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Reproduction and Pregnancy (MRes)

Our research-focused course explores the causes, diagnosis and treatments of disease in pregnancy.

Reproduction and Pregnancy MRes Overview

Year of entry: 2016

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Course overview

Fertility and pregnancy problems are still very common in both the UK and the rest of the world.

Our MRes in Reproduction and Pregnancy (formerly known as Maternal and Fetal Health) is a unique course designed to equip you with the skills to pursue a research career in pregnancy or related disciplines to help solve these problems.

You will have the opportunity to take part in research work at Europe’s largest pregnancy research centre - the Manchester Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre (MFHRC) – at an early stage in your career.

You will also be able to contribute to public-domain research output and conduct an in-depth analysis of a specific area of pregnancy research over six months.

This will enable you to gain hands-on experience of the latest pregnancy and research technologies.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

Intercalating students

You can apply for this MRes if you are an intercalating student.

There are also bursaries worth £2,500 each that contribute to tuition fee costs for 2015 entry for all home intercalating students.

These bursaries are awarded based on your application and interview performance.

See Intercalation for more information and guidance.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Research
1 year - full time
Entry requirements

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students (after completion of the 3rd or 4th year of medical school). Normally a BSc (1st or 2:1) or MBChB or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject.

For intercalating MBChB students, the minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in years 1-4 of the undergraduate medical programme with normally no failure at any examination, and research motivation.

Overseas students require a high class honours degree or equivalent in a biomedical subject from a high-ranking university and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Applicants with other professional (including midwifery), or research-related, experience will be considered.

This programme has both taught and research components, does not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals, and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

15 places available in 2016.

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process and quick and easy as possible we recommend you read the below guidance.

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact if you have problems.


Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself.
  • Copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English)
  • Copies of official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement. This should be a page in length:
    • why you want to undertake this course of study;
    • any relevant past experience and what you think you can bring to the course;
    • how this course fits into your future career plans;
    • any other information you think relevant to your application.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

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Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MRes in Reproduction and Pregnancy (formerly the MRes in Maternal and Fetal Health) is a 12 month Masters course providing first class training in reproductive and pregnancy research.

It is a unique course designed to train those who wish to pursue a research career in reproductive medicine or pregnancy or to work in associated areas in health or science. Students do not need any prior research experience before undertaking this course.

You will undertake two interrelated research projects on a specific topic in reproduction and pregnancy, alongside taught units providing up to date knowledge of reproduction and pregnancy and training in research skills.

The MRes in Reproduction and Pregnancy will provide you with:

  • the opportunity to conduct medical research at the clinical-scientific interface.
  • experience of running your own research project in a specific area of reproductive or pregnancy research
  • hands-on experience of cutting-edge technologies applicable to reproduction and pregnancy, and transferable to other areas of medical research
  • an understanding of the latest state of knowledge in reproductive medicine and pregnancy
  • training and experience in scientific writing and developing a research proposal
  • grounding in a wide range of reproductive medicine and pregnancy related issues by attending seminars in the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre
  • an opportunity to participate in high quality research at an early career stage and to contribute to public-domain research output

On successful completion of this course you will gain:

  • A Masters degree - the majority of our students have achieved a Distinction (58%) or Merit (35%) degree
  • In depth knowledge of clinically relevant reproduction and pregnancy research, ¿from bench to bedside¿
  • Advanced research skills and experience of running your own research project
  • Understanding of the ethical issues and social implications of research in reproduction and pregnancy
  • Strong CV for future research or medical career
  • Public Domain Output- the majority of students gain public domain output during or after their MRes:
  • Conference presentations (national and international conferences)
  • Published abstracts
  • Published papers: first or co-authored papers
  • Awards: e.g. RCOG oral presentation & essay prizes, travel grants


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

Students will have to cover the cost of printing and binding their project report and dissertation.


A £2,500 bursary toward tuition fee costs from Octavia's Trust is available for science graduates or intercalating medical students undertaking stillbirth research.