What’s it like to do a PhD in Reproductive Biology?
As a PhD student in Reproductive Biology, you’ll likely gain experience with a range of laboratory techniques. Depending on your project, you may work directly with patients or observe and sample organisms in the field. Therefore, you’ll also develop an excellent understanding of ethics.
Some typical research topics in Reproductive Biology include:
- Studying reproductive hormones in animals
- Developing novel drugs for contraception or to assist conception in humans
- Investigating the response of natural pollinators to environmental changes
- Researching a specific condition such as polycystic ovaries
- Study the formation of the placenta in healthy or diseased cases
In a standard workday, you’ll be working in the laboratory, studying patients, or taking part in field work, depending on your research topic. You’ll also be writing up the results of previous experiments, analysing data and discussing your current work and plans with your supervisor.
Your PhD will end with you writing a thesis of roughly 60,000 words and a viva exam, in which you’ll defend your thesis.
Almost all Reproductive Biology projects have a research proposal attached outlining the work, which is written by the supervisor. Many of these projects come fully-funded, though some request you self-fund, which can be tricky since you must pay both PhD and bench fees.
Funding challenge also makes proposing your own research in Reproductive Biology uncommon, as well as the difficulty of finding a supervisor with research interests that overlap with your project, who also has adequate equipment.