Reproductive Biology

Helping you develop your knowledge and skills for a scientific or clinical career.

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Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration: 4 months full-time
(standalone course)

Master's degree

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration: 1 year full-time
(including PG Cert)

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: Hammersmith
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Overview

This course provides an opportunity for scientists and clinicians to specialise in reproductive and developmental biology.

You gain detailed theoretical knowledge of reproductive and developmental biology, while gaining practical skills within a vibrant research environment.

The primary focus is on the basic sciences and their application to selected clinical aspects of the subject. It provides a valuable qualification and sound training for a further career in scientific research or in assisted reproduction.

Whether you are from a scientific or clinical background, you will be provided with an in-depth knowledge of molecular and cellular aspects of reproduction and development.

Study programme

The Reproductive and Developmental Biology programme is available as:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • a full Master's degree (MSc)

This course is made up of two progressional levels above, and you can apply to either level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

As an MSc student, you undertake a laboratory research project which will provide you with vital experience of current techniques. This also helps embed the transferable skills covered throughout the course, including data analysis and scientific writing.

The main modules of the course are:

  • Gonads to gametes: the development and regulation of reproductive systems and gametogenesis.
  • Eggs to embryos: the production of mature gametes, fertilisation and the earliest stages of development. The relationship between stem cells and early development is included.
  • Bumps to babies: the processes involved in human pregnancy, as the embryo develops into the foetus.
  • In all three modules, the main complications affecting humans are considered, as well as the limits of our current understanding of these topics.

Is this programme for you?

This course is suited to those who are looking to improve your theoretical knowledge in the areas of reproductive and developmental biology, alongside gaining practical skills within a vibrant research environment.

Training in IVF technologies and techniques is not a part of this course. Past graduates have gained places on the highly competitive Scientist Training Programme that is now required for those who wish to work as embryologists within the NHS.

Careers

As a graduate in the life-sciences, this MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Biology can help you reach the next stage of your career – be that PhD posts, entry to medical school, or clinical speciality training.

With both a full-time MSc and a PG Cert on offer, you can choose the pathway most suited to you, and use the specific scientific skills and the transferable skills we give you to take the next step.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

You take the core module below.

  • Gonads to Gametes

You choose one module from below:

  • Eggs to Embryos
  • Bumps to Babies

Master's degree

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Gonads to Gametes
  • Eggs to Embryos
  • Bumps to Babies
  • Independent Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Practical workshops
  • Seminars
  • Site visits
  • Supervisor meetings (research project)

Assessment

Coursework (2 pieces per module) may include:

  • Essays
  • Critical appraisal
  • Writing up laboratory work
  • Oral presentation
  • Data handling

One examination will be linked to each module, and will include a range of question types to assess student knowledge and skills.

The research project will be assessed by the production of a poster (intermediate stage), a dissertation, and a viva.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in biological science, an MBBS medical degree or DVM veterinary degree.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £11,300 £5,650
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £5,650
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (MSc), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert is worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £34,500 £17,250
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £17,250
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (MSc), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert is worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MSc in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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