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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 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.


The 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.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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