Women's Health PhD / MPhil / MD

Women and Children’s Health research in Liverpool has an international reputation for excellence. The Department of Women’s and Children’s Health incorporates obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology and medical and surgical paediatrics.

Why study with us?

Being a PhD student in Women's Health at the Institute of Translational Medicine is so stimulating, I love it. I have interacted with different groups from lab experts to bioinformaticians, and all focused around the important clinical problem of preterm birth.

Angharad Care - Women's Health PhD student
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    4* and 3* in Clinical Medicine research environment REF (2014).

  • 309

    academic members of staff.

  • 359

    registered postgraduate research students.


The Department of Women’s and Children’s Health is internationally renowned for its research covering obstetrics, gynaecology, neonatology, and medical and surgical paediatrics.

The Department offers some of the most extensive facilities for research in this area in Europe, providing excellent bases for patient-orientated translational and clinical research.

Our main research facilities are integrated with two of the largest specialist Women’s and Children’ hospitals in Europe – Centre for Women’s Health research within the Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Institute in the Park within the Alder Hey Hospital.

The Centre for Women’s Health Research is jointly funded by University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust and houses the following:

Harris Wellbeing Preterm Birth Centre

  • This Wellbeing of Women funded centre pioneers vital research into premature birth, focusing particularly on the development of personalised treatments for pregnant women at risk of preterm birth.

Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

  • This is one of the most productive Cochrane review groups with enormous impact globally on clinical practice in obstetrics and midwifery.

The Sanyu Research Unit

  • Set up in 2011, this unit promotes improvements in maternal and child health in low resource settings through high impact, inter-disciplinary research. The unit helps generate sustainable improvements through the development of appropriate technologies for clinical care with on-going projects funded by WHO, MRC, DFID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Research themes

Our research themes in Women’s Health are:

  • Translational perinatal medicine
  • Clinical trials and research synthesis in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Endometrial stem cell research.


The Centre for Women’s Health Research is a research facility jointly funded by University of Liverpool and Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and opened by Dame Sally Davies in 2014. The Centre includes bespoke laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art accommodation and equipment. It provides an environment to develop, attract and sustain staff and collaborators and provide an important international focus for further growth in the following key research domains: clinical trials and research synthesis in global maternal health, endometriosis; perinatal and neonatal personalised medicine, smooth muscle physiology.

Research groups

  • Translational perinatal medicine
  • Clinical trials and research synthesis in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Endometrial stem cell research

Study options and fees

MPhil / PhD / MD Duration UK students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,500* (2021) £24,250* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,450* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
Part time 4-6 years £2,250* (2021) £12,125* (lab based programmes)
£9,225* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)

* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

Applicants for postgraduate research study at Liverpool are normally expected to hold a UK first degree with a First Class or Upper Second Class degree classification, or a Second Class degree plus a Master’s degree. Equivalent international qualifications are also accepted, and their equivalence will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) as well as internal guidance based on our experience of a qualification’s suitability as a preparation for our programmes.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

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