Taught course

Clinical Embryology (Distance Learning)

University of Leeds · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a biological or related science or equivalent qualification.

We will also consider applicants with appropriate or accredited experience within an embryological laboratory.

You should be employed in a laboratory practising clinical embryology and with an employer who supports you in allowing time for study.

You must also have access to email and the internet.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed to bolster the careers of those already working in the field our Clinical Embryology MSc is an internationally recognised qualification providing superb academic and professional development. As part of your Masters, you will undertake a significant research project proposal in your chosen area, highlighting your expertise and providing a key point of differentiation in future applications.

Delivered by distance learning and typically through short workshops in Leeds, the course allows you to remain in full-time employment while you study and connects you to an international network of professionals.

An international community

Our academic staff have 20 years of experience in helping distance-learning students achieve their goals, while also fostering a sense of community for those on the course. This means that not only will you enhance your understanding of clinical embryology, but you’ll also gain access to leading practitioners from the wider international Leeds community whose insights can help you progress.

Course highlights

The course:

  • Provides a detailed education in clinical embryology.

  • Enhances academic and professional development for clinical scientists and clinicians working in the field.

  • Offers a recognised qualification in the theory and practice of clinical embryology that clearly illustrates advanced knowledge and skills in the field

  • Offers unique networking opportunities with practitioners from around the world

  • Our innovative team was the first to offer distance-learning MSc course in clinical embryology and our experience in delivering this mode of teaching ensures you’ll have a great on-course experience

The course leader is Dr John Huntriss. Course lecturers include staff from the University of Leeds, and a variety of external speaksers have been involved with the programme including speakers from: Bourn Hall Clinic in Cambridge, Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University College London, Jessop Fertility Centre, Sheffield and the University of Sheffield.

Information for international students

Additional cost information

The fees are for the whole course including all academic costs associated with the workshops and attendance at the workshop dinner. The fees do not include the six nights’ residential accommodation to attend the workshops. (We can send you information about local hotels on request.)

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

There are no scholarships available specifically for this course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    19 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    19 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

There are three, compulsory, one week, residential workshops in the UK over the two years of the programme. In the first of these workshops you’ll take part in seminars, discussion groups, lectures and tutorials that cover Modules 1 and 2. (In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic we will assess the situation with workshops closer to the time that they run and may need to replace the workshops in Leeds with online activities). International students will/may require a short term study visa for each study week. You will complete the rest of your study from your home country and submit your assessments online.

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 0806