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MSc/Diploma in Clinical Embryology

Leeds, UK
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MSc/Diploma in Clinical Embryology

MSc/Diploma in Clinical Embryology - Leeds, UK

2 years/16 months Part-time Distance-Learning Programme 

The course was established in 2000, as the first web-based MSc degree course in Clinical Embryology. Over 180 students from around 40 countries have attended the course so far. There is a student entry on the 1st October of every year. 

The course aims to provide a standard for education in embryology and an internationally recognised qualification, which will contribute to uniformity of knowledge in the subject and practice of embryology. Course management committee and module teachers include Dr Helen Picton, Dr Kay Elder, Dr. David Miller, Dr John Huntriss, Mrs Jan Hogg and members of the Leeds Institute of Reproductive Medicine and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Assisted Conception Units. 

The course teaching faculty spans staff from the University of Leeds, Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Assisted Conception Units, University of Manchester, University of Southampton, University College London, and the University of Sheffield.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: Typically an honours degree in a biological or related science however, applicants with appropriate or accredited experience within an embryological laboratory will also be considered. 


Enrolled students are provided with access to use a vast array of journals that are relevant to human assisted reproduction and reproductive biology, and many other relevant areas. These are provided by the University of Leeds Library. Students are also given University email accounts and access to the University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  All students are assigned a tutor, and a second tutor is provided for the research project (Module 6).

Course Content 

The course is delivered via distance learning modules by internet, VLE, post and electronic mail. Three residential workshops will be held over 2 years. Assessment will be split between assessed course work and formal examination, with Multiple Choice Questions, Short Answer Questions, Essays, and Case Studies.

The course will comprise the following compulsory modules: 

- Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology 

- IVF and Embryo Culture

- Micromanipulation

- Cryobiology and Cryopreservation 

- Ethics and Law for Embryologists 

- Research Project Proposal in Clinical Embryology (for masters level)


Course website:

Level 7, LIGHT Labs, University of Leeds
Clarendon Way

Phone: 0044 (0)113 3438324
Fax:0113 343 8328
E-mail: Contact Chris Sykes (Mrs), Student Support Officer
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