Through lectures and practical sessions, the course integrates the theoretical basis of mammalian reproductive physiology with its foundations in the field of human assisted conception research. Much of the emphasis of the practical work concentrates on the manipulation of mammalian gametes and embryos.
You will have the opportunity to carry out observation sessions at Nurture Fertility and rotate through the different areas such as embryology, andrology, clinical consultations, nursing and ultrasound.
Assisted Reproduction Technology Part 1
- IVF laboratory risk management and quality assurance
- Oocyte retrieval and, oocyte and embryo morphology and assessment
- Embryo development and in vitro culture requirements
- Fertility preservation including cryopreservation of sperm and ovarian tissue
- Andrology laboratory risk management and quality assurance
- Sperm handling from donor to evaluation including estimating sperm concentration, motility and viability
Reproductive Biology (Male and Female) and Comparative Reproductive Anatomy and Mechanisms
- General Reproductive Biology
- Comparative Reproductive Anatomy
- Folliculogenesis, oogenesis and spermatogenesis
- Reproductive processes in humans and other species
Assisted Reproduction Technology Part 2
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and micromanipulation in assisted reproduction
- Embryo biopsy and assisted hatching
- Cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos
- Reproductive failure and evaluation and management of it
Biomolecular analysis for PGD and Research, and Biological Statistics
- Cell biology
- Reproductive Biology
During the summer period each student will undertake a research project which will be presented for assessment at the end of the year as a written dissertation of no more than 15,000 words. Guidance, supervision and direction for these projects would be available from project supervisors.
Examples of the types of project that could be undertaken include:
- Investigation of the presence of collagen within the human oocyte
- Effect of endometrial development and structural uterine anomalies on IVF and ICSI outcome
- The impact of delaying administration of hCG on oocyte maturity, fertilisation, cleavage and implantation rates in IVF and ICSI cycles
- The role of extracellular matrix proteins in human endometrial stromal cell decidualisation
Research project and dissertation
During the summer period you will undertake a supervised research project which will be presented for assessment at the end of the year as a written dissertation of up to 10,000 words.
The majority of projects are conducted within the University and opportunities also exist both nationally and internationally in collaboration with other IVF clinics and research institutions.
A number of specific projects are offered each year. Previous projects have been presented in national and international conferences or published in peer-reviewed high-impact medical or scientific journals.
The majority of the lecture and practical courses are given by members of the School of Medicine, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the Queens Medical Centre (QMC) although there is also a substantial input from the School of Biosciences, based at the Sutton Bonington campus 12 miles to the south of the city.
Within the Queen's Medical Centre are a dedicated and fully equipped teaching laboratory, lecture theatre and student common room with computers, wifi, and a small kitchen/seating area.
The course is located within the Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology where there are many active research labs where students could work during the projects.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
The overall degree is assessed by the student's performance in coursework, research project and examinations.
There is an examination per taught module at the end of each semester, covering material taught in that semester. This will consist of 2 x 2 hour short answer/short essay papers per semester.
Includes experience in writing a series of essays, practical reports, oral presentations, journal clubs as well as the research projects.
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 Technology (ART).
The course is designed to equip graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical training necessary for three main career paths:
- Clinical embryology
- Assisted conception
- Research in ART
Although the MMedSci (ART) is aimed at preparing individuals for these career opportunities, there are a number of alternative career paths where the theoretical and practical knowledge in ART is 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.
Average starting salary and career progression
90.1% of postgraduates from the School of Medicine secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,086.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
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