Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies

The Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies is designed to provide the resources and skills to meet the challenges posed by the rapid changes currently occurring in the field of assisted reproduction, whilst mixing theoretical and practical sessions.

  • ART
  • Human Science
  • Reproduction
Next edition
Classes start
04 October, 2021
Classes end
26 February, 2022
Program ends
31 July, 2022
to be confirmed
ECTS credits
8750 €

The Master in Human Assisted Reproduction is designed to meet the growing need for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) professionals, providing the students with skills as doctors and embryologists, and empowering practitioners to operate highly sophisticated ART programs, offering complex treatment to infertile patients. 

This course focuses on the transition from a training philosophy centred on technical execution (good hands) to one focused on critical thinking, evidence-based implementation, and innovation adoption (good thinking). 

Through the program, students will work on their qualitative and quantitative analytical skills inside the evidence-based medicine (EBM) field as well as improve both individual and team-based approaches to reproductive research and clinical care.

Thanks to the collaboration with the Eugin Group the Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies will provide students with the opportunity to gain real international experience. Lessons will be imparted by world-class international practitioners and key opinion leaders in the ART field. Moreover, taking advantage of the highly international structure of the Eugin Group with a presence in both Europe and the Americas, practical internships can take place in ART clinics in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, the USA or Brazil, for instance.

Program jointly offered with:


Why choose this program


Evidence-Based Medicine

The curriculum includes a number of fundamentally important topics that are typically ignored in other programs, such as patient-centred care and attention, psychology and psychopathology of infertility, fertility awareness and knowledge, artificial intelligence in ART, and patient communication through new media.


Critical mindset

You will learn to think critically. In a field rapidly evolving towards automation, miniaturization, and information assisted technologies, as an ART professional you will need to rely as much on technical skills as on the development of critical thinking.


International vision

Lessons will be imparted by world-class international practitioners and key opinion leaders in the ART field, and you will also be part of an international class with students from all over the world.


International Internships

The program has mandatory internships that will take place in ART clinics in Italy, Spain, Brazil, Denmark, the USA, Argentina, and Colombia.

Who is it for?

The Master is addressed to recent graduates or active professionals in the field of assisted reproduction technologies (ART). The program seeks to train you formally as clinicians or embryologists to work in ART clinics. You will be able to meet the wave of innovation in the field of ART and become a highly specialized reproductive professional.

Admission and enrolment


The 60 ECTS-credit program is made up of four core modules organized in nine subject areas, all of them mandatory. It will start with a Framework of Clinical Reference, followed by modules on Human Reproduction, Laboratory Techniques, and Laboratory Sessions. There is also a final project, which is linked to the internship, where the student will address a technique or method that catches their interest.

Framework of Clinical Reference

Scientific Method, Ethics, and Law

This Subject covers the main 3 parameters that must guide the daily practice of the ART professional: science, ethics, and law. The practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) requires knowledge of the scientific method and development of critical thought, as well as an understanding of the basic tenets of study design and statistics for medical research. In addition, as technical breakthroughs occur at an ever-increasing pace, the rapidly advancing field of ART poses ethical dilemmas on a regular basis, and a deep knowledge of and scrupulous adherence to national and international laws and regulations is absolutely required.

Patient Centred Care

The emotional burden of treatment is the main cause of treatment discontinuation and non-adherence even in countries where ART treatments are economically feasible and culturally accepted. Nevertheless, ART programs do not train professionals to understand the patient’s challenges and experiences with infertility, resulting in high treatment drop-out, and ultimately a lower proportion of patients that overcome their infertility. This subject will provide you with a solid appreciation of the psychological aspects of the infertile experience, both from a male and female point of view, as well as the need to make patients the focus of the treatment process. This subject will train you to understand the role of the ART professional in solving this problem through increased communication with patients, colleagues, regulators, and the media. In an increasingly communicated world, this implies developing skills related to the use of novel media platforms to communicate with patients (social media/telemedicine)

Human Reproduction

Anatomy and Physiology

This Subject will cover normal anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive organs at both the macro and microscopic levels along with the stages of the reproductive life cycle. Development, endocrinology, gametogenesis, menstrual cycle, fertilization, implantation, early embryonic development, and pregnancy will be covered.

Human Reproductive Pathology

You will acquire knowledge of the main pathologies that underlie fertility issues, learn how to clinically evaluate the infertile/sub-fertile individual in order to recognize tubal/uterine infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, male and female reproductive pathologies, ovulation disorders, and implantation issues, among others. The developing field of oncofertility and how to preserve the reproductive potential of cancer patients will be explained and discussed.

