Obstetrics and Gynaecology PhD/MD/MSc by Research

The Department has a comprehensive research, teaching and clinical portfolio. The academic staff have an excellent balance of expertise in basic and clinical research with sub-specialist interests.

Clinical Gynaecology (Lead: Professor Janesh Gupta) includes basic science research into the pathophysiology of abnormal uterine bleeding, causes and treatment of pelvic pain and endometriosis.

There is a major focus on systematic reviews and trials (Lead: Dr Arri Coomarasamy) in several key areas of obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. This group is also badged as the WHO Perinatal Trials Unit.

The area of subfertility and reproductive medicine (Leads: Dr Sarah Connor and Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown) is underpinned by work investigating causes of subfertility, including male gamete production and differentiation, tubular gamete interaction and oocyte production and differentiation.

There are cross-college collaborations with Biosciences as well as the stem cell group within the College. There is also basic science and clinical research into the causes of recurrent pregnancy loss

There is a major research interest in fetal medicine and development (Lead: Professor Mark Kilby) including fetal endocrinology, steroid hormone action on the fetus and placenta, modulation of the maternal immune system, fetal microchimerism and clinical fetal medicine.

Fees and funding

Standardfees apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable
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Scholarships and studentships
A number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors including the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, as well as national and local charities. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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Entry requirements

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International students
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Standard English language requirements apply

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Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. You can view the research interests of our staff, and search for an opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine.


Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

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