Reproductive Medicine: Science and Ethics (MSc)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Reproductive Medicine: Science and Ethics at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

Our expertise in disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology and biomedical science allow us to exploit technology and develop ground-breaking ideas in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, protein science, biophysics and computational biology. Fields of enquiry encompass a range of molecular processes from cell division, transcription and translation through to molecular motors, molecular diagnostics and the production of biotherapeutics and bioenergy.

Reasons to study Reproductive Medicine: Science and Ethics at Kent
  • Research in the School of Biosciences focuses on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedical research. 
  • We offer a wide range of Master’s research projects for you to choose from. Find one to suit you from our projects for September 2022.
  • Our academic staff are leading experts in reproductive medicine, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision. Find out about the staff who are open to supervising research students, together with their research interests.
  • The School is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, and our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for both teaching and research.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the scientific basis of reproductive medicine including aspects of developmental biology, infection, genetics, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • the medical basis of reproductive medicine including the clinical decision making process that affects patients
  • the workings of clinics and scientific laboratories that routinely practice reproductive medicine
  • the social, ethical and legal mechanisms that have influenced (and continue to influence) the acquisition of scientific knowledge in the field of reproductive medicine
  • the ethical context of the practice of reproductive medicine and scholarly debates surrounding it
  • mechanisms by which different professions in reproductive medicine deal with complex scientific information and disseminate this information to their patients and/or audiences
  • the social, political and economic impact of reproductive medicine
  • the processes though which research leads to knowledge and ultimately clinical practice.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • the ability to investigate and collate information from the medical, scientific and social science literature, then analyse and synthesise it to address particular issues pertaining to reproductive medicine
  • the ability to understand the range and scope of teaching and assessment methods and study skills relevant to the various academic disciplines that encompass reproductive medicine
  • the ability to differentiate between points of view that lead to different lines of investigation and contribute to reproductive medicine
  • the ability to present reasoned medical, scientific, legal and ethical arguments based on reflection, study and critical judgement.
  • the ability to understand the needs for different modes of communication to different audiences including patients, clinicians, academics and the public
  • the ability to engage in effective and intelligent discussion with people of varied training and perspectives
  • an intellectual capacity and skill set that spans the disciplines of medicine, science and social sciences.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • the critical faculties involved in searching and reviewing the scientific literature
  • an awareness of the various techniques and processes used in the production of scientific knowledge
  • basic practical competence in skills relevant to an IVF laboratory
  • an ability to source and deconstruct legal arguments
  • to find information on science communication from a wide range of information sources (eg journals, books, electronic databases) and maintain an effective information retrieval strategy
  • an understanding and application of scholarly methods and concepts used in the critical study of science, technology and medicine
  • an understanding of the role of the clinician in reproductive medicine and factors affecting the decision-making processes that lead to patient management.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to reflect on, and manage your own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your own performance and personal skills
  • independence of mind and initiative
  • self-discipline and self-motivation
  • the ability to work in a team and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly, create and respond to textual and visual sources (eg images, graphs, tables), present information orally, adapt your style for different audiences
  • numeracy: the ability to read graphs and tables, integrate numerical and non-numerical information, understand the limits and potentialities of medical, scientific, legal and ethical disciplines
  • information technology: the ability to evaluate critically and communicate effectively in a number of the following formats: written documents, email, databases, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, web sites, social networking media.

This programme aims to:

  • provide you with an academic framework to underpin a career in any area of reproductive medicine
  • enable you to understand the social and professional processes by which reproductive medicine operates at a scientific, medical, social, ethical and legal level
  • give you an understanding of the process of academic investigation in a range of academic disciplines relevant to reproductive medicine
  • provide a stimulating, research-active environment for teaching and learning in which you are supported and motivated to achieve your academic and personal potential
  • facilitate a valuable learning experience through a variety of teaching and assessment methods that will promote the assimilation, comprehension, analysis application, synthesis and evaluation of the knowledge base
  • give you the experience of undertaking an independent research project or dissertation
  • prepare you for further training and employment both in science and non-science based careers by developing transferable and cognitive skills
  • develop the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of professionalism, independent thought, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.
  • provide access to as wide a range of students as practicable.

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Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

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