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The University of Edinburgh: Reproductive Health

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Clinical Sciences
Study type Research


The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH) offers PhD programmes, and a one-year full-time MSc by Research programme, which aims to introduce students to modern, up-to-date molecular and cellular biological research in the field of:

  • reproductive sciences

  • reproductive health

  • reproductive medicine

You will study in a stimulating, challenging and vibrant research atmosphere, at the interface between basic science and clinical patient care.

Research topics Topics that can be offered include using a wide range of models and in human, studying a number of important problems associated with human reproductive health and disease in:

  • testis

  • ovary

  • the uterus during the menstrual cycle and throughout pregnancy and labour

  • the fetus and neonate

  • fetal programming resulting in increased risk of chronic disease in adulthood

MSc by Research The MSc forms an ideal insight into a PhD. You will undertake some core teaching and two 20-week research projects, performed on a very wide range of research fields within the reproductive sciences.

Reputation The MRC Centre for Reproductive Health is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence in research and teaching in reproductive sciences, health and medicine.

The most recent Research Assessment Exercise rated Reproductive Biology as 5*.

Research themes The CRH has arranged its research under four themes:

  • Theme 1: Reproductive resilience, proliferation, differentiation, repair

  • Theme 2: Reproductive system cancers: aetiology, pathogenesis and therapy

  • Theme 3: Optimising lifelong health through pregnancy and perinatal interventions

  • Theme 4: Immune-endocrine interactions in reproductive health

These theme titles illustrate some of the remarkable properties that make reproductive systems such relevant and powerful models for translational studies across a wide spectrum of human diseases and pathologies in other systems.

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