Reproductive Biology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits

Course Director
Dr Mark Sullivan

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
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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 Reproductive and Developmental Biology programme is available as:

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

As an MSc student, undertake a laboratory research project 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.


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 PGCert (Postgraduate Certificate) 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.


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


Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Developments
  • Genesis
  • Research Project

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
  • Supervisor meetings (research project)


  • Essays
  • Presentations

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)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

ATAS certificate

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

How to apply

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)
  • MSc

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.

Application process

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.

Further information

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students


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