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Postgraduate Course: Reproductive Sciences Project I (REBM11021)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryThis course is a 20 week research project on an area within Reproductive Sciences, complemented with a weekly lecture and tutorial programme across the academic discipline. Research into mammalian Reproductive Sciences in human and animal whole organism models and cellular and molecular biology-based systems continues to provide new insights into mechanisms controlling fertility. This enables us to control the processes of reproduction, for instance, by assisted conception techniques (e.g. IVF), to design of novel forms of contraceptives and fertility control agents, and to improve the outcomes for mother and baby during pregnancy and at normal and pre-term delivery. Reproductive Science also addresses important diseases affecting reproductive health, such as endometriosis, pre-eclampsia, polycystic ovary syndrome, testicular dysgenesis syndrome and cancers of the reproductive system. Furthermore, Reproductive Science has helped to shape powerful new research tools, including the production of transgenic animals and therapeutic cloning which offer the prospects of benefit in many branches of the biological, biomedical, medical and veterinary sciences.
Course description A series of lectures and tutorials covering the academic discipline of Reproductive Science, complementing and providing breadth and depth to the laboratory research project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will have to pay Additional Programme Costs
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 500, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 227 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 20 week maxi project write-up (maximum 15,000 words) = 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
This course is the first of two research projects undertaken during the MSc by Research in Reproductive Sciences. The learning outcomes for the course are to provide students with the opportunity to acquire 1/ a broad range of relevant laboratory and analytical research skills and associated generic/transferable skills in Reproductive Sciences, and 2/ a broad and in depth understanding of the academic discipline in order to (a) provide students with thorough and specific preparation for 3 year PhD training in the Reproductive and life sciences, which will award an MSc by Research en route to a PhD and/or (b) provide an opportunity for career exploration in Reproductive Sciences.
Reading List
Current relevant primary and review literature in the Reproductive Sciences academic discipline.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates from the programme will gain the full range of graduate attributes ( This will include becoming an autonomous learner, a critical and reflective thinker and problem solver, professionally and personally effective including at team-working and communication.
KeywordsReP Sc 1
Course organiserProf Nicola Gray
Tel: (0131) 242 6426
Course secretaryMr Dean Ainscough
Tel: (0131) 242 9427
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