Assisted Reproduction

You will become familiarized with the current toolbox of technologies and methods in ART. Both clinical and embryological approaches will be considered. This will provide the student with a holistic view of reproductive medicine and allow for an improved interaction between both areas of treatment, in the interest of patient satisfaction and clinical results. Main topics are induction of ovulation, oocyte pickup, gamete donation, ICSI, in vitro embryo culture and evaluation, embryo transfer, luteal phase support, and cryobiology. Importantly, students will be introduced to cutting edge technologies such as time-lapse microscopy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Diagnostics and Laboratory Techniques


Basic concepts of genetics in relation to all aspects of human reproduction (preconceptional, prenatal and embryonic stage), with emphasis on inherited disease, chromosomal segregation and the genetics of male and female infertility will be reviewed. This subject will cover classical and expanded preconceptional screening and analyse implications for couples wanting to conceive. Students will study techniques and approaches to embryo testing (PGT-A, PGT-M, PGT-ST) as well as concepts related to genetic counselling. The lack of an EBM perspective made PGT a particularly controversial issue in the ART field. Since genetics and preconceptional testing lend themselves particularly well to EBM assessment, case studies will be used to illustrate concepts.

Basic and Experimental Techniques

Cutting edge genetic technologies will be presented and studied, including genetic manipulation and genome editing techniques, mitochondrial manipulation, uterine transplant, and stem cell-related approaches to infertility. 

Laboratory Sessions

Wet Lab (gamete and embryo handling)

Students will practice the basic procedures executed in the ART laboratory during a full week of intensive wet laboratory sessions, including oocyte manipulation, denudation, maturity evaluation, embryo culture in vitro and its evaluation, sperm thawing, and swim-up/gradient selection.

Simulation of Clinical Procedures

This subject provides a full week dedicated to training the students in basic clinical techniques such as ultrasound-guided oocyte pick-up and embryo transfer, by using state-of-the-art dummy based digital simulation systems.

Master's Final Project

Master's Final Project

During the professional internships students will choose a technique or method of their interest. They will be required to present a critical review of the existing literature regarding said clinical practice and produce a report following the criteria and guidelines of the EBM. 

Curricular Professional Internships

Professional Internships

Students will be able to undergo guided internships at Assisted Reproduction Research Centres or Clinics in the European Union (Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden) or outside of the EU (USA and Brazil). These internships will be 4 months long and students will be able to choose only one centre, for the whole duration of the internship or 2, spending 2 months at each centre. Depending on the clinic of choice, students will be able to focus on basic reproductive research, clinical reproduction, or clinical embryology. For each practicum, the student will be under the supervision of a local tutor.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.


Academic directors

Francesc Calafell Majó

Associate Professor UPF


Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona


Andrei Boar Boar

Teaching  BSM

  • Andreas Abraham Zadeh

Senior Consultant obstetrician-gynaecologist with a subspecialty in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine at Clinica Eugin since 2006.

Basic medical training at the University of Münster, Boston University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  MD and research doctorate from Münster University Medical School. 5 year-residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Münster University. 2-year post-residency sub-specialization in Gynecological Surgery.  Chief attending for the laparoscopic outpatient day hospital of Münster University Hospital.  Medical advisor in women's health for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Executive MBA from Otto Beisheim School of Management.

  • Sandra Acosta Verdugo

PhD in Cell Biology (Universitat de Barcelona).

Senior scientist, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

  • Anna Blázquez Ventura

Specialized clinician at Eugin.

PhD in medicine at Universidad de Barcelona

  • Andrei Boar

PHD student in Economy and Business Organization at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

Adjunct professor at Pompeu Fabra University and assistant professor at UPF Barcelona School of Management.

  • José Buratini Junior

Scientific coordinator in Eugin Italy.

PhD in Veterinary Medicine.
Professor at Universidad Federal de São Paulo.

  • Silvia Camporesi

PhD (European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan, Italy), PhD (King's College London, London, UK).

Associate Professor in Bioethics, Director of the Bioethics and Society Master's programme at King's College London (UK). Trained in biotechnology and bioethics, specialised in ethics of emerging biotechnologies, reproductive genetic technologies, ethics, and sport.

  • Maurício Chehin

Medical Director of the Oncofertility Division at Huntington Medicina Reprodutiva , Sao Paulo, Brazil.

PhD in Gynecology from Federal University of São Paulo

  • Marta Codina Solá

Genetic counsellor, Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital.

PhD Biomedical Research (UPF).

  • Clara Colomé

Medical Doctor.

Specialized clinician at Eugin.

