Course Objectives

The programme will provide a depth of knowledge and understanding of topics and issues within and related to clinical embryology. It will enable students to attain a nationally recognised qualification and enhance their professional and academic development while remaining in post. By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the endocrinological control of human reproduction, gametogenesis, fertilisation and early embryonic development and the causes and management of infertility.
  • Use a wide range of laboratory techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics and perform tissue culture, especially as related to IVF systems and embryo culture.
  • Carry out assisted fertilisation techniques including micromanipulation and establish and maintain quality assurance procedures, which are essential to the reliable operation of an IVF clinic.
  • Evaluate the latest developments in cryopreservation of oocytes, spermatozoa, zygotes and cleavage stage embryos as well as ovarian and testicular biopsies.
  • Assess the HFEA act and code of practice and discuss the wider ethical issues of infertility treatments.
  • Submit a dissertation on a research project proposal carried out within the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology (for Masters level).