelong health through pregnancy and perinatal interventions
  • Theme 4: Immune-endocrine interactions in reproductive health

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.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

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Additional costs apply to this PhD programme: minimum £2,000 per year.

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with 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 on the College website:

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • School of Clinical Sciences
  • Queen's Medical Research Institute
  • 47 Little France Crescent
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