  • Beatrice Dal Canto

Laboratory Director of Biogenesis Reproductive Centres and Clinica Eugin Modena

PhD in Hygiene and Public Health by Università di Studi di Milano
Associate Professor at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

  • Cesar Diaz-Garcia

PhD (Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg and Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of the University of Valencia). Extraordinary doctorate medicine award (University of Valencia 2017-2018)

Medical Director at IVI London and Honorary Associate Professor at UCL. Specializes in all aspects of fertility.

  • Alice Domar

Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health.

PhD in Health Psychology by Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva.

  • Désirée García García

Scientific Coordinator at Eugin Clinic Barcelona and Technical Secretary at Eugin Research Ethics Committee.

PhD. Public Health (UB). 

  • Marc Güell Cargol

Head of the Translational Synthetic Biology Lab at UPF-PRBB.

PhD in Biomedical Research
Tenure-track professor at Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Juan José Guillén Quilez

MD. Specialized clinician at Eugin Clinic.

  • Marta Herrera Pérez 

Degree in Journalism and Political Sciences and Master's Degree in Scientific and Medical Communication by UPF (Barcelona, Spain). 9-years experience in Marketing & Communication in the Healthcare industry, current Director of Communications, Marketing & Sales in Eugin.

  • Antonio La Marca

Coordinator of Clinical Activity at Clinic Eugin Modena

PhD in Biology 
Professor at UNIMORE

  • Karinna Lattes Altamirano

Specialized clinician at Eugin.

PhD in medicine.

  • Svend Lindenberg

Medical Director at Copenhagen Fertility Center.

PhD by University of Copenhagen

  • Carolina Llorente Lope

Coordinator of the Center of Studies of Science, Communication and Society of the UPF (CCS-UPF)

Master's Degree in Information and Knowledge Society, research itinerary, from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Associate lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University.
She has also been an associate professor at the Barcelona University responsible for teaching the scientific communication section in the subject "Expert communication in professional fields" (degree in Communication and Cultural Industries). She has worked 3 years as a communication and dissemination technique at the Bioengineering Institute of Catalonia (IBEC).

  • María Jesús López

MD. Specialized clinician at Eugin Clinic.

  • Aline Lorenzon

PhD.Scientific coordinator Huntington Medicina Reproductiva.

Her research focuses on the embryo-endometrium interaction, the establishment of pregnancy and placenta formation.

  • Belén Marqueta Marque

MD. Specialized clinician at Eugin Clinic.


  • Dani Mataró 

PhD in medicine

Medical Director at CIRH. His research interests are in the field of infectious diseases and their impact on human reproduction, especially HIV.

  • Adrià Moreno Tierz

MD. Specialized clinician at Eugin Clinic.

  • Alan Penzias

MD (State University of New York).

Surgical Director and reproductive endocrinologist at Boston IVF and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in all aspects of fertility care.

  • Josep Pla Victori

Genetic counsellor, IVI clinic.

Msc Genetic Counseling (UPF)

  • Mina Popovic

PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. 

Senior Deputy of the Special Interest Group Stem Cells, of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a clinical embryologist for over five years, at Genea (previously Sydney IVF) in Sydney, Australia. She is currently working as a researcher at Clinica Eugin in Barcelona. 

  • Margarita Posso Rivera

Epidemiologist and specialist doctor in Public Health at Hospital del Mar - Parc de Salut Mar

PhD in Methodology of Biomedical Research and Public Health from UAB (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona)

  • Aida Pujol Massana

Embryology Lab Manager at CIRH.

PhD in cytogenetics (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)

  • Gema Revuelta de la Poza

Director of the Centre for Science, Communication and Society Studies at Pompeu Fabra University. Director of the Informe Quiral: Medicina, Comunicación y Sociedad. [Quiral Report: Medicine, Communication and Society].

PhD in Medicine
Adjunct lecturer at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Maurizio De Rocco

Medical Doctor specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (Padua, Italy). Master degree in Andrology and Reproductive Medicine (Padua, Italy).

Five years experience in male reproductive and sexual health issues. Past Research Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Unit of Andrology and Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital of Padua. Currently Research Fellow at the Unit of Andrology of Fundacio Puigvert (Barcelona, Spain).

  • Amelia Rodríguez Aranda

Medical Director Eugin Group.

PhD in medicine. 

  • Flavia Rodríguez

Gynaecologist specialized in Assisted Reproduction with more than 10 years of experience.

Medical Director at Eugin Barcelona.

  • Denny Sakkas

Scientific Director at Boston IVF.

PhD at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Joaquim Sarquella Geli

MD, Physician-Andrologist specialist (UAB)

Androgyn doctor at Fundació Puigvert and Eugin Clinic.

