Research course

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Birmingham · Division of Reproductive and Child Health
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

For Masters study: 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. For PhD study: 1st (Hons) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. For MD: please contact the School directly Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

We are a major postgraduate teaching and research centre for obstetrics and gynaecology. We have four professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, four senior lecturer posts and four clinical lecturer posts. Each part of the Division has clinical fellows, PhD and MPhil students.

The Department is recognised for sub-specialty training in Oncology, Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Urogynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, and also for training for ASTM in Obstetric Medicine and Fetal Medicine.

Clinical Gynaecology (Lead: Professor Janesh Gupta) includes basic science research into the pathophysiology of abnormal uterine bleeding, causes and treatment of pelvic pain and endometriosis.

There is a major focus on systematic reviews and trials (Lead: Dr Arri Coomarasamy) in several key areas of obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. This group is also badged as the WHO Perinatal Trials Unit.

The area of subfertility and reproductive medicine (Leads: Dr Sarah Connor and Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown) is underpinned by work investigating causes of subfertility, including male gamete production and differentiation, tubular gamete interaction and oocyte production and differentiation.

There are cross-college collaborations with Biosciences as well as the stem cell group within the College. There is also basic science and clinical research into the causes of recurrent pregnancy loss

There is a major research interest in fetal medicine and development (Lead: Professor Mark Kilby) including fetal endocrinology, steroid hormone action on the fetus and placenta, modulation of the maternal immune system, fetal microchimerism and clinical fetal medicine.

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Department specialisms

Foetal Medicine: Ultrasound, Foetal Anomaly Scanning, Invasive Foetal Procedures and Diagnostic Tests; Oncology; Human Reproduction: Contraceptive Development, Endoscopic Laser Surgery, Male Infertility

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

Please visit: number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors, as well as by national and local charities; home/EU students should contact the School directly for further information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005