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MSc Cardiovascular Science

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year FT; 2 years PT; up to 5 years flexible

Course description
Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. This established MSc programme, taught by scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their field, offers students the opportunity to learn about topical areas in cardiovascular science, preparing them for further research or a career in industry.

Students will develop a detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular cardiovascular science, animal models of cardiovascular disease, microvascular biology and mechanisms by which the heart and vasculature function in health and disease, as well as laboratory and statistical methods. They will gain valuable research skills and an awareness of the ethical and social aspects of developments in cardiovascular disease.

Programme starts
September 2018

Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science brings together world-leading scientists and clinicians working in cardiovascular research to conduct innovative research for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation, and provide world-class teaching and training, and forward-thinking policy development.

UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. This interdisciplinary programme is taught in collaboration with UCLH, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Heart Centre, offering students access to a world-leading community at the forefront of cardiovascular research.

Course structure
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

Core modules

– Cardiovascular Science and Disease
– Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
– Congenital Heart Disease – Fundamentals
– Heart and Circulation (30 credits)
– Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences

Optional modules
30 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:

– Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
– Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Tests
– Drug Discovery II
– Microvascular Biology
– An Introduction to Molecular Laboratory Methods in Cardiovascular Research
– Clinical Cardiology (open to clinicians and intercalating medical students only)

Clinical Cardiology is an academic MSc module rather than a standard clinical placement. The emphasis is on appreciating the impact of advances in cardiovascular science upon clinical practice.

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and an oral presentation.

For more information on course content please visit the programme website.

Home/EU applicants may apply for the MSc Cardiovascular Science Bursaries.

£2,000 (1 yr)


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Who can apply
This programme is designed for scientists, clinically-related staff and clinicians who wish to gain a thorough background in cardiovascular science, either for further research in this field or for entry into the pharmaceutical, healthcare and related industries. Medical students thinking of intercalating on this programme should contact the department to discuss their eligibility.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Any late applications will only be considered after all those received by the closing date.

For more information see our Applications page.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:

– why you want to study Cardiovascular Science at postgraduate level
– why you want to study Cardiovascular Science at UCL
– what particularly attracts you to this programme
– how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
– where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information
Mrs Joanna Pajerska, Education Officer
+44 (0)20 7679 9245

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