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Specific aims of the Oxford MSc in Clinical Embryology are:
- To deliver intensive teaching for students in both fundamental and applied aspects of subject areas directly related to clinical embryology such as human reproductive biology, embryology, infertility and ART.
- To provide students with dedicated theoretical and practical training in basic laboratory research skills.
- To ensure students understand and appreciate the ethical and legal issues associated with ART and the treatment of infertility.
- To provide students with intensive ‘hands-on’ practical training in laboratory skills and ART, particularly gamete micromanipulation, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
- To provide, in the extended third term, high quality laboratory training in research methodology that can be applied to basic or applied aspects of reproductive science/clinical embryology in the future.
- To encourage student understanding and appreciation of how current molecular technologies (such as the human genome sequencing project, embryonic stem cells, cloning, nuclear transfer and reprogramming) might relate to the future treatment of infertility and the ethical/legal issues involved.
- To understand how business management skills and quality management procedures are vital in the ART clinic.
- To provide training in professional development and transferable skills.
- To build a network of potential leaders in clinical embryology for the future.