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Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Embryology

University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Embryology

MSc in Clinical Embryology, University of Oxford, UK.

A one-year residential course in human reproduction and ART.

Clinical embryology is a relatively young branch of science that has undergone enormous expansion over recent years as infertility treatment has developed. In line with increasing demand for appropriately trained personnel, this one year, residential, taught MSc was designed to provide graduate students, scientists and clinicians with highly advanced theoretical and practical understanding of human reproductive biology, embryology, infertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART). Administered by the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health, our MSc fully prepares students for employment within the clinical embryology/ART sector. Our intention is to inspire, motivate and train a network of future leaders in clinical embryology throughout the world. Additionally, students benefit from intensive training in a range of essential laboratory skills highly suitable for a research career in reproductive science. The course commenced in autumn 2008 and is located on the Oxford Business Park alongside Oxford Fertility.

The course runs over a period of one year, from October to September, incorporating the three University of Oxford terms: Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. 

Fundamental reproductive science and laboratory methods/practical skills are taught in the first term (Michaelmas) over five discrete Modules.  Applied and clinical aspects are delivered in the second term (Hilary) over a further set of five Modules. Each Module is delivered over a period of one to three weeks and together, the ten Modules comprise the 'core content' of the course. The third term (Trinity) is extended to allow sufficient time for a high quality laboratory research project.

We place significant emphasis on the acquisition of practical laboratory skills. Students will receive individual training on micromanipulation equipment and benefit from observing clinical procedures on human gametes and embryos taking place in Oxford Fertility IVF laboratories. Our students also attend professional development seminars covering a wide range of topics including medical ethics, business and management skills, communication and presentation skills, intellectual property and experimental design.

Application Deadline: 

We are open for applications for the MSc in Clinical Embryology course starting in October 2024. The deadline for applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) Friday 1st December 2023. 

Virtual Open Events: 

We holding two Virtual Open Events for prospective students to find out more about our MSc in Clinical Embryology course and studying at Oxford. 

The Virtual Open Events will take place on Tuesday 31st October 2023 at 14:00 (UK time) and Monday 13th November 2023 at 10:00 (UK time).

The events are an opportunity to find out more our course, student life, admissions, career support & to meet the course staff. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

To register for one of the events, please email [email protected]

For further information on entry requirements & for details of how to apply for the course please refer to the University's Graduate Admissions webpage: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-clinical-embryology 

Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent for non-UK students) in a clinical or scientific subject related to the field of clinical embryology.

Course website:

Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health,
University of Oxford
University of Oxford, Institute of Reproductive Sciences, Oxford Business Park North
Oxford Oxfordshire
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1865 618902
Fax:+44 1865 769141
E-mail: Contact Course Coordinator
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