Embryo Transfer HEA4113


This clinical module focusses on the embryological techniques associated with reproductive medicine and the clinical process of selection and transfer of appropriate embryos to the uterus.

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Module Code: HEA4113
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £720 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

This module can be accessed by appropriately qualified applicants working within assisted conception practice and seeking to develop their skills.

What are the key aims of the programme?

The management of the infertile couple has witnessed remarkable changes over the past twenty years with new techniques becoming available in tertiary level reproductive medicine units.

Advancements in technology have allowed multi-professional access to the skills associated with undertaking embryo transfer. This intervention has become a key part of fertility practice.

Students working within this environment will need to acquire these skills in order to function at an advanced level and progress their career within this arena.

How Will I Study?

Mixed mode: attendance & online. Online sessions are distance learning.

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 female reproductive system.
  • National and international legal and ethical issues related to embryo storage and selection.
  • Equipment relevant to embryo transfer.
  • Issues of consent.
  • Embryo identification and management of risks associated with embryo storage.
  • Basic embryology.
  • The one at a time initiative.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will occur within the e-learning elements of the taught delivery. Online assessment will be built into this section of learning so that the students can ensure that their emerging understanding and knowledge is correct. For example, case scenarios relating to embryo selection will be explored. Students will have a mid-way point interview with their mentor to determine progression against the practice competencies.

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the embryological techniques of oocyte and sperm retrieval and preparation for fertilisation.
  • Synthesise the theories that underpin best practice in embryo grading, selection and replacement strategies.
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate application of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that are relevant to embryo selection and transfer.

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.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

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For further module information, please contact the Module Coordinators, Jane Mutch at Liverpool Women's Hospital, on 0800 103 2644 or email [email protected] or Dr Lesley Briscoe at Edge Hill University, 01695 657055 or email [email protected].

Or you can contact the Medical School email on [email protected].


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