University of Leeds

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology (Taught)

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Course summary

The MSc in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology (CEART) is a full-time, specialised, vocational course. It offers students a unique opportunity the chance to study and prepare for a rewarding career in a dynamic field that carries has the potential to transform lives. The programme is designed to appeal to recent graduates in biology, biomedical science, biochemistry, and medical or nursing disciplines. If you who aspire to make a significant impact in clinical embryology, andrology and or assisted reproduction technology, this course is an ideal choice. The programme covers:

  • the theory of human reproduction and infertility
  • clinical andrology
  • clinical embryology
  • laboratory management
  • ethics and law
  • micromanipulation
  • fertility cryopreservation
It has a strong laboratory focus which will expose you to the specialist laboratory techniques used in reproductive research and in human and animal embryology, andrology and assisted reproductive technology (ART). The course culminates with the development of a unique capstone research project portfolio. This that integrates your theoretical understanding with your research and laboratory training, through the conduct of an original research proposal. You will learn from tutors with over 20 years of experience in training clinical embryologists and reproductive scientists. You will interact with established clinical embryology practitioners and IVF specialists, ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. Whether you envision a future in research, public sector work, or its commercial application, this programme will provide you with a superb springboard to develop knowledge of your chosen field. It will allow you, to progress your career prospects and to demonstrate your value to prospective employers in the field of clinical embryology, reproductive technology and reproductive science. Practical mastery and applied learning One of the flagship elements of our CEART programme is its strong emphasis on hands-on, laboratory-based learning experiences. Our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facilities provide an unparalleled setting for students to apply theoretical concepts in a practical context. These opportunities not only help solidify foundational knowledge, but also offer invaluable exposure to- –  and experience of –- the methodologies and technologies currently shaping the field of reproductive science and assisted conception treatments. Whether it is honing techniques used in IVF, ICSI, gamete handling or cryopreservation, students are able to acquire and refine the practical skills that are directly applicable in a professional setting. This unique blend of theory and practice sets our programme apart and ensures our graduates are well-prepared for their future career in reproductive science, clinical embryology, clinical andrology and assisted reproduction technology. State-of-the-art laboratories Our teaching laboratories are equipped with the latest technologies and instruments necessary for studying reproductive sciences and ARTs. These labs are the venues for extensive practical training sessions, where you will apply your theoretical knowledge. You will gain hands-on experience of an extensive range of assisted reproduction technologies, including:
  • oocyte recovery, maturation and denudation
  • sperm preparation and counting
  • IVF
  • intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • embryo culture and grading
  • gamete and embryo cryopreservation
  • research methods such as microscopy, cDNA library preparation, and real time PCR.


Through a series of compulsory modules, you’ll learn about: -cell and molecular biology of human reproduction, fertility, andrology and embryology 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 course also gives you valuable insights into the theory underpinning clinical treatments and the ethical and legal controversies surrounding assisted reproduction in humans.

Assessment method

Course assessments will include essays, presentations, projects, practical log books, a research dissertation and examinations.

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. Your experience in laboratory related settings will be considered but you do not have to demonstrate any set number of hours or competency. 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.

Fees and funding

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Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology at University of Leeds - UCAS