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    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.


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

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    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

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    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    1 year full-time


    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

    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 minimum of a 2:1 in a relevant life science undergraduate degree such as biochemistry, biology, genetics, molecular biology or a degree in veterinary science or medicine. A 2:2 degree may be acceptable depending on an interview and assessment of your past achievements.

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

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

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

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


    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

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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