This course is available by distance learning worldwide. Modules are delivered by post and by e-mail. The web is used for tutoring, conferencing and the delivery of information. There are three residential workshops in Leeds.
Candidates should normally be employed in a laboratory practising clinical embryology with an employer expressing support in allocation of free time for study.
2 years part-time (MSc); 16 months part-time (Postgrad. Dip.)
School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is a unitary department headed by the Dean of the School. In addition to its main responsibilities for the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education the School has a commitment to high quality research which is undertaken under the auspices of three research institutes: Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM), Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics, and the Institute of Health Sciences and Public Health Research.
What you study
To provide a high quality standard of education in human embryology and a nationally recognised qualification which will enhance knowledge in the subject and practice of embryology to allow professional and academic development of clinical embryologists in post. By the end of this program students should be able to..
* Discuss the latest developments in our understanding of the endocrinological control of human reproduction, gametogenesis, fertilisation in-vivo and early embryonic development.
* Use a wide range of routinely used laboratory techniques in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics eg. PCR, rtPCR etc.
* Have a profound knowledge of normal male and female reproductive function and the causes and management of subfertility.
* Perform tissue culture techniques - especially as related to culture.
* Establish and maintain such quality assurance procedures which are essential to the reliable operation of an IVF clinic.
* Understand the importance of assisted fertilisation techniques and carry out the techniques required to perform micromanipulation.
* Evaluate the latest developments and techniques used for cryopreservation of oocytes, spermatozoa, zygotes and cleavage stage embryos as well as the options for cryopreservation of ovarian and testicular biopsies.
* Assess the HFEA act and code of practice in relation to their duties as embryologists IVF systems and embryoand discuss the wider ethical issues of infertility treatments.
* Show adequate skills in report writing, oral and visual presentations as well as constructive and critical discussion and comparison of topics and techniques.
submit a dissertation on a research project carried out within the field of ART.
How you study
Module 1: Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology
Module 2: IVF and Embryo Culture
Module 3: Micromanipulation
Module 4: Cryobiology and Cryopreservation
Module 5: Ethics and Law for Embryologists
Module 6: Research Project in Clinical Embryology