2020 start

Reproductive and Developmental Medicine

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This course provides training in reproductive and developmental medicine for scientists, clinicians and those looking to specialise. It's a good platform for a research career or a career in clinical laboratory training for IVF or embryology.
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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Mark Fenwick

The course, taught by leading scientists, clinicians and embryologists, 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.

Completion of this course will prepare you for a range of opportunities, including:

  • a PhD (or MD) programme in reproductive science
  • a clinical laboratory training programme
  • specialising in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), embryology or andrology. Remember that our course does not provide training in clinical embryology techniques such as IVF and ICSI - these require specialist courses elsewhere
  • sub-specialising in reproductive medicine for doctors, lawyers and ethical advisors
  • a medical or teacher training programme.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

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Much of the teaching during the first six months is lecture-based, but also includes seminars, tutorials and practical classes. Class sizes are kept small to encourage interactive learning.

You'll mostly be taught on site in the Jessop Wing, a purpose-built facility that houses the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine. Occasionally classes may be scheduled in the Medical School or main University campus.

During the second six months, you'll be allocated a research project. This involves independent learning supported by one-to-one supervision.


Assessment tasks have been developed to help you develop skills relevant to careers in reproductive medicine:

  • practical exercises with reflective reports
  • preparation of research articles
  • mock ethics committee presentations
  • systematic review and meta-analysis

The research project is assessed by:

  • a poster presentation
  • short reflective reports
  • a thesis
  • a short oral exam based on the written work


1 year full-time

Your career

After successfully completing their course, graduates have had the opportunity to find work in a wide variety of areas and industries:

  • Medical or scientific writing
  • Clinical research and policy
  • Further PhD training in reproductive science
  • Technical support in fertility clinics, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and, clinical diagnostic labs

Our graduates often use the course as a stepping stone towards further training and a career in clinical embryology or Andrology clinics, with a high proportion securing a place onto the very competitive Scientific Training Programme (STP).

For medical students, our masters provides an introduction to obstetrics and gynecology or for those who may be interested in sub-specialising in reproductive medicine and fertility treatment.

Our graduates now work in various fertility clinics around the UK, as well as National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Springer Nature and Porterhouse Medical.

Entry requirements

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

Medical students can intercalate after completion of three years of their medical degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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Dr Mark Fenwick


+44 114 215 9664

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.