MSc Reproductive and Developmental Medicine

Department of Human Metabolism, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Lead academic: Dr Mark Fenwick

The course provides training in reproductive and developmental medicine for scientists, clinicians and others, for instance ethical advisers or lawyers looking to specialise.

It's a good platform for a research career or a career in clinical laboratory training for IVF or embryology.

Through the taught modules you'll develop a solid understanding of reproductive science relevant to clinical applications.

We cover the breadth of processes from gonadal development and production of gametes through to pregnancy and parturition.

Each module is taught by leading scientists and clinicians in that field.

You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the ethical issues and international laws regulating reproductive medicine.

Finally, you'll undertake a research project to develop a depth of knowledge in a specialist topic.

Core modules

  • Scientific Information and Research Design
  • Gonads to Gametes: fundamentals of reproduction
  • Fertilisation, Implantation and Embryology
  • Fetal Development, Pregnancy and Parturition
  • Reproductive Technology and Infertility
  • Law, Ethics and Policy in Reproductive Medicine


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Small group discussions
  • One-to-one supervision
  • Laboratory-based research project

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Medicine students

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in a life science subject – biochemistry, biology, genetics, molecular biology – veterinary science or medicine.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Listening and 6.0 in in all other components, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You'll be taught by leading research scientists and clinicians giving you up-to-date knowledge of advances in the field and research experience with internationally-renowned research groups.

Classes are kept small (15-20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you'll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

Your career

The demand for training and careers in this sector is increasing. You'll get a range of subject-specific and transferable skills that will help you enter clinical programmes such as embryology or andrology. The experience gained on this course is excellent preparation for a PhD.

Study environment

Opened in 2001, the Jessop Wing is a purpose-built facility that houses a maternity unit, an assisted conception unit as well as the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine (AURDM).

You'll be primarily based in the AURDM, which includes state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories equipped for molecular biology, microscopy and IVF. You'll also have further access to core facilities in the Medical School.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

If you have any questions please contact the programme director (details below).

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Mark Fenwick
T: 0114 226 8277