Taught course

Reproduction and Pregnancy

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require a BSc (First or Upper Second) or MBChB or equivalent from a British university (or overseas equivalent ) in an appropriate biological or medical subject. For intercalating MBChB students, we require satisfactory achievement in Years 1-3 or 1-4, with normally no failure at any examination, as well as research motivation.

We will consider applicants with other professional (including midwifery) or research-related experience.

We do not require applicants to develop a research proposal or have any research experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Reproduction and Pregnancy course is designed to train those who wish to pursue a research career in reproductive medicine or pregnancy, or to work in associated areas in health or science.

You will undertake two interrelated research projects on a specific topic in reproduction and pregnancy, alongside taught units providing up-to-date knowledge of reproduction and pregnancy and training in research skills. You do not need any prior research experience before starting the course.

Our course will give you hands-on experience of cutting-edge technologies applicable to reproduction and pregnancy, and transferable to other areas of medical research.

You will also gain training and experience in scientific writing and developing a research proposal and receive a grounding in a wide range of reproductive medicine and pregnancy-related issues by attending seminars in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre.

We also give you the opportunity to contribute to public domain research output. Most of our students do so either during or after the course, with output including conference presentations (national and international conferences), published abstracts, published papers (first or co-authored papers), and awards such as RCOG oral presentation and essay prizes and travel grants.

You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of clinically relevant reproduction and pregnancy research from bench to bedside, as well as advanced research skills and experience of running your own research project.

You will also have a strong understanding of the ethical issues and social implications of research in reproduction and pregnancy and a strong CV for your future research or medical career.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 in all components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

We must approve this before you apply for the English course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A £2,500 bursary toward tuition fee costs from Octavia's Trust is available for an MRes student undertaking stillbirth research. This is open to students of all academic backgrounds. The successful candidate will be selected based on their interview performance and personal statement.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 275 5220