Taught course

Clinical Embryology and In Vitro Fertilisation

University of Dundee · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

A UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1) degree, OR a UK Medical degree, OR an equivalent degree (full details of alternative degrees available from the University of Dundee website). Your degree should be in medicine, biological science, biochemical science, biomedical science, physical science, midwifery, nursing, chemical science, or psychology.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your knowledge within the field of human clinical embryology and assisted reproduction conception at both a scientific and clinical level.

Infertility is a global issue, with approximately one in seven couples of reproductive age, around 80 million people worldwide, having difficulties to conceive. Therefore, there is an increasing worldwide demand for assisted reproductive technology (ART) and growing opportunities for careers in this field.

This course provides you with the wide-ranging education required to run a successful ART service, including training in basic science, embryology, andrology, clinical and controversial issues, and business management. You will also explore research in reproductive medicine, designing and undertaking your own research project. There will be a joint clinical and laboratory focus, having fostered a dynamic collaboration with a busy clinical ART centre at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

In recognition of the need for a more flexible online approach to learning, especially for those continuing in employment, the teaching will take place asynchronously online, maintaining our close NHS links through a combination of interactive teaching. This will give you a strong understanding of clinical procedure alongside the scientific process, and how what happens in the laboratory can affect your patient experience.

You can choose to complete the level of qualification that suits you, depending on your career goals and circumstance. Choose from a full master's degree (MSc), a postgraduate diploma (PG Dip), or a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert).

You will be taught by a mixture of experienced faculty, including scientists, clinicians, embryologists, andrologists, counsellors and business managers. Our Distinguished Speakers Series gives you access to world leaders in the field of embryology and ART as they give seminars on their area of expertise. This will give you well-rounded knowledge and skills to develop your career in ART.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Zoe Johnston