Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology PGDip

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
9 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in an appropriate biological, biomedical or veterinary science subject, medicine or healthcare sciences, or equivalent qualification.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component
UK fees
£12,333 (Total)
International fees
£25,000 (Total)

Course overview

The university of leeds offers both a masters and postgraduate diploma for our clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology course

There have been some changes to the programme structure. Course Search was revised on 2 February 2024 to reflect these changes.

The PGDip in Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology (CEART) is a full-time specialised, vocational course. With class sizes set at 24 students per module, students can prepare for a rewarding career in a dynamic field that can transform lives.

The programme is designed to appeal to recent graduates in biology, biomedical science, biochemistry, and medical, nursing, healthcare or veterinary disciplines. If you aspire to make a significant impact in clinical embryology, andrology and 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.

You will learn from course leaders and tutors with over 20 years of experience in training clinical embryologists, and reproductive scientists. You will also 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, to progress your career prospects and to demonstrate your value to prospective employers in the field of clinical embryology, reproductive technology and reproductive science.

Course highlights

Applied learning: Our CEART PGDip programme provides a unique blend of established theory with research-led teaching that ensures you're well-prepared for your future career in reproductive science, clinical embryology, clinical andrology and assisted reproduction technology.

Interdisciplinary collaboration: The CEART PGDip programme is hosted by the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine within the School of Medicine which fosters a rich, interdisciplinary teaching and research environment. You will have the unique opportunity to work alongside and learn from world-renowned reproductive scientists, senior embryology practitioners, and reproductive medicine clinicians, drawing from their varied expertise to gain a comprehensive understanding of the field.

Groundbreaking research: Our faculty members are involved in world-leading research in areas including gamete and embryo biology, imprinting and epigenetics, the in vitro growth and maturation of oocytes, fertility preservation, and uterine and placental biology. This pioneering academic environment will help position you at the forefront of advancements in the field of reproductive science, embryology and ART.

International community: A further highlight of our programme is the international network opportunity it offers. You will connect with existing practitioners who are fellow learners worldwide, fostering an enriching exchange of ideas and perspectives and allowing mutual sharing of expertise. This global network can be instrumental in shaping your career path and broadening your understanding of international practices in clinical embryology, clinical andrology and ART.

Real-world impact: Unlike many academic courses, the work you will do on the CEART PGDip course has the potential to have a direct and profound effect on people's lives.

You will gain an unparalleled learning experience at the University of Leeds.

Specialist facilities - Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproduction Technology (CEART)

The CEART PGDip programme is delivered using an impressive suite of classroom facilities that facilitate a top-tier learning experience. Our students are also given University IT accounts and will have access to our advanced Virtual Learning Environment (MINERVA). This digital platform, designed to foster dynamic learning and communication within the programme, will serve as an essential tool throughout your academic journey.

Through MINERVA, your classroom learning will be enhanced by a variety of digital resources, including access to our library of recorded lectures. As a student on this programme, you will have complete access to the extensive resources of the University of Leeds library. This includes relevant journals in human assisted reproduction, reproductive biology and, reproductive and biomedical science , as well as e-books. All resources are accessible remotely (electronically), offering you the utmost flexibility in furthering your learning.

Student Support Services

A comprehensive range of support services is offered by the University to help and support your journey as a student at Leeds.

These state-of-the-art facilities and teaching and learning methods ensure our students have every opportunity to learn, explore, and develop the skills required to thrive in their future careers in the fields of reproductive sciences, clinical embryology, andrology and ART.

You can also study this subject at Master of Science level.

Course details

The CEART PGDip is a full-time, nine month programme that delivers an in-depth, theoretical knowledge of reproductive science, embryology and ART.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology 45
IVF and Embryo Culture 35
Micromanipulation 15
Cryobiology and Cryopreservation 15
Ethics and Law for Embryologists 10

All modules below are compulsory with full-time delivery:

Fundamentals of Clinical Embryology (45 Credits) -This module builds a firm foundation in reproductive biology and the science of human reproduction that is fundamental to clinical embryology and assisted conception. The module covers the physiology, cellular and molecular biology and genetics of the processes of gametogenesis, fertilisation, embryo preimplantation development, implantation and pregnancy.

Additionally, the module covers reproductive endocrinology and discusses the causes and treatments of male and female subfertility and associated reproductive pathologies.

IVF and Embryo Culture (35 Credits) - This module will provide the student with a wide-ranging overview of the topics which are fundamental to embryology. The intention will be to build on students' knowledge to provide an extensive and detailed comprehension of the running of an IVF laboratory and service.

Micromanipulation (15 Credits) - This module focuses on the practices and genetic and epigenetic concepts of micromanipulation techniques, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT). It provides students with the theoretical knowledge of the principles underpinning these intricate procedures, which are instrumental in treating many forms of infertility.

