Embryologists study the beginning of life and the science of reproduction. An embryologist is a scientist working with sperm, eggs, and embryos. A Masters in Clinical Embryology is pursued by clinical scientists and clinicians for academic and professional development in the field of reproductive science, infertility and in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Embryologists most commonly work with physicians to assist patients who have reproductive health issues. They usually work in hospitals and fertility clinics and may also perform laboratory work, research work or seek posts in academic institutions.
As an embryologist, students will perform diagnostic services and embryological procedures, such as in IVF at clinics and hospitals. Students will also be occupied with the collection, storing, recording, testing and fertilisation of eggs from patients.
An embryologist’s work is generally carried out as part of a multidisciplinary team, including obstetricians and gynaecologists, doctors, specialist nurses and counsellors.
To become a clinical scientist working in embryology, students need a degree in a relevant subject such as biology, biomedical sciences, microbiology, genetics or biochemistry.
Embryologists start their career path with an undergraduate degree in a biological science field before moving into a master's degree program. A Master's degree can be pursued in reproductive science or clinical science.
Embryologists need to have a practical and theoretical understanding of human reproductive biology, embryology and infertility. Desired skills include communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork skills to work as a multidisciplinary unit, the ability to make sound judgements, an analytical mind, an adaptive approach and the ability to work under pressure.
Careers in Embryology
Embryologists can work with doctors to aid patients needing reproductive help or they can work in research. An embryologist's work may include fertility medical procedures, research, writing, or patient consultations. Individuals trained in embryology can pursue a career as a fertility researcher, embryologist and professor.
In the UK, the NHS employs many clinical scientists working in embryology in assisted conception units. Independent clinics also employ them for fertility treatment.
UK universities offering Embryology courses
Listed below are the universities offering the best embryology courses in the UK:
- University of Oxford
- University of Leeds
- University of Dundee
- University of Aberdeen