MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Biology

Helping you develop your knowledge and skills for a scientific or clinical career

Key information

MSc: 1 year full-time
PG Certificate: 6 months full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

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As a graduate in the life-sciences, this MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Biology can help you reach the next stage of your career - be that PhD posts, entry to medical school, or clinical speciality training. With both a full-time MSc and a PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate) on offer, you can choose the pathway most suited to you, and use the specific scientific skills and the transferable skills we give you to take the next step.

Entry requirements

First degree in a life science, veterinary science, or medicine, (minimum of second class honours)
For further information, please see entry requirements

Is this programme for you?

Applicants to this course are looking to improve your theoretical knowledge in the areas of reproductive and developmental biology, alongside gaining practical skills within a vibrant research environment.

Please note that we do not provide training in any technologies or techniques of Assisted Reproduction (IVF); however, previous students have gained places on the highly competitive Scientist Training Programme that is now required for those who wish to work as embryologists within the NHS.

You will need to be an independent person, who is looking for a challenge. If you're not afraid of hard work, then we would welcome an application from you.


Offers are made on a first-come, first served basis. Once places are filled, we will close to new applications, so ensure that you submit your application sooner, rather than later. 

You will receive notification of a conditional offer or rejection in the weeks following your submission. If you do not hear from us, it is because you have been placed on the waiting list.

Please note that we are unable to consider your application without at least one academic reference from your most recent institution.

Programme structure

Both courses start with six months of teaching on our current understanding of key topics in reproductive and developmental biology. This is split into 6 topics:

  • Development of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems
  • Endocrinology - Activation of the Gonads and Regulation of Gametogenesis
  • Fertilisation and Early Embryo Development
  • Experimental Approaches to Improved Understanding of Reproduction and Development
  • Pregnancy
  • Development and Stem Cell Biology

During this taught component, you will receive practical training in, for example:

  • Microscopy (dissection, confocal, and fluorescence)
  • QPCR
  • Western Blotting

You will be assessed throughout the course component, with the PG Certificate concluding with the final examination in March. At this point, MSc students will enter their research project.

Key benefits

Whether you are from scientific or clinical background, you will be provided with in-depth knowledge of molecular and cellular aspects of reproduction and development.

As an MSc student, undertake a laboratory research project will provide you with vital experience of current techniques. This also helps embed the transferable skills covered throughout the course, including data analysis and scientific writing.