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Master of Clinical Embryology

Course code: 2309 ~ Course abbreviation: MClinEmbryol ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 3 semester full-time in a single year ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Monash Medical Centre, Clayton - F/T only)

Course description

This course is offered by the Monash Institute of Medical Research through the Education Program of Reproductive Biology. It provides candidates with the essential postgraduate knowledge and practical skills necessary to contribute competently to the human infertility clinical services. Theoretical and practical skills are presented in the broader context of the regulations and the ethical considerations which apply to human IVF along with the quality control procedures required to ensure maximum success for IVF patients. The guidelines, protocols and regulations that steer and control human infertility services are also presented.

Course objectives

On completion of the course, students will be able to: display a detailed knowledge and understanding of human and animal reproduction and development; critically assess new developments in human infertility treatment and associated biotechnology; demonstrate an understanding of how IVF clinics operate and the relevant regulations that apply to genetic manipulation and clinical ART, as applied internationally to humans and animals, and the associated ethical implications; understand and appropriately use statistical analysis on human infertility and animal research data; demonstrate competence in vitro embryo production and conduct quality assurance and trouble shooting procedures essential to reliably operate an IVF clinic; be familiar with genetic and molecular diagnostic testing on embryos and assessment of the genetic competence of an embryo to develop prior to its transfer in clinical IVF; cryopreserve embryos and tissues for later use in human infertility treatment, or in conservation and animal breeding; be familiar with the techniques used in preparing male and female gametes for use in IVF and demonstrate the skills of micromanipulation required to participate in clinical human ART.

Course structure

This is an intensive one-year, full-time laboratory-based course which begins in February and continues until the end of November. The course consists of eight units, six of which involve lectures accompanied by tutorials, seminars, journal reviews, discussion groups and some site visits. The other two units consist of practical work. Weekend and evening work in the laboratory is required, and student breaks are only allocated for one week in March/April (during the Easter break) and one week in July.

Course requirements

Semester 1

  • MCE1100 Practical techniques and statistics in embryology I
  • MCE1101 Introduction to mammalian embryology
  • MCE1103 Basic in vitro techniques for embryo production
  • MCE1112 Embryo culture and cryopreservation

Semester 2

  • MCE1200 Practical techniques and statistics in embryology II
  • MCE1201 Fertilisation and micromanipulation
  • MCE1212 Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and embryo gene expression
  • MCE1213 Regulation and ethics in assisted reproductive technologies


Assessment is via journal review presentations, 2500 and 3000-word essays, written examinations and tests for practical competence.

Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Dr Sally Catt