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PhD in Reproductive Biology

A PhD in Reproductive Biology would provide you with the time and resources to conduct a three to four-year research project into an area of reproduction. These projects could involve the study of pollinators, researching reproductive organ conditions such as the endometriosis or developing drugs to for contraception. Regardless, your work will contribute to the current understanding of Reproductive Biology.

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.

Entry requiements

The entry requirements for most Reproductive Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency. 

PhD in Reproductive Biology funding options 

The research council responsible for funding Reproductive Biology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Reproductive Biology PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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The evolution of mating systems and parental care: phylogenetic analyses

Mating systems and parental care are some of the most variable social traits. The project uses vertebrate diversity to understand the evolution of breeding system variation in fishes, amphibians, reptiles birds and mammals. Read more

Redefining the use of steroids in endometriosis: key mechanisms and new solutions

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that affects an estimated 190 million women of reproductive-age worldwide [1]. In endometriosis, cells similar to the lining of the uterus typically form lesions around the bowel, ovaries and bladder, causing chronic inflammation and scarring. Read more

Utilising small molecule NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors to treat placental inflammation observed in chronic histiocytic intervillositis, fetal growth restriction and stillbirth

There is increasing evidence that sterile placental inflammation is an underlying cause of placental dysfunction, and contributes to the pathology of chronic histiocytic intervillositis (CHI), villitis of unknown etiology (VUE), fetal growth restriction (FGR) and stillbirth [1-3]. Read more

Heads and Tails - Tracking the sperm's beating flagellum

Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, is emotionally devastating, and requires expensive and invasive treatments. Importantly, we place a significant and unequal burden on women, who often require risk-bearing procedures to address what is caused by, in 50% of cases, a male factor. Read more

Sperm have got the bends - elastohydrodynamic modelling of beat generation

Infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, is emotionally devastating, and requires expensive and invasive treatments. Importantly, we place a significant and unequal burden on women, who often require risk-bearing procedures to address what is caused by, in 50% of cases, a male factor. Read more

Characterising male reproductive tissues for the development of accurate preclinical models

Project. This project is seeking to recruit a PhD candidate to work as part of an ERC Starting Grant funded project (alongside two postdoctoral researchers and three other PhD candidates). Read more

Modelling scar formation in endometriosis

This opportunity will remain open until the position has been filled and so early applications are encouraged. Endometriosis affects 10-15% of women during their reproductive years and is often associated with debilitating pelvic pain and impaired fertility. Read more

Deciphering disease mechanisms underlying hypertensive pregnancy

Project outline. The incidence of cardiovascular disease amongst women of child-bearing age is increasing. Consequently there is a greater prevalence of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, in particular pre-eclampsia (PE), which is a leading cause of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality. Read more

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