MSc Reproduction and Development

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Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
Two years part-time
(Both options are offered as distance learning only)
Part-time study available Yes
Students will be expected to attend Bristol-based workshops twice a year, in mid-September-October and March, for a period of no more than two-and-a-half weeks per workshop for the duration of the programme.
Open to international students Yes

A Tier 4 student visa cannot be issued for this programme. Our International Student Advice Team can provide information and guidance on whether you are required to obtain a visa to study with us.

Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This innovative distance-learning programme provides a comprehensive theoretical foundation in the areas of human reproduction and development. The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of postgraduate students, including scientists, nurses and clinicians. Residential workshops will be held in Bristol, comprising lectures and seminars as well as case-based group work, practical sessions and assessments. Each distance-learning unit comprises online tutorials and lectures, with assessment by essays and online questions.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology

The structure, function and development of the organs of the male and female reproductive system and the role of the endocrine system in the control and maintenance of reproduction.

Gametogenesis to Implantation

The origin of gametes and gametogenesis in both the male and female; fertilisation; zygote formation; implantation.

Human Development and Pregnancy

The principles of human fetal and newborn development and growth, together with an understanding of the factors that influence normal and abnormal development of key body systems.

Statistics and Research Methods

The principles of basic statistics as applied to study design, analysis and interpretation of study results and critical evaluation of published research.

Infertility - Diagnosis and Management

The causes, prevalence and investigations of infertility to provide an understanding of the primary and secondary levels of infertility diagnosis and management, including the clinical and laboratory techniques used in the diagnosis of infertility.

Assisted Reproductive Technologies

The latest scientific and technological developments in ART to enable the understanding and application of these techniques in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients.    

Research Project

A detailed literature review in an appropriate area of study and a clinical audit, data analysis or research proposal. Students will complete a dissertation, a poster presentation and an oral examination on this project.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in either medicine, a biological or related science, nursing or midwifery. Basic computer skills including word-processing and email. Computer with internet access (preferably broadband) for the duration of the programme.

All students will need to provide evidence of Hepatitis B immunity if they wish to perform laboratory practicals. A blood test showing antibody levels to the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAb) of >10 IU/L will fulfil this requirement.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students on the programme come from a variety of countries and background; all have an interest in reproduction, infertility and development or wish to pursue careers in these areas. The vast majority of our clinician students on the Master's degree follow the programme for training purposes - for progression and promotion in their chosen discipline, or as a foundation qualification allowing them to specialise in IVF and infertility or obstetrics and gynaecology. 

Our clinical graduates use their knowledge and skills to gain research skills to aid publication, develop their medical practices and enhance their expertise in reproductive medicine. Our science graduates have used this Master's degree as a springboard into non-clinical or clinical research, including PhD studentships, or for clinical/diagnostic positions, such as clinical embryology.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676 Email:

Dr Gemma Ford Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 3151 Email:

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