Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre

Postgraduate research

We offer studentships at MPhil, MD or PhD level in research topics in reproductive tract biomedicine and associated disciplines to students from basic science or medical backgrounds. Areas include the molecular and cellular biology of implantation, fertility, placental development and stem cells as well as vascular physiology of the uterus and placenta, growth factors in reproduction, placental nutrient transfer and pelvic floor disorders.

There are interdisciplinary links to midwifery, health sciences research and psychological sciences.

The group contains internationally renowned experts in the field and is located in new state-of-the-art facilities within St Mary's Hospital, making it an ideal environment for research students.

Students are well supported during their studies by an academic supervisory team in the framework of an active graduate training programme.

The lively weekly group meetings and seminar series ensure that students are in touch with current research developments and have a chance to present their research findings to a specialised audience.

Studentships and funding

Charity, research council and university and overseas research student scholarships are the main source of funding for studentships within the group.

For further details, see: Studentships and funding

Postgraduate taught

MRes students from both Medicine and Life Sciences are welcomed for project placements. MRes programmes can be undertaken entirely within Maternal and Fetal Health to provide a themed masters' qualification.

For further MRes course information, see:

  • Reproduction and Pregnancy (MRes)
    (Formerly Maternal and Fetal Health (MRes)
    One-year full-time course providing experience and training in pregnancy-related research open to intercalating medical students and graduates with a science-based or clinical degree
  • Medical Sciences (MRes)
    For high-flying clinical students, the Medical Sciences (MRes) can be taken within an undergraduate medical degree
  • Biological Sciences (MRes)
    The programme empowers students to pursue a successful career in biological or biomedical sciences research and can provide an excellent entry route to a PhD or to industrial research [Course run by the Faculty of Life Sciences]

Postgraduate enquiries

Dr Ian Crocker(Reproduction and Pregnancy)
tel: +44(0)161 701 6973

Prof Anthony Smith (Pelvic Floor Disorders)
tel: +44(0)161 276 6570