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Graduate Diploma in Reproductive Sciences

Course code: 0101 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipRepSc ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 2 semesters full-time, 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Monash Medical Centre, Clayton)

Course description

This course is offered by the Education Program in Reproduction and Development (EPRD), a joint venture of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, in association with the Monash Departments of Anatomy, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Physiology and Pharmacology. The primary aim of the EPRD is to foster education and research into reproductive biology and medicine.

The course provides a broad theoretical understanding of, and practical training in, the applications of reproductive biology to current clinical human and veterinary medicine, and consideration of the social and ethical issues raised by the use of these techniques. The course also provides the opportunity for those currently interested in reproductive sciences to update their knowledge.

On completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a thorough theoretical understanding of human and animal reproductive sciences and demonstrate practical techniques currently in use in human medical and veterinary reproductive sciences and be able to competently communicate in written and oral formats their findings from critical reviews, data analyses and a practical project.

Course objectives

On completion of the course, students will be able to: display and communicate a detailed theoretical knowledge and understanding of human and animal reproductive science; critically evaluate recent developments in clinical human and animal reproductive sciences; conduct an appropriate statistical analysis of data from studies in reproductive sciences; understand, intelligently consider and clearly communicate the ethical issues and implications raised by research in the reproductive sciences and in population control using both a local and an international perspective; demonstrate practical techniques currently in use in human medical and veterinary reproductive sciences.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of seven core units:

  • GRS1001 Introduction to reproductive endocrinology
  • GRS1002 Gonadal development and function
  • GRS1003 Pregnancy and parturition
  • GRS1004 Reproductive health
  • GRS1005 Fertility regulation
  • GRS2001 Animal sciences
  • GRS2002 Assisted reproductive and genetic technologies


Assessment is by written examinations, 3000 and 5000-word literature reviews, the demonstration and understanding of selected practical skills, poster and oral presentations and critical reviews.

Contact details

Postgraduate course administrator: Liz Doidge, telephone +61 3 9594 7360; email or visit

Course coordinator

Dr Peter Temple-Smith