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MMedSci in Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART)

University of Nottingham

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The MMedSci in Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) is a one year full time course, consisting of two semesters of lectures and practical work and a summer research project. Its aim is to furnish graduates with the formal theoretical and practical training necessary within this highly specialised discipline which encompasses both the biological processes of mammalian reproduction that are relevant to the manipulation of fertility and the treatment of reproductive disease. Potential applicants should note however, that the course does not provide direct vocational training and involves no direct patient contact. Established in 1993 and one of the longest running taught Masters in this area in the UK, the course, in association with the Nottingham University?s assisted conception unit (NURTURE), uniquely provides theoretical and practical training in all aspects of human assisted conception including embryology, andrology, micromanipulation, endocrinology, cryobiology and infertility. Provision of course material and training is by experts who are highly active within their specialty and includes clinical embryologists, clinicians, nurses, counsellors and ultrasonographers from NURTURE and experts in reproductive biology from the Schools of Human Development, Biosciences and Veterinary and Basic Sciences. Course objectives ? To encourage independent thought and a research orientated approach to the practice of assisted conception ? To broaden the students knowledge of the underlying scientific basis of ART and clinical management of infertility ? To equip graduates with the ability to pursue a career in assisted conception (e.g. clinical embryology, infertility treatment) andor research in reproductive biology Learning outcomes ? Lectures: Theoretical aspects from expert lecturers from within or outside the University. ? Practical sessions: Technical laboratory skills taught in fully equipped and dedicated teaching laboratory. ? Tutorialsseminars: Specific skills (Scientific presentations) and critical evaluation (journal club). ? Essays: Topical issues or advances in clinical embryology. ? Research project and project plan. ? Clinical observational rotation: Within NURTURE observing counselling, consultations, ultrasound examinations and embryology laboratory. What do graduates from the course go on to do? The vast majority of graduates (>80%) go on to work in assisted conception units, either in the UK or overseas. For science graduates, clinical embryology is perceived as both a personally and financially rewarding career choice and demand is strong amongst new graduates for trainee positions. The M.Med.Sci (ART) does not provide direct vocational training for this career choice but holding this degree represents a significant advantage in terms of securing a traineeship. Most graduates have found a position within 6 months of the course ending. Furthermore, graduates generally progress through the trainee stage more readily due to their basic practical training and extensive theoretical knowledge. Clinically qualified students tend to be from overseas and the majority return to their countries of origin to work in assisted conception units. A smaller number obtain further training in the clinical aspects of this specialty in conception units in the UK. Alternatively, an increasing number of both scientists and clinicians go on to enrol in a full-time research degree (MD, PhD) and the research based orientation of the M.Med.Sci (ART) equips graduates admirably for this career choice. Course Assessment A variety of assessment strategies are utilised throughout the programme as follows: Course work ? Research project dissertation 30% ? Laboratory Practical reports 10% ? In-Course essays 10% ? Project Proposal 3% Examinations ? Written examinations Semesters 1 and 2 45% ? Oral examination 2% Outline description of the course structure The course is studied over a period of one year, full time, and has three basic components:

The MMedSci in Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) is a one year full time course, consisting of two semesters of lectures and practical work and a summer research project. Its aim is to furnish graduates with the formal theoretical and practical training necessary within this highly specialised discipline which encompasses both the biological processes of mammalian reproduction that are...

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