Research course

Maternal and Fetal Health

University of Nottingham · School of Human Development

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) at an undergraduate level and a minimum of a merit (or international equivalent) at masters level.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Nottinghams Schools of Molecular Medical Sciences and Clinical Sciences (Division of Human Development) are the leads in the multi-centre Genetics of Pre-Eclampsia (GOPEC) study. Although the first phase is complete, trans-national genetic collaborations are developing from the study, and we plan to follow up the babies as they reach school age. We are also currently undertaking other long-term collaborative (Universities of Leicester, Newcastle on Tyne and Bern, Switzerland) follow-up studies of mothers and babies who have been exposed to pre-eclampsia. We collaborate with the Schools of Molecular Medical Sciences and Biosciences in studies of seleniaum-containing antioxidant proteins in healthy and hypertensive pregnancy. The genetics biochemistry and function of the renin-angiotensin system in normal and pathological (pre-eclamptic) pregnancy is another major interest of our group in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. These studies are complemented by studies of myometrial physiology and pathology. A further collaboration is with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, relating to the validation and use of a new, very small and portable, fetal heart rate monitor and the derivation of physiologically-relevant information from the fetal electrocardiogram.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element). The School welcomes applications from self-funded/sponsored International students. The International Office offers a range of scholarship opportunities, and a small number of Weston Scholarships are also available each year.

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Medical School web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Professor F Broughton Pipkin
+44 (0)115 823 1892