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Mentors and Course Staff

Each of our students is allocated a Departmental Mentor for the duration of their MSc programme. Mentors are members of senior academic, clinical or research staff. Mentors can provide individual support and guidance throughout the course in terms of coursework, examination strategies, and career advice. Students can approach the course staff at any time for advice and support on any aspect of their studies. The Course Director monitors individual student progress, writes termly progress reports, and provides advice, feedback, and support throughout the course.  

IT Resources

Our MSc students are provided with dedicated office space and teaching facilities within the Institute of Reproductive Sciences (IRS). The ‘Postgraduate Study Room’ is equipped with a variety of IT equipment including personal computers, a networked printer, and scanner. Computers are connected to the University network and possess all the necessary software required by the MSc course in terms of word processing, presentation preparation and data analysis. Photocopying facilities are also available. The MSc in Clinical Embryology utilises the University’s virtual learning environment and web-based support network, Canvas. This electronic facility allows students to access lecture overheads, support material and other learning resources directly from the internet. Canvas also provides an excellent means of providing course teaching staff with valuable feedback at regular intervals throughout the course.


The University of Oxford has one of the best library collections in the world. Our students can access all the required academic journals and textbooks needed for the course via the library service.

Laboratory Equipment

The dedicated MSc teaching laboratory within the Institute of Reproductive Sciences (IRS) is equipped with the very latest laboratory equipment, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) systems, electrophoresis apparatus, a range of light/dissecting/stereo-zoom microscopes, various digital imaging systems, a fluorescence microscope, a computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) system, four Nikon Narashige micromanipulation workstations, and an infra-red laser biopsy system. A sufficient range of equipment is provided to ensure that each student is guaranteed to have hands-on practical experience in all laboratory sessions. The laboratory provides powerful in-house research capability for Departmental staff and students. Both the teaching laboratory and our dedicated lecture theatre are fitted with interactive whiteboard technology to enhance our student learning environment.

Health and Welfare

The University offers a variety of services and support for students regarding their health and welfare, from general guidance on staying healthy while studying through to confidential counselling and support.

Further information on support available can be found on the University’s Health and Welfare webpage

The Counselling Service has a number of useful podcasts on topics such as advice for freshers & international students through to examination preparation & perfectionism. Click here to view podcasts. 

Disability Advisory Service

The University's Disability Advisory Service provides information and advice on disability and facilitates support for students with disabilities. This includes, for example, students with sensory or mobility impairments, long-term health conditions, specific learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.

The Department's Disability Co-ordinators are Laura Rose  and Laura Goude. Please click on their names for their contact details to request further information on disability-related study support.

The Disability Advisory Service's Common Framework for Supporting Disabled Students can be viewed here.

The University’s Building Access guide can be found here