This programme provides you with a deep and broad overview of the modern practice of reproductive medicine. With interactive laboratory based sessions you gain the practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and the clinic and learn how these can be applied to the development of new therapies. This programme will be of interest to prospective researchers, clinical embryologists, clinical scientists or individuals simply interested in reproductive medicine.
The MSc is taught by world-leading academics at the University of Kent and leading industry practitioners from the London Bridge Fertility Centre.
About the School of Biosciences
The School of Biosciences is among the best-funded schools of its kind in the UK, with current support from the BBSRC, NERC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, EU, and industry. It has 40 academic staff, 56 research staff (facility managers, research fellows, postdoctoral researchers and technicians), approximately 100 postgraduate students and 20 key support staff. The school's vibrant atmosphere has expanded to become a flourishing environment to study for postgraduate degrees in a notably friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.
Research in the School of Biosciences revolves around understanding systems and processes in the living cell. It has a strong molecular focus with leading-edge activities that are synergistic with one another and complementary to the teaching provision. Our expertise in disciplines such as biochemistry, microbiology and biomedical science allows us to exploit technology and develop groundbreaking ideas in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, protein science and biophysics. 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.
In addition to research degrees, our key research strengths underpin a range of unique and career-focused taught Master’s programmes that address key issues and challenges within the biosciences and pharmaceutical industries and prepare graduates for future employment.
Kent & Medway Medical School
Kent is moving forward with the Kent & Medway Medical School (KMMS), due to take the first cohort of students in September 2020.
The Medical School will be a significant addition to the University, with exciting opportunities for education and research in the School of Biosciences.
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.
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.
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.
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.