Women's Health

MPhil / PhD / 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.

World leader in Women’s health research

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

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
  • 100%

    4* and 3* in Clinical Medicine research environment REF (2014).

  • 309

    academic members of staff.

  • 359

    registered postgraduate research students.

Research at Liverpool

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.

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.

Research interests

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.

Facilities

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

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

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.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

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

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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