Clinical Embryology

Master degree

If you are passionate about a career in embryology, this course is for you. The Intensive Master of Clinical Embryology course (MCE) has gained global recognition as a training program for all assisted reproductive technologies (ART), producing high calibre embryologists, with the excellent knowledge and practical skills to eventually work in, and manage, human ART clinics. MCE is offered both on-campus (one year full time) and off-campus (restricted entry, full or part-time) to domestic and international students

Your studies will include the foundations of mammalian embryology, detailed assessment of all infertility treatment strategies, the theoretical basis behind embryo production, embryo selection and cryopreservation, focussing on all current and future technologies associated with ART.  There are 3 units dedicated to Total Quality Management, Preimplantation Diagnosis and Ethics. Most importantly, we are equipped to teach all the practical skills required of andrologists and embryologists, beginning with sperm and embryo handling and assessment, and slowly building skills though learning in vitro fertilisation techniques, the latest cryopreservation techniques, such as vitrification of gametes and embryos finally finishing the year with ICSI and biopsy. While learning the practical skills, students are also given opportunities to visit ART clinics within Australasia and worldwide and all encouraged to attend ART industry conferences. Students engage in research projects that are designed to enhance practical and research skills, while assessments throughout the year are designed to measure the competency of students in theoretical, practical and research disciplines.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part time)
Start date: First Semester (February)
Qualification: Master of Clinical Embryology

Information about fees


This 12-month, intensive course provides students with the essential postgraduate knowledge and practical skills necessary to contribute competently to human infertility clinical services. Theoretical and practical skills are presented in the broad context of the regulations and the ethical considerations that apply to human IVF, both nationally and internationally, along with the quality control procedures required to ensure maximum success for IVF patients. The guidelines, protocols and regulations that steer and control human infertility services are also presented. In addition to attending lectures and self-directed study, students are required to undertake continual practical skills training and also students will undertake a minor research project. Students will not only be equipped with practical skills required for work in an IVF laboratory but also gain a greater understanding of research applications within the field of reproductive or developmental biology. Research-related tasks contribute to the overall assessment for specific coursework units.

Career opportunities

On completion of this course graduates may gain employment as clinical embryologists, or work in laboratories in embryology, health, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), or in related jobs within the reproductive biology field.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


On Campus

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • medical degree,
  • veterinary science degree,
  • Science related bachelor's degree (with honours - second class or above), or
  • A Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Science from Monash university with an average of 65% or above
  • A Graduate Diploma at another institution deemed by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences as equivalent to the Monash University Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Sciences with an average of 65% or above.

All applications are assessed on academic merit and relevant experience. Candidates with a Bachelor degree (without Honours) must have at least one year equivalent professional experience in embryology or reproductive biology.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra requirements

Applicants must provide:

  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV). This must include work experience and 2 referees and/or work references, where applicable;
  • a Statement of Purpose. The statement of purpose must outline why they wish to join this course (<200 words).

Applicants wishing to study off campus will be expected to provide evidence of their ability to meet the course practical requirements. It is recommended that they submit an supplementary application form to support their application. They must be a trained, or current trainee embryologist. The form gives details of the student's training/professional experience and allows for the nomination of a mentor to be approved by the EPRD who will be appointed to log the student's practical abilities. Completion of this form , signed by the mentor, does not guarantee being able to undertake this course off campus. The crediting of practical units will need to be assessed.

The Master of Clinical Embryology is a high demand course. There is a quota on the number of successful applicants. Applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed entry.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 2309

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

The fee quoted is an annual fee based on 48 credit points of study. This is an intensive degree combining 3 semesters (1.5 years) of study into 12 months (72 credit points). To calculate the correct fee for this degree, please multiply the fee quoted by 1.5.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website