Research course

Women's Health

UCL - University College London · Institute for Women's Health

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline, or a registerable qualification appropriate to the programme to be followed in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Studies, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard to these; or a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research covers the life course of women from childhood to puberty, motherhood to menopause, and maturity to old age, with the objective of making a difference to the health of women in the UK and internationally. Research may be pursued across the fields of maternal and foetal medicine, neonatology, reproductive health and women’s cancer.

The Institute houses the UK’s largest group of academics working in Women’s Health, bringing together the expertise of clinicians and researchers. We offer excellent basic science facilities, opportunities to work in cutting-edge clinical and translational research, and expertise in study methodology. The Institute’s research environment is not only enriched by the UCL/UCLH collaboration at its core, but also by the multidisciplinary work pursued with colleagues across UCL in areas including child health, epidemiology and health care, global health, psychology, and medical physics and biomedical engineering. Our work is further underpinned by a cross-cutting strategy to strengthen and develop programmes of research and education that are of benefit to health care professionals and the women, mothers and new-borns they care for around the globe.

Department specialisms

Early placental development and pregnancy failure Epigenetics and development Fetal medicine and fetal therapy Prenatal, fetal, neonatal, and adult gene transfer for disease modelling Oocyte growth and maturation Preimplantation development, genetics, and diagnosis Perinatal and neonatal brain protection Prenatal screening and diagnosis Preterm birth and its prevention Proteomic studies Reproductive endocrinology Sexual health and development Women’s cancer biology and risk prediction

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

The Jean Ginsburg Scholarship for current students at the Institute for Women’s Health, is based on financial need and was founded in memory of Dr Jean Ginsburg who was on of the first women to graduate from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London. Students wishing to apply for this scholarship must contact their Head of Department.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Dr Angela Poulter
+44 (0)20 7679 6050