Research course

Reproductive Biology

University of Nottingham · School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; or hold a 2.2 (or international equivalent) and a masters, both in a relevant subject.

We may also consider evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience. Specific projects may also require that the applicant holds a veterinary qualification.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

Reproductive biology research in the vet school encompasses a range of complimentary projects designed to investigate: fertility in dairy cows (Robinson, Lea, Kendall), environmental and nutritional influences on reproductive function across species (e.g., sheep, dogs, humans) (Lea, England, Kendall) and intra-uterine influences on postnatal wellbeing (Gardner, Lea, England, Robinson).

Ongoing mechanistic studies are focused on ovarian biology and function (Robinson, Lea, Kendall), sperm physiology and fertilisation (England Lea), embryo-uterine interactions during early pregnancy (Robinson, Lea, England), effects of environmental chemicals on gonadal development and function (Lea, Kendall, England, Gardner), fetal programming of adult disease and dysfunction (Gardner, Lea, England, Robinson).

Technologies include post-genomic gene expression analysis including epigenetics, localisation of genes and gene products, explant and primary cell culture, cellular and whole animal imaging and whole animal in-vivo physiology.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 6472