Research course

Reproductive Biology

University of Nottingham · School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Entry requirements

2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may also be considered;

Months of entry


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.

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 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element) for clinical projects and 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) for science projects. The International Office offers a range of 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 School of Veterinary Medicine and Science 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


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 6472