PhD opportunities within the Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR), De Montfort University.

The Centre for Reproduction Research (CRR) is keen to hear from individuals who may be interested in applying to undertake a social research PhD with the Centre. The CRR is a dynamic and vibrant centre of expertise dedicated to the production of scholarship on the social, cultural and political aspects of human reproduction, based at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. The Centre has a vast range of experience and expertise in social studies of reproduction and fertility, and spans a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, anthropology, bioethics and science and technology studies.

The PhD programme enables individuals to engage in a focused, detailed study of a topic or research question about which they feel passionate. It combines the autonomy of self-directed study with expert guidance from experienced, renowned scholars within the field. Through undertaking a PhD individuals can develop a range of research skills and transferable project management skills, develop expertise within their field of study and make a significant contribution to their field. A PhD facilitates new career opportunities, including within academia; and for individuals already working within the field of reproduction and fertility undertaking a PhD offers a significant professional development opportunity enabling the development of expertise in a niche area, and enhancing professional practice. PhDs can be studied full time or part time, for example while working. Employers supporting staff to undertake PhDs benefit from being engaged in research which is designed to investigate topics of relevance to the organisation, and designed to collect evidence and inform practice for the benefit of the organisation.

We have an excellent track record of supervising both full time PhD students as well as those studying part time alongside other work and demands. Training workshops and sessions are organised in a way to support those who have other commitments, for example. The Centre fosters a strong research culture including a regular seminar series, themed conferences, events and symposia, a visiting researcher scheme, and regular reading and writing groups. Further information about PhD opportunities within the CRR can be found in our Centre for Reproduction Research Brochure ( You can also find out more about us at our website and via Twitter @CRRDMU.

Interested individuals should contact in the first instance for an informal conversation and for more detailed information. Please note: De Montfort University offers 3 intake dates across the year. The application deadline for an Oct 2021 start is 2 August 2021. Annual fees start at £4,500 for full time study and £2,250 for part time study for 21/22 (fees differ for international students). For more information on entry requirements, the application process, future deadline dates and fees, visit

Centre for Reproduction Research
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
0.23 Edith Murphy
De Montfort University
W: Centre for Reproduction Research
T: (44)116 2506124 / 2078306