St. George’s, University of London

Study this pioneering degree to carry out research that improves fertility and helps identify, treat or manage birth defects.

Reproduction is a fascinating process, but it doesn’t always go to plan. Many couples struggle to conceive. Some experience miscarriage. And, according to NHS statistics, one in 47 babies are born with a congenital anomaly – anything from cleft palate or limb defect to heart conditions or spina bifida.

This course is for you if you want to carry out research that improves fertility and helps identify, treat or manage birth defects. Joining us, you’ll study the interplay between genes and physiology and the complications that can arise.

Kickstart your research career

Research and innovation are in our DNA. Edward Jenner, the ‘father of vaccinology’ who created the world’s first vaccine (against smallpox), completed his medical training at St George’s in 1770. More recently, our research has helped accelerate the treatment of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and Covid-19.

You’ll meet experts improving diagnosis and counselling for unexplained infertility and creating new therapies and diagnosis for neonatal disorders. We’ll also reveal how we’re using rare disease models to understand human development and reproduction.


Biomedical scientists work at the cutting edge of research and medicine, helping to solve some of the most threatening diseases and conditions facing mankind. Your work will have the potential to improve diagnosis, genetic screening and counselling for families affected.

By the end of the course, you’ll be confident planning and managing a research project. This includes knowing how to write a research proposal​, evaluate published research​ and identify good quality research. You’ll also have advanced skills in data handling, scientific communication and using technology to support research projects.

Some of our graduates work in research-active healthcare roles, while others engage with clinical research as trial managers or laboratory scientists.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but are current medical students who have successfully completed 360 credits (or equivalent) including at least 120 credits at Level 6 (or equivalent) of their medical degree are eligible to apply.

Closing Date

Applications typically open in November and close in July. Early applications are recommended.