This innovative distance-learning programme provides a comprehensive theoretical foundation in the areas of human reproduction and development. The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of postgraduate students, including scientists, nurses and clinicians. Residential workshops will be held in Bristol, comprising lectures and seminars as well as case-based group work, practical sessions and assessments. Each distance-learning unit comprises online tutorials and lectures, with assessment by essays and online questions.
Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology
The structure, function and development of the organs of the male and female reproductive system and the role of the endocrine system in the control and maintenance of reproduction.
Gametogenesis to Implantation
The origin of gametes and gametogenesis in both the male and female; fertilisation; zygote formation; implantation.
Human Development and Pregnancy
The principles of human fetal and newborn development and growth, together with an understanding of the factors that influence normal and abnormal development of key body systems.
Statistics and Research Methods
The principles of basic statistics as applied to study design, analysis and interpretation of study results and critical evaluation of published research.
Infertility - Diagnosis and Management
The causes, prevalence and investigations of infertility to provide an understanding of the primary and secondary levels of infertility diagnosis and management, including the clinical and laboratory techniques used in the diagnosis of infertility.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
The latest scientific and technological developments in ART to enable the understanding and application of these techniques in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients.
A detailed literature review in an appropriate area of study and a clinical audit, data analysis or research proposal. Students will complete a dissertation, a poster presentation and an oral examination on this project.