Clinical Andrology HEA4115


The module focusses on the applicaiton of advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and microbiology to clinical andrology and enables students to acquire an advanced understanding of the process involved in the investigation and treatment of the infertile and subfertile male.

Module Code: HEA4115
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £720 for Sept 2020 to July 2021

Who is this module for?

Advanced practitioners, medical professionals working in fertility environments.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The developments in the management of male infertility and sub-fertility have resulted in evolution of services with a shift from medical to nurses and other professionals. This module will assist these professionals to engage with the clinical evidence base that supports practice and to develop their knowledge and skills in this practice.

The module will focus on the critical interpretation of evidence that underpins the delivery of investigations and treatment of the infertile male population, including the effective application of leading edge technology in the field of clinical andrology.

Students will undertake the module within rigorous partnership frameworks of expert supervision and mentorship provided by appropriately qualified staff.

What will I study?

The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, online materials, tutorials and work based learning in the environment of reproductive medicine. Specific topics to be covered include:

• The anatomy of the male reproductive system.
• Spermatogenesis/spermiogenesis.
• Physiology and hormone control of the male reproductive system.
• History taking and examination.
• Investigations of the sub/infertile male.
• Specialist investigations.
• Sperm cryopreservation.
• Treatments.
• Consent and communication skills.
• Surgical sperm retrieval methods.
• Genetics of male sub/infertility.
• Clinical case studies.
• Medico-legal issues.
• Ethical issues relating to andrology.
• Emotional and psycho-social aspects of male sub/infertility.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will occur within the face to face contact of the taught delivery. This will take the form of seminar discussions within the group.

Summative Assessment

Assessment will take the form of a 4000 word case study. This will be marked out of 100% and cover all learning outcomes.

On successful completion you will:

1. Critically analyse and debate the evidence base relating to medical and surgical treatment for disorders of the male reproductive system.

2. Critically explore and evaluate advances in andrological investigations and treatments and their application to practice.

3. Synthesise evidence regarding best practice in managing communication and medico-legal issues related to the care of the sub/infertile male.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

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For further module information, please contact the Module Co-ordinator, Dr Richard Russell at Liverpool Women’s Hospital on 0800 103 244 or email


This module can be studied on a stand alone basis. It is an optional module on the:

  • MSc Advanced Fertility Practice