The highly specialised and applied nature of this degree makes it a unique qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the field of Assisted Reproduction.
The course is designed to equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical training necessary for three main career paths:
A career in clinical embryology is perceived as a rewarding career choice both at a personal and a financial level, and thus demand is strong amongst new science graduates for trainee positions.
Various paths exist to start a career in clinical embryology which could depend on the local or national requirements in the country where the candidate is aiming to work. The normal progression is from trainee, to clinical, to senior clinical and then to a manager or consultant level in clinical embryology.
Although a Masters degree is not a requirement to start this career path, it is an enormous advantage and a number of employers prefer that you do hold one. Graduates from our M.Med.Sci. (ART) course have been exceptionally successful in going on to this career path although applicants should be aware that from 2013-2014 changes to training programmes for Clinical Embryology mean that students need to gain access to the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) for Healthcare Scientists
For the clinician, the M.Med.Sci (ART) provides the theoretical and technical basis to pursue a career in this speciality.
The primary advantage of the course for the clinician is that it provides a total view of the process of assisted conception. This is particularly important in terms of the laboratory procedures and quality assurance required to run an assisted conception unit as it clear that this aspect of ART is the primary determinant of achieving high success rates in assisted conception.
Thus the ART course is particularly useful for clinical graduates who wish to return to their country of origin and work in or establish an assisted conception unit and this career path is taken by the majority of our clinically qualified ART graduates.
Alternatively, a small but signficant number of our graduates wish to remain and practice in the UK and after obtaining the necessary qualifications to do so, the normal career path is to obtain a position in an IVF unit in which direct contact with patients and tuition in gynaecological/surgical procedures can be obtained.
A primary aim of the course is to provide graduates with the necessary skills to go on to undertake a higher research degree (PhD, MD).
Therefore a large amount of time is devoted to the development of professional, practical and transferable skills in terms of the ability to collect, analyse and present data in a scientific format. This is achieved through journal clubs, specific tutorials, essays and the third semester research project which has to be presented in written, poster and oral forms.
The development of effective communication skills is therefore a primary learning outcome and each year the module convenors and external examiners are gratified by the high standard achieved by the M.Med.Sci (ART) students when these skills are assessed at these presentations.
A small but significant number of graduates from the M.Med.Sci. (ART) course go on to do higher research degrees each year and there are often opportunities within the academic unit of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology or elsewhere within the University of Nottingham to undertake these degrees.
Although the MMedSci (ART) is aimed at preparing individuals for the aforementioned career opportunities, a number of individuals have decided to use the course as a platform for alternative career paths where the theoretical and practical knowledge in ART have been a major advantage. This includes careers in industry and manufacturing, law and politics, medical and journal writing, Animal breeding and conservation centres (including zoos), transgenic core facilities, and genetic screening and diagnosis services.
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Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career prospects and employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research