Cryobiology and Cryopreservation (15 Credits) - This module provides a comprehensive overview of the principles and practices of cryobiology and cryopreservation as applied to gametes, embryos and gonadal tissues. Students will explore the science behind these techniques and their use during assisted conception and for fertility preservation in patients at risk of fertility loss as a result of exposure to gonadotoxic treatments or from genetic causes.

Ethics and Law for Embryologists (10 Credits) - This module will explore the issues surrounding assisted conception in terms of the law and ethics of the technologies available. The importance of the HFEA and the HFE Act (1990) will be emphasised as will the implications of the Code of Practice for embryologists. Patient issues will be explored such as confidentiality, patient contact, counselling and informed consent. Ethical, cultural and religious aspects and reactions to infertility treatments will also be discussed.

Learning and teaching

The CEART PGDip programme is delivered using a dynamic blend of teaching strategies that provide an engaging and inclusive learning environment and foster a strong sense of community among students. We incorporate sector-leading teaching methods that are driven by the latest research advances in our field, and we prioritise hands-on and face-to-face interactions while also leveraging innovative digital teaching platforms.

Your learning journey will be guided by our team of expert academics, lecturers and professors, as well as reproductive medicine consultants and specialist clinical embryology and andrology practitioners. Each of these adds unique insights to the course content.

In addition, we collaborate with experienced industry professionals and trained postgraduate researchers. We will connect you to a wealth of knowledge from some of the leading minds working in clinical embryology and assisted reproduction technology, both nationally and internationally.

We are proud to offer a learning environment that uses a variety of formats. This comprises a backbone of traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars combined with innovative digital technologies, delivering an inclusive, engaging, and active approach to learning. We encourage active learning through personalised interactions, group discussions and team working opportunities, as well as problem-based learning sessions and case studies. This approach will equip you with the skills needed to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations.

Finally, we place emphasis on self-directed learning and provide you with extensive online resources. To aid your independent study we provide you with access to our library of recorded lectures and electronic journals, as well as electronic versions of all module workbooks and textbooks in our digital learning environment. This allows you the flexibility to delve deeper into topics that pique your interest and the ability to hone your skills at your own pace.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


A range of assessments are used including essays, presentations and team and individual projects. The assessments used require students to critically evaluate topics, and form and express evidence-based opinions across a range of subjects. The variety of assessments used are fair and inclusive, and will test different aspects of your ability to draw from your academic knowledge. This will help you to develop and demonstrate your transferable skills and build confidence in your ability to communicate on defined subject areas.

Examinations and OSCEs are used to assess student understanding and application of the knowledge gained throughout the course.

Through our multi-faceted approach to learning, teaching and assessment we aim to develop understanding in the field of reproductive science, embryology, andrology and assisted reproduction technology, while fostering an inclusive and active learning environment. We believe this approach will not only equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in this sector, but also instil a sense of belonging and community among our students.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (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.

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)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, experience and demonstration of vocational intent. The number of places is limited. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.

The deadline to submit an application is 31 April 2024.

One reference is required at the point of application from a discipline related to the course you are applying to. If you are a recent graduate, the reference should be an academic referee. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.

You will be asked to submit a short written supporting statement of up to a maximum of 500 words, outlining your reasons for wishing to undertake this programme. You must demonstrate through your supporting statement how the CEART PG Dip programme will be of direct benefit to your personal and professional development.

Places are offered on a first come first served basis. Once all of the available places are filled, other suitable applicants will be held on a waiting list in case a place should become available.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

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UK: £12,333 (Total)

International: £25,000 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

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.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the CEART PGDip programme are well-prepared for a variety of fulfilling career paths within the fields of reproductive science, assisted human reproduction, the veterinary embryo transfer industry, tissue banking and conservation of rare species. The programme gives students the theoretical knowledge and skills to excel in a number of professional environments.

Embryologist, Andrologist and Reproductive Technologist: Students developing a career in these specialisms will be employed either in public or private human infertility clinics, associated satellite industries such as donor tissue banks, or in the veterinary embryo transfer industry. Careers of this nature all involve delivery of different aspects of fertility treatments and assisted reproduction technologies in humans and animal species. This may involve performing tasks such as gamete handling, IVF and ICSI, embryo transfer, cryopreservation of gametes and embryos, and preimplantation genetic testing in humans or animals.

Research Scientist and Laboratory Technician: Those interested in employment in this capacity would expect to conduct and support research delivery in different areas of, for example, reproductive sciences and other branches of biology, or cellular and molecular sciences.

Further Study: Many of our graduates choose to continue their academic journey by enrolling in doctoral research programmes. Our graduates have pursued their PhDs in different branches of reproductive science and reproductive medicine at Leeds University and at other Universities world-wide.

Careers support

Our school maintains strong ties with various organisations within the field. Our faculty employability contact can support you to connect with potential employers and provide you the latest industry information. Regardless of the path you choose, the CEART PGDip offers a robust foundation for your career in the fascinating and rapidly evolving field of reproductive sciences and technologies.

We encourage and support your preparation for your future career from day one through our unique “Step Forward Programme”. This is one of the reasons CEART graduates are so sought after by employers.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.