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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Clinical Embryology (Distance Learning)

Programme code:MSC-CLIN/EMBUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Prof Helen Picton Contact address:H.M.Picton@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- An honours degree in appropriate biological sciences or Medicine.
- Applicants with accredited prior work experience within embryological laboratory will also be considered.
- For non-english speakers we require an IELTS score of overall 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all components) or an overall score of 92 in TOEFL (with 21 in listening & reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Medicine

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Medicine Postgraduate Programmes Examinations Board

Programme specification:

The programme will provide a high quality standard of education in human embryology. The programme builds on the specific and generic outcomes of degree programmes in a wide range of specialisms (Medicine, Biological Sciences etc) and offers advanced learning in the subject of Clinical Embryology.
Students will gain a nationally recognised qualification that will enhance knowledge in the subject of embryology and help to establish good practice in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs). It will enhance professional and academic development of clinical embryologists while allowing them to remain in post. The programme of study will enhance the students' depth of knowledge and understanding of topics and issues within and related to clinical embryology.
The ethical dilemmas posed by assisted reproductive technologies and the rapid advances in the technologies available will be covered. The students will gain a wide breadth of knowledge that will give them confidence in their subject and allow skills to be transferred to the workplace.
The course is to be delivered via distance learning both by post and by electronic mail. This will allow the students to take the course while in full time employment. Full use will be made of the Internet for delivery of teaching materials, tutoring and conferencing. Three residential workshops over 2 years will allow the students to meet staff as well as their fellow students, delivery of lectures by invited lecturers, participation in practical sessions, seminars and discussion groups.
Formal examinations will also be taken during the residential workshops. The students will be encouraged to maintain contact with tutors and their fellow students throughout the duration of the course. All students will carry out a research project to be submitted as a dissertation and which must be passed for the MSc to be awarded.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

REPR5210MFundamentals of Clinical Embryology45 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept, 1 Sept to 31 Dec
REPR5220MIVF and Embryo Culture35 credits1 Oct to 30 Apr, 1 Sept to 28 Feb


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

REPR5230MMicromanipulation15 credits1 Jan to 28 Feb, 1 July to 31 July, 1 July to 30 Apr
REPR5240MCryobiology and Cryopreservation15 credits1 Feb to 31 Mar, 1 Sept to 30 Sept
REPR5250MEthics and Law for Embryologists10 credits1 Oct to 30 Jun, 1 Mar to 31 May
REPR5260MResearch Project in Clinical Embryology60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Last updated: 09/05/2018

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