Master of Science by Coursework in Clinical Embryology

1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course an Organising Committee, which shall have the power to arrange lectures and other instruction.

2. The Organising Committee shall appoint for each candidate an academic adviser.

3. Each candidate shall follow a course of study in Clinical Embryology for at least three terms and for a substantial part of the three subsequent vacations, as determined by the course timetable, and will, when entering for the examination, be required to produce a certificate from their academic adviser to this effect.

4. Candidates shall be examined in all of the following ways:

  • (i) Each candidate must pass a [For students starting before MT 2018: qualifying ][For students starting from MT 2018: Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) ]examination at the end of Michaelmas Term. The examination shall normally consist of a two-hour computer-based assessment on the topics covered in modules I–V, as set out in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the [For students starting before MT 2018: qualifying ]examination shall be permitted to take it on one further occasion in Week 0 of Hilary Term. Candidates must pass this [For students starting before MT 2018: qualifying ]examination in order to proceed with the remainder of the course. [For students starting before MT 2018: In the event that a candidate fails the re-sit examination, the candidate shall be withdrawn from the course. The Organising Committee shall submit to the examiners a list of candidates who have satisfactorily completed the qualifying examination not later than the end of the Hilary Term preceding the examination.]

  • (ii) Each candidate must submit a typewritten or printed essay of not more than 4,000 words [For students starting from MT 2018: (appendices, bibliography, tables, and figure legends should not be included in the final word count; in-text reference citations are to be included in the final word count) ]on a topic approved by the Organising Committee. The arrangements for approval will be notified to candidates not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken. The essay must be submitted by noon, Thursday of Week 9 of Hilary Term. In the event that they are deemed not to have achieved the required standard in this element of the examination, candidates will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit their essay by noon, Friday of Week 3 of Trinity Term.

  • (iii) Each candidate must pass a written examination in Week 0 of Trinity Term. The examination shall consist of a three-hour written paper on the topics covered in modules VI-X, as set out in the Schedule. Candidates who fail the examination shall be permitted to take it on one further occasion, no sooner than three weeks after the first occasion. Candidates must pass this examination in order to proceed with their research project.

  • (iv) Each candidate must submit a typewritten or printed dissertation of not more than 10,000 words[For students starting before MT 2018: (excluding bibliography and appendices)][For students starting from MT 2018: (appendices, bibliography, tables, and figure legends should not be included in the final word count; in-text reference citations are to be included in the final word count)] on the research project as set out in the Schedule below. The research project and the subject of the dissertation must have been approved by the Organising Committee. The arrangements for approval will be notified to candidates not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.  In the event that they are deemed not to have achieved the required standard in this element of the examination, candidates will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit their dissertation by the date to be determined by the examiners.

    [For students starting before MT 2018: Candidates shall be examined viva voce on their dissertation, or on any other element of the examination, and shall also give poster and oral presentations on their research project. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted in September of the year in which the candidate is examined on dates to be determined by the examiners.]

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: (v)  Each Candidate shall be examined viva voce on their dissertation, and shall give a short oral presentation on their research project. The presentation will be composed of 5 slides, take no more than 5 minutes and will be assessed as part of the viva. The viva voce examination will normally be conducted in September of the year in which the candidate is examined on dates to be determined by the examiners. In the event that they are deemed not to have achieved the required standard in this element of the examination, candidates will have the opportunity to have another viva voce, date to be determined by the examiners.]

5. Each written submission (consisting of three hard copies plus an electronic copy) must be sent to the Chair of Examiners, M.Sc. in Clinical Embryology, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford on the following dates:

  • (a) The dissertation on the research project must be submitted by dates to be specified by the Organising Committee and published in the University Gazette not later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the academic year in which the examination is taken.

  • (b) The essay must be submitted by noon on Thursday of Week 9 of Hilary Term.

Each written submission must be accompanied (in a separate sealed envelope addressed to the Chair of Examiners) by a certificate indicating that it is the candidate’s own work and a [For students starting before MT 2016: CD] [For students starting from MT 2016: USB stick] containing an electronic copy of each written submission.

6. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

[For students starting before MT 2016: 7. The examiners shall retain one copy of each dissertation of each successful candidate for deposit in the Radcliffe Science library.]

Schedule

(A) Modules

  • I Essential Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • II Laboratory Methods and Practical Skills

  • III The Mammalian Reproductive System

  • IV Fertilisation and Early Embryogenesis

  • V Embryonic Development and Pregnancy

  • VI Infertility

  • VII Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)

  • VIII Assisted Conception: Skills and Techniques

  • IX Micromanipulation in ART

  • X Infertility and ART: Developments and Current Issues

(B) Research project

  • A research project under the supervision of a research supervisor. Students will undertake reading and research in relation to their research project during Trinity Term and the Long Vacation. The subject of each student’s dissertation and the supervision arrangements for each student must be approved by the Organising Committee.