PG Cert Reproductive and Developmental Biology
Duration: 6 months full-time
Start date: October 2017
ECTS: 33.75 credits
Dr Mark Sullivan
You 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 Reproductive and Developmental Biology programme is available as:
- 5-month full-time PG Certificate (PG Cert)
- a full Master's degree (MSc) (12 months full-time)
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 in the how to apply section.
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.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
- 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.
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
- Development and stem cell biology
Teaching and assessment
- Group discussions
- Practical workshops
- Site visits
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.
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 (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
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 £10,000 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.
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.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
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.
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.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.
How to apply
Choosing your course
This course is divided into two progressional levels of study:
- PG Certificate (PG Cert)
Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either level in the first instance.
Depending on the level of study you choose, you may complete more than one qualification simultaneously. For example:
- If you enter at the PG Cert level, as this is the first level of study, you can choose to exit the course at the completion of your studies with only this qualification.
- If you enter at MSc level, you will complete the PG Cert as part of your studies though will graduate with one award (MSc).
If you have already graduated from one level of study for this course and re-enter the next level of study following a break, you will not have to repeat studies relating to the qualification that you have already gained e.g. if you have a PG Cert, you would not complete it again as part of studying for the same MSc.
All applicants must apply online.
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.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.