Clinical Reproductive Medicine HEA4157


This module focuses on the application of physiology, pharmacology and pathology into the clinical environment in support of the reproductive medicine unit. The student will acquire an advanced understanding of the management of the infertile couple from presentation at secondary level to basic in vitro-fertilisation and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection techniques. They will learn how to interpret clinical investigative information and to construct a management plan for the infertile couple.

Module Code: HEA4157
Level: 7
Credits: 40
Cost: £1360 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Only medical professionals working in obstetrics and gynaecology can enrol onto this module.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The modern management of the infertile couple has witnessed remarkable changes over the past twenty years with the establishment of reproductive medicine units in most major cities. The service, out of evolution and sometimes necessity, has seen a shift from medical to nurse based provision of service with emphasis on training nursing staff to provide not only support services but clinical service provision.

This module focusses on the provision of a thorough platform of basic science on which will be superimposed the clinical skills for the candidate to take a history, develop a working diagnosis, interpret investigative strategies and provide a rigorous management, usage of technology to assist conception and treatment plans to provide the infertile couple with an appropriate therapeutic programme.

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:

• Anatomy of the male and female reproductive system;
• Physiology of the reproductive system;
• Pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to the speciality;
• Pathology, including micro-biology;
• Role of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority;
• National and International legal frameworks relating to reproductive medicine;
• Professional accountability;
• Ethical considerations;
• Service development and innovations within the speciality;
• The clinical environment;
• Technology and devices relating to the speciality;
• Communication skills;
• History taking and recording;
• Clinical decision making;
• Investigations relevant to the speciality;
• Care and therapy planning;
• Psycho-social aspects of infertility;
• Counselling for infertility;
• Impact of miscarriage on clients.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be via supported practice development prior to assessment of learning outcomes one and two.
A plan of the practice experience to be explored will be submitted to the module co-ordinator and mentor who will provide formative developmental feedback in support of achievement of learning outcomes three and four.

Summative Assessment

Part 1.
Critical review of five anonymised case studies to be submitted to demonstrate, evidence of advanced working knowledge of taking a history, develop working diagnosis, interpret investigative strategies, a treatment plan and self-assessment of learning.

Part 2.
Assessment against competencies relevant to clinical reproductive practice within the practice assessment document. Evidence of clinical mentors' signatures in competency assessment document.

On successful completion you will:

1. Demonstrate the ability to interpret and synthesise clinical and investigative information and formulate a treatment strategy for disorders of the male and female reproductive system.

2. Demonstrate an advanced working knowledge of the therapeutics relevant to reproductive medicine to include pharmacology and therapeutics, medical and surgical treatments.

3. Synthesise evidence regarding best practice in reproductive medicine with particular emphasis on individualised treatment plan, be cognisant to the legal and ethical consideration that may occur.

4. Critically appraise holistic innovations in service delivery in reproductive medicine including technologies.

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 following programme:

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice