Date of entry

August 2024


You will be taught asynchronously online through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • discussion groups
  • journal clubs
  • laboratory sessions
  • case presentations
  • self-directed study

A variety of approaches to teaching will be used to ensure optimal engagement with learning e.g.

  • case discussions (with patient videos)
  • journal clubs (with discussion boards)
  • following a patient/couple through an ART treatment cycle (using a telerobot)
  • following an embryologist in clinical ACU lab (using a series of videos)
  • laboratory sessions (with videos from ACU and teaching lab, showing a variety of techniques used, including preparation of semen, handle and vitrification of gametes, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo biopsy. This will include microscopic views of procedures performed on gametes and embryos.

There will be weekly discussion boards and optional drop-in sessions with tutors. In year 3, research supervisors will organise meetings with you, at a mutually convenient time at least once per month.

You will be allocated an academic mentor from the staff teaching on this course, who you will meet at the start of the course, and regularly through-out the course.


You will be assessed through a mix of:

  • short essay examinations
  • scientific essay
  • statistics exam
  • lab reports / books
  • business plan
  • clinical case presentation
  • thesis
  • poster presentation

Formative activities will be included throughout each module to give you feedback on your progress. The summative assessments for each module will focus on your abilities to apply the concepts and principles introduced in the module to your day-to-day or future work at your own workplace. Most assignments will be submitted asynchronously online, except for case and poster presentations which will be presented synchronously online. Dates and times will be provided at the start of each academic year with two options to suit different time zones.


To exit with a PG Certificate you are required to pass 60 credits (three modules), with a PG Diploma an additional 60 credits (a further three modules) and for a Masters an additional 60 credits (Research Project module). 

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: GM50030 Credits: 20 Semester: Runs across both semesters

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is the treatment of infertility by manipulating egg, sperm, and embryos. ART techniques and consequent successful treatment require an in-depth scientific understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues involved in ART.

This module covers the fundamental sciences relevant to ART and clinical embryology.

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