Master in Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Embryology and Reproductive Biology Track)

The master's Program in Biomedical Sciences Clinical Embryology and Reproductive Biology Track Alfaisal University in Collaboration with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre

Program Overview

This offers research and training opportunities with international-calibre scientists leading to a Master's degree awarded by Alfaisal University. The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program offers a unique environment of higher education that integrates the research and training capability at KFSH&RC and Alfaisal University in a distinctive modern education setting. The Clinical Embryology and Reproductive Biology track of the Masters in Biomedical Science Program at Alfaisal University's College of Medicine is a two-year full-time program designed to provide specialized and individualized training in the field of clinical embryology and assisted reproductive technology. The curriculum is in line with other international master's programs, such as those in the UK, Australia and the USA. The curriculum is designed to train core competencies in clinical embryology theory and practice.

The scope of study will include:

• Anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems and embryology
• Infertility and treatments
• Advanced assisted reproductive technology (ART)
• Practical training in essential laboratory skills and sophisticated micromanipulation techniques
• Legislation, ethics and quality control

The First Year Subject Courses:

• Reproductive biology and embryology
• Molecular genetics & biology of the cell
• Introduction to assisted reproduction
• Infertility and reproductive medicine
• Semen analysis and processing/andrology.

The Second Year: Advanced assisted reproduction course and a research thesis.

Potential Careers: Graduates from the program will be prepared for clinical IVF work and for fundamental research in reproductive biology. This track aims to meet the rising need in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region for qualified and well-trained ART professionals.
Students: Men and women, Saudi and non-Saudi, local and international
Support: Ministry of Higher Education (King Abdullah Scholarship Program) scholarships for Saudi nationals.

Duration: Two years (typically 44 and a minimum of 42 credit hours)

• Year 1: 23 credit hours
• Year 2: 21 credit hours (thesis track) or 19 credit hours (non-thesis track)

Admission criteria:

Candidates must hold a suitable bachelor's degree (minimum GPA 3.0 out of 4 or 3.75 out of 5) in a relevant field. Fields of study considered as relevant include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied medical science and life sciences. Some prior experience or training (diploma or certification) in clinical embryology and infertility is advantageous. Priority will be given to candidates with prior experience or training as well as those currently working in the field of clinical embryology and infertility. All candidates will be interviewed prior to being offered admission.

Prerequisites: All candidates are expected to have English language proficiency with a minimum score of 500 in TOEFL or 6.5 in IELTS. They are also expected to have excellent computer skills.

Enrolment: Program will start in September 2014.

Fees: 100,000 SR per year
Registration: College of Medicine and Office of Research & Graduate Studies
Application Form and Program Details:

For more information please contact:
Dr Peter Cahusac
Program Director, COM
Tel: 215-7640

Ms Mashael Abdulrahman Al- Tamami
Assessment Officer, COM
Tel: 215 - 7698

Ms Nourah Al Sadoun
Business Administration Officer, ORG
Tel: 215-7807

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