MSc Reproduction and Development

This innovative blended learning programme delivers a comprehensive study of human reproduction, pregnancy and fetal development, alongside essential skills training in laboratory research and scientific method. This programme is delivered mostly via distance learning, with a short period of time in Bristol (up to 3 weeks per year).

The programme consists of two intensive teaching workshops per year - one workshop online/distance-learning (usually in September/October) and one workshop face-to-face in Bristol (usually March). Workshops incorporate lectures, research seminars and an overview of the laboratory methodologies and clinical practices associated with this exciting specialism.

Inspiring careers

Our students are clinicians, scientists and researchers embarking on a range of careers in reproductive medicine and fetal development.

Clinicians use the programme either as an initial qualification or to develop further within this field. Scientists can use it as a springboard into non-clinical research, or clinical and diagnostic positions such as clinical embryologist.

The programme equips international students for a range of challenging settings in reproductive medicine around the globe.

Did you know?

  • You can study this programme full-time or part-time.
  • Students must attend all of the online workshop sessions (two or three weeks in September/October, depending on whether full or part-time). There is no requirement to be in Bristol for the first workshop.
  • Our students are also required to spend a minimum of one to three weeks in Bristol per year, for the March workshop depending on study mode. Some students choose to stay in Bristol for longer.
  • You will study the physiological basis of gamete formation, fertilisation, implantation and pregnancy, and their endocrine control as well as the clinical management of infertility, assisted conception technologies and the diagnosis and management of common fetal abnormalities.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around six taught units and a research project, the outlines below show the part and full-time structures, please refer to the taught unit information where the outlines indicate RED01, RED04 etc.

The fact that this programme is delivered mainly on a distance-learning basis meant that I was able to continue my full-time role as a doctor back home in India.

Tanya Rohatgi, MSc Reproduction and Development

This programme provides a comprehensive overview of the journey of an infertile couple from diagnosis and investigation all the way to tertiary level assisted conception treatment such as IVF and ICSI.

Mrs Uma Gordon, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery and Consultant Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol


For general queries please contact:

Dr Gemma Ford, Programme Director,

Dr Sally Dowling, Co-Programme Director,

Workshop Structure - Part-time

Workshop Structure - Full-time

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