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Reproductive Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 40 Reproductive Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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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Climate change and perinatal health: combining epidemiological data with climate projection models

Rationale. Climate change will affect human health through changes to heat stress, sanitation, access to sufficient food and safe drinking water, disease patterns, migration, and frequency of extreme weather events. Read more
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Unravelling the effects of mitochondrial replacement therapy on mtDNA transmission

Commercial partner: Juno Genetics. Normal oocytes contain ~100,000 copies of mtDNA, which are effectively identical. Patients with mtDNA disease may harbour both mutant and normal mtDNA (heteroplasmy). Read more

Funded PhD- Advancing gender and sex equity in health research

There are health disparities within sex and gender. This project will explore the sex and gender differences in healthcare research to better understand how key areas of inequity impact on health outcomes. Read more

Reproduction in a warming world – investigating climate change and fertility in important insects

The problem. We are starting to see the devastating impacts of climate change, including accelerating biodiversity loss. However, most biological predictions of how climate change will impact species’ ranges and population persistence are based on the lethal temperatures. Read more

(BBSRC DTP) Understanding the contribution of dietary extracellular vesicles to healthy human development

The ability to adapt behaviour in response to nutrient availability is important for all cells but particularly so for trophoblasts, as these cells form the placenta - the interface between mother and fetus - and act as fetal sentinels of the maternal environment. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Exploring retinal biomarkers as a novel predictor of pregnancy complications including stillbirth

  Research Group: Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Background. Every 16 seconds one baby is stillborn. That amounts to more than two million stillborn babies globally every year. Stillbirths have long-lasting personal and psychological consequences for parents and families, as well as substantial costs for wider society. Read more

Neural basis of reproductive behaviour for exploitation in pest control

In many regions worldwide, insects pose a significant threat as pests. Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria and dengue fever, continue to afflict communities across the globe. Read more

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