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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology

Programme code:MSC-CEMB/ARTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Helen Picton Contact

The programme would be delivered part time over two years.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Degree: A 2(ii) degree or equivalent (as appropriate) in an appropriate biological-, biomedical- or veterinary- science subject, medicine or healthcare science. Students who have successfully completed the first 3 years of MBChB, or related programme may also be permitted to intercalate onto this programme subject to permission from the IPSC.

English language requirements: TOEFL tests of 92 (iBT - internet based test) with at least 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking.
IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

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

Reproduction & Early Development/LIGHT/School of Medicine

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Medicine Programmes Examinations Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The QAA guidance for the conferment of a Masters degree are as follows:
- Systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights into clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology , much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice.
- Comprehensive understanding of techniques relevant to clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology and applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
- Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline of clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology.

Typically, holders of the Masters qualification will be able to:
- Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
- Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

Masters graduates will also have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
- The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
- Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
- The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
- Skills in conducting and writing up a piece of original research.

Programme specification:

The programme is designed to appeal to recent, graduates and other health professionals in biomedical sciences (and medicine) seeking career advancement in biomedical science, reproduction research or clinical embryology. It will also appeal to recently qualified (or possibly intercalating) medical students and to other health professionals who want an alternative to the normal route for progression in their chosen specialty by undertaking advanced study relevant to reproductive medicine which includes a strong research element. The programme will enhance the students’ depth of knowledge and understanding of: the fundamental scientific theory of cell and molecular biology in relation to human reproduction, fertility, andrology and embryology; the practices and genetic and epigenetic concepts and consequences of micromanipulation techniques and genetic screening eg through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and screening; advances in cryobiology and its application to gamete, embryo and fertility preservation; as well as the ethical and legal issues related to clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology in humans. The programme places a strong emphasis on the acquisition of laboratory-based practical skills such that students will be trained in standard research methods and will receive tuition in the specialist laboratory techniques associated with the practices of clinical embryology and the new and emerging technologies of assisted reproduction that are used to treat human infertility. The mixture of formal lectures, research led teaching, tutorials, interactive learning from the extensive array of on line resources, combined with problem based learning via case studies and the hand-on practical elements of the programme will provide students with a unique opportunity to integrate the many and varied subject areas which are fast advancing within and around the field of assisted human reproduction. In addition the programme will provide students with:
(i) The opportunity to engage with the ethical issues of the discipline and to demonstrate how, more generally, to behave responsibly (professionally), and be ethically aware, self-aware and to make informed decisions.
(ii) Global and cultural insights and enable students to acknowledge and appreciate diversity and to engage with social, political, economic, legal, environmental, and technological perspectives.
(iii) An awareness of – and experience with the technical skills they need to be employable in the fields of clinical embryology, reproductive medicine and reproductive science. This will be achieved by provision of evidence of demonstrable transferable generic skills, specialist laboratory technical skills as well as academic achievement and in so doing, graduating students will be able to develop and demonstrate the attributes that will make them employable.

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

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

REPR5160MResearch in Reproduction, Embryology & Assisted Reproduction Technology
Co-requisite for: REPR5210M, REPR5220M, REPR5230M, REPR5240M, REPR5250M
60 credits1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth)
REPR5210MFundamentals of Clinical Embryology
Pre-requisite for: REPR5230M, REPR5240M, REPR5250M, REPR5160M
Co-requisite for: REPR5220M
45 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan, 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth)
REPR5220MIVF and Embryo Culture
Pre-requisite for: REPR5230M, REPR5240M, REPR5250M, REPR5160M
Co-requisite for: REPR5210M
35 credits1 Sep to 28 Feb, 1 Mar to 31 May (15mth)
Co-requisite for: REPR5240M, REPR5250M, REPR5160M
15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jul, 1 Jan to 31 May
REPR5240MCryobiology and Cryopreservation
Co-requisite for: REPR5230M, REPR5250M & REPR5160M
15 credits1 Jan to 31 May, 1 Sep to 31 Jul
REPR5250MEthics and Law for Embryologists
Co-requisite for: REPR5230M, REPR5240M & REPR5160M
10 credits1 Nov to 31 Mar, 1 Mar to 31 May

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:35:06


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