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MSc in Women's Health

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MSc in Women's Health

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Globally, the life course of women from birth to puberty, motherhood, menopause and old age, is filled with opportunities to improve health and wellbeing. This unique MSc covers the different aspects of women’s health (physical, mental, social, cultural, legal and ethical) whilst optional modules allow you to tailor your programme to your individual interests.

Degree Information

The four core modules will provide you with a broad understanding of the central themes in women's health. You can then shape your learning to reflect your career aspirations through the selection of four optional modules. These include topics such as sexual health, reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health, health psychology and health economics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma comprising eight modules is offered as well as a Postgraduate Certificate comprising four modules.

Core Modules

·        Understanding Research in Women’s Health

·        Female Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

·        Concepts and controversies in Women’s Health

·        Legal & Ethical Aspects of Women’s Health

Optional Modules

Students will be guided in their optional module choice depending on their academic/employment background and future career aspirations.

·        Anthropologies of Science, Society & Biomedicine

·        Current Research in Dementia

·        Current Research in Depression & Anxiety

·        Engaging Women in Health and Wellbeing

·        Essentials of Global Child Health

·        Fetal and Perinatal Medicine

·        Gametogenesis, Preimplantation Development and IVF

·        Health Inequalities over the Lifecourse

·        Health Related Behaviours and Cognitions

·        Individual, Social & Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology

·        Key Principles of Health Economics

·        Mental Health Services – Policy, Design & Evaluation

·        Physical and Mental Health Stress and Ageing

·        Pregnancy & Childbirth

·        Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis and New Technologies

·        Reproduction, Sex and Sexuality

·        Reproductive Health

·        Sexual Health: designing sexual and reproductive health programmes in low- and middle- income countries

Optional modules are subject to availability and timetabling

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake a clinical, laboratory, audit or library-based research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

Each module is taught and assessed differently but will most likely be delivered by lectures, tutorials and small group work, and may include some online learning. Assessment methods include: unseen exams, essays, group and individual seminars/presentations, critical reviews, clinical case studies and the dissertation.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


This degree prepares students for progression to higher research degrees or more advanced work in their particular field. It will enhance knowledge and awareness of the many issues relevant to women's health.

There is a strong focus on the development of key skills in the programme. In addition, we offer a comprehensive careers programme involving our current staff and alumni; covering job applications, CV writing, general careers in science and specific advice on careers in women's health. 


Throughout the MSc programme, you will acquire key skills through peer-led activities, such as evaluating and presenting orally on patient cases and media coverage of scientific papers.

You will learn key skills such as:

·        Evaluating and reviewing data from a variety of sources (papers, case studies, media coverage etc.).

·        Collecting, interpreting and presenting data using both written and oral methods.

·        Intellectual curiosity and an ability to critically challenge current methods of research or ideological standpoints.

·        Cross-disciplinary thinking from a multiplicity of perspectives (linking together the wide variety of optional modules).

You also have the opportunity to take part in debates and ethical discussions.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Women’s Health delivers excellence in research, clinical practice, education and training in order to make a real and sustainable difference to women's and babies' health worldwide.

The Institute's collaboration with UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) provides an academic environment in which you can pursue graduate studies taught by world-class researchers and clinicians.

Blending taught and research elements allows students from diverse backgrounds to develop the skills necessary for a career in women's health.

Visit the MSc Women's Health page on the University College London website for more details!

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Professional experience in the field of women’s health is desirable. Applicants whose qualifications vary from UCL standards may b

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Institute for Women's Health
86-96 Chenies Mews
United Kingdom

Phone: 0207 679 0835
E-mail: Contact Suzy Buckley
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