Research course

Reproductive and Sexual Health

Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The Faculty of Health & Social Care’s work in this theme ranges from research into experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood, to the experiences of men who pay for sex. Key themes include the relationship between the body, health and identity; masculinities; reproductive decision making and cancer/chronic conditions; contraception and abortion; and the understanding of reproductive and sexual health across the life course. All the research in this theme is underpinned by a commitment to understanding, challenging and improving practice in reproductive and sexual health care.

Current/recent research projects
  • What role, if any, do club drugs play in negotiation of safer sex practices among MSM
  • Growing up with HIV
  • Midwives and mothers: reproductive identities and experiences
  • ‘Good Sex’, health outcomes and self-esteem
  • Women with learning disabilities and sexuality
  • Sexuality for people with life-limiting conditions
  • Safe sex, masculinities and MSM

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Disability, sexuality and reproduction Experiences of reproductive loss (to include abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death) Abortion discourses, decision-making and experiences Infant feeding, reproductive choice and control Sexuality, reproduction and living with long-term conditions Sexuality, reproduction and learning disability Reproductive decision making as a result of cancer or chronic conditions Sex, sexuality and sex work HIV and sexually transmitted infections LGBT health Maternity care, midwifery and reproduction Teenage pregnancy

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Dr Lindsay O'Dell