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Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology PGDip

Course content

Overview

This vocational training course is for recent biology, biomedical, biochemistry and medical graduates who want to develop a career in the field of clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology (ART) and/or the associated reproductive sciences.

It provides a detailed knowledge of the underpinning theory and practices and is a laboratory-based science degree not a clinically-based infertility treatment course.

The course emphasises all aspects of practical training for clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology.

You’ll receive hands-on training from specialist practitioners in:

  • andrology
  • gamete handling
  • IVF
  • ICSI
  • embryo culture
  • gamete and embryo freezing
  • vitrification

You'll also interact with established, clinical embryologists and reproductive medicine specialists.

The course has been developed by the Division of Reproduction and Early Development within the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics. It has also been developed in association with the clinicians and embryologists working at Leeds Fertility in the Leeds NHS Trust. The course leaders have over 20 years of experience of training clinical embryologists, reproductive medicine practitioners and reproductive scientists.

You can also study this subject at Master of Science level.

Course content

Through a series of compulsory modules you’ll learn about:

  • cell and molecular biology of human reproduction, fertility, andrology and embryology
  • management and efficient running of an ART laboratory
  • the practices, genetic and epigenetic concepts of micromanipulation and techniques, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • advances in cryobiology and its application to gamete and embryo freezing and fertility preservation.

The course also gives you valuable insights into the theory underpinning clinical treatments and the ethical and legal controversies surrounding assisted reproduction in humans.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology PGDip in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology
  • IVF and Embryo Culture
  • Micromanipulation
  • Cryobiology and Cryopreservation
  • Ethics and Law for Embryologists

Learning and teaching

The course is delivered using a blended learning approach, which combines: lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive group discussions, presentations and problem-based-learning sessions or case studies, and self-directed learning.

Theoretical training is complemented by a small number of laboratory-based practical sessions.

The course content is enhanced by extensive online resources and the provision of printed versions of all module workbooks.

Assessment

Course assessments will include essays, presentations, projects, practical log books, a research dissertation and examinations.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

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Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

The Clinical Embryology and Associated Reproductive Technology PGDip will educate graduates who want to pursue a career in human assisted reproduction (eg clinical embryology, infertility treatment) and/or research in the reproductive sciences.


Visit the Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology PGDip page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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