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Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology, PG Dip

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
PG DipFull-time9 monthsSeptemberGBP 9333 per totalGBP 18666 per total

About Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology, PG Dip - at University of Leeds

This vocational training programme 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 programme 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 and biopsy and will interact with established, clinical embryologists and reproductive medicine specialists.

You will be part of a world-renowned School, being taught by and working with Internationally recognised scholars.

More information

The programme has been developed by the Division of Reproduction and Early Development within the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics, in association with the clinicians and embryologists working at Leeds Fertility in the Leeds NHS Trust. The programme 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:
    • the cell and molecular biology of human reproduction, fertility, andrology and embryology
    • the 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 programme also gives you valuable insights into the theory underpinning clinical treatments and the ethical and legal controversies surrounding assisted reproduction in humans.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology 45 credits
    • IVF and Embryo Culture 35 credits
    • Micromanipulation 15 credits
    • Cryobiology and Cryopreservation 15 credits
    • Ethics and Law for Embryologists 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology PGDip in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach, which combines lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive group discussions, presentations and problem-based-learning sessions or case studies, with 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

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in an appropriate biological, biomedical or veterinary science subject, medicine or healthcare sciences, or equivalent qualification.

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine Admissions Team.

    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

    • Apply

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    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    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.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: £9,333 (total)

    International: £18,666 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    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.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Related courses

    Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology MSc

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject.

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component

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