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’ll also be trained in research methods.

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

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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 the Leeds Centre of Reproductive Medicine in the Leeds NHS Trust. The programme leaders have over 20 years of experience of training clinical embryologists, reproductive medicine practitioners and reproductive scientists.

 

Overview

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’ll also be trained in research methods.

 

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 the Leeds Centre of Reproductive Medicine 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 Postgraduate Diploma 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.

 

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)
- Research in Reproduction, Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology (60 credits)

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 the original research conducted by the student and by an extensive series of laboratory-based ART practical and skills training sessions.

 

The course content is enhanced by extensive online resources and the provision of printed versions of all module workbooks, as appropriate.

 

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.

 

International qualifications

 

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.

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