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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Women's Health

Course type


Course Summary

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.


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.

Different course options

Full time | University of Liverpool | 2 years | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.