  • Clara Serra Juhé

President of the Spanish Association of Genetic Counselling.

PhD in Biomedicine from Pompeu Fabra University.
Adjunct lecturer at the Genetics Unit of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Gustavo Tiscornia

Postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Ramon y Cajal Fellow at the Center for Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (Spain) and joined the Basic Research Laboratory at Eugin as Senior Researcher in 2016.
PhD (University of Wisconsin, USA).
His areas of expertise include stem cell biology, in vitro disease modelling and human implantation. 

  • Marc Torra Massana

PhD in Medicine and Translational Research at the University of Barcelona and Clínica Eugin.

Current embryologist and researcher in Eugin (Barcelona, Spain). His research is focused on understanding the molecular alterations causing low fertilization rates and the laboratory factors affecting reproductive outcomes after ICSI. 

  • Doron Vantman Luft

Urologist and specialist in Reproductive Medicine at CER

  • Filippo Zambelli

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (University of Brussels, VUB) and Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology (University of Teramo).

Researcher at Clinica Eugin, his main research interests are reproductive genetics and mitochondrial biology, with a special focus on the detection of mutations and rearrangements into the mtDNA and its implications on fertility. 

  • María José Zamora

Deputy Laboratory Director at Clínica EUGIN Barcelona

MSc in Human Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Techniques (UAB-Institut Dexeus).



The course will combine theory and practice in a participative and interactive manner. The methodology may vary from subject to subject, depending on the lecturer and the contents


Practical sessions

The program includes a unique laboratory module in which you will acquire hands-on experience in embryology laboratory techniques, covering a range of fundamental procedures regarding sperm, oocytes, and embryos.


State-of-the-art learning tools

In order to provide strong practical skills, you will be trained in basic clinical procedures such as ovum pickup and embryo transfers using state-of-the-art simulator systems.


Continuous monitoring

All the activities will be returned with feedback by teachers, so the assessment is based on an evolving learning.


Evaluation will result from continuous monitoring of the students’ progress using a range of assessment techniques. These include execution of activities, participation during lectures and case discussions, performance in the Wet Lab Module and Simulator Module, subject exams (in multiple choice format), and quality of Final Project written work and defence. In addition, the students’ performance during their internship will be evaluated by their mentor. On-going evaluation will ensure a balanced distribution of effort and a gradual acquisition of knowledge by the student. Grading of subjects will be on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest mark.


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

Approximately 50 million couples experience infertility worldwide. This is due to social and professional changes, including higher numbers of working women, delayed parenthood, migration from rural areas to cities, obesity and rising male infertility. The market for in vitro fertilization is expected to exceed 36 billion dollars by 2026. A wave of innovation is currently exerting pressure on the industry, which predicts a lack of adequately trained professionals during the next few years. We foresee that our graduates will have ample opportunities in the ART industry, covering positions in clinical practice, the embryology lab, and basic research.

Student profile

All students come from a great variety of scientific fields, however, the three main common backgrounds are: Medicine and Surgery, Biology, and Biotechnology. The class is a good mix from different countries, as the master has a very international outlook: participants from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America share experiences and common interests.


Average age


Average years of professional experience


International Students


Alumnos por aula

Career opportunities

From April to July, you will do one or two practical internships in Clinics of the Eugin group, located in several countries (Spain, Italy, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, and the USA), focusing on basic research, embryology and/or clinical research. You may opt to do one unique internship in a single location (from April to July) or 2 shorter internships in 2 different locations (April-May and June-July). This internship provides a hands-on approach that will help you with your career prospects.

  • Embryologist in reproductive clinics
  • Embryology Scientist in ART service companies
  • Research Scientist in research centres, hospitals, or universities
  • Reproduction Clinician in reproductive clinics or hospitals
  • Patient Counsellors in reproductive care

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

The Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies is aimed at graduates in medicine, biomedical sciences, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, veterinary, pharmacy, and related fields.

Candidates must present an official English Certificate as evidenced by an English language advanced certification or evident from the candidate CV and personal interview with the Admissions Committee.

Previous advanced degrees (Master, PhD) or relevant professional experience are considered a plus.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1282.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Talent Scholarship

Apply for one of our Talent Scholarships, specifically awarded to master students who can demonstrate an exceptional academic, professional or personal trajectory.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies Scholarship

Program Scholarship


Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Grants and discounts

External financial aid

A large number of external entities and institutions offer financial aid options to students who want to enrol on one of our master programs and postgraduate courses.


Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Application for admission
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Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies
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Language: English
Price: 8750
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies