Medical students walking along a hospital corridorECTS: 33.75 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 6 months full-time
Location: Hammersmith

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017.

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

The programme is also available as a full MSc.

About the course


The Reproductive and Developmental Biology programme is available as:

The aim of the PG Certificate is to provide an opportunity for scientists and clinicians to specialise in reproductive and developmental biology.
The primary focus is on the basic sciences, and their application to selected clinical aspects of the subject.
It provides a sound training for a further career in scientific research or as a foundation to the MSc course. It may also provide a more scientific perspective to anyone working within a more clinical field.


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

Core module

  • Genesis and Developments

You take one core module as part of the PG Certificate, which has approximately 145 teaching hours devoted to it.

There are further modules available to you, should you decide to continue on to the MSc.

Course content

The main topics of the course are:

  • Development of the female and male reproductive systems
  • Endocrinology – activation of the gonads and regulation of gametogenesis
  • Fertilisation and early embryo development
  • Pregnancy
  • Development and stem cell biology

Teaching and assessment


  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Practical workshops
  • Seminars
  • Site visits


  • Essays
  • Presentations

During your PG Cert, you will be expected to complete four essays of 2,500 words. The marks of the coursework assessments together contribute two-thirds to your final result.

You will undertake two three-hour written examinations (one in January and one in March), which together contribute 33% to the final result.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a bioscience topic, for example in biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, genetics, molecular biology, zoology, or in medicine or in veterinary science.

International qualifications

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

We 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 for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

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.

Health requirements

Accepted students will require vaccinations to protect against infection and to comply with the Control of Infection policies of the hospital sites where they will be studying.

It is vital that students have health clearance as there will be patient contact and work with clinical specimens throughout the course. Students will be required to bring copies of any test results to check vaccination response upon arrival to College.

Further details and a questionnaire will be sent to candidates with the offer of admission.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

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