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Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. Read more

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.

About this degree

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, legal and social aspects of developments in cardiovascular disease.

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 Science

Optional modules

30 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:

  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
  • Drug Discovery II
  • Microvascular Biology
  • An Introduction to Molecular Laboratory Methods in Cardiovascular Research
  • Clinical Cardiology (open to clinicians 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.

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and an oral presentation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, journal clubs, a quiz, statistical and laboratory practicals and anatomical examination of human congenital heart disease specimens. Assessment is through written and oral examinations, coursework essays, case reports, journal club and other oral presentations and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Cardiovascular Science MSc

Careers

All graduates of this programme will be well placed for a PhD in this field and a career in research, and will have a sound basis for entry into the pharmaceutical industry.

Basic scientists may use the MSc as a stepping-stone to MBBS studies. The programme also provides an excellent training for related fields such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Doctor, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Senior Lecturer, Lahore Medical & Dental College
  • GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), BPP
  • PhD in Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Surrey
  • PhD in Cardiovascular Science, UCL

Employability

In addition to the academic insight into cardiovascular science, this programme supports the development of a wide range of skills which students will use at work.

Oral and written communication skills are enhanced. Writing essays and the research project dissertation involves searching the literature, selection and interpretation of publications, and organisation of complex ideas into the final report.

Learning activities in the statistics module develop quantitative analytical skills.

Students undertake group and independent projects. They gain insight into research planning and time management. They are supported by a personal tutor and informed by careers events and UCL Careers.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science

80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Our Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. Read more

Our Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is designed for graduates with a BSc in the life sciences or other science disciplines, and for intercalating and fully qualified MBBS or BDS students. It can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route onto a PhD or MD.

What you'll learn

The taught component of the course includes subject-specific content in the area of Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease. You have the flexibility to develop your own bespoke course by selecting additional, complementary modules. You will also participate in training in general research principles, and other professional and key skills.

Your project

Your research project comprises the major element of the course. This project will involve 24 weeks of research in an area of Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease under the supervision of an expert academic researcher in the field.

The course allows you to experience an internationally competitive research area, predominantly in academia but also potentially in industry.

Our MRes courses

Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes is closely linked to a suite of MRes courses that you may also be interested in. See Programme information in our online Prospectus for full details.

Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.



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The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. Read more
The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. COPD is predicted to quickly rise ‘up the charts’ after 2020 because it is unique in being currently untreatable, with four people a minute worldwide dying of this condition.

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease. The RCVS stream covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

Laboratory-based research projects will be directly related to advancing our understanding of heart and lung function and/or dysfunction. Dedicated RCVS sessions on data interpretation are designed to facilitate and complement the project experience.

Most of the tutors on the RCVS stream work at the National Heart & Lung Institute, and represent the largest ‘critical mass’ of research-active, respiratory or cardiovascular science academics in Europe. For example, Professor Peter Barnes (FRS) is the most cited published author for COPD in the world. Consequently, students will be in a premier, cutting-edge environment of respiratory and cardiovascular teaching and research.

After completion of the RCVS stream the student will be able to:

-Describe the basic physiology of cardiac function
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major cardiovascular diseases (for example, cardiac ischaemia)
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major respiratory diseases, including asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis
-Understand the advantages and limitations of animal models of respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Understand the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Use library and other research sources effectively
-Design laboratory-based experiments to effectively test a specified hypothesis, incorporating use of appropriate controls
-Interpret data sets, depict data in an appropriate graphic format and apply appropriate statistical analysis
-Understand and be able to use bioinformatic approaches
-Be able to write a grant proposal for a research project
-Be able to present research project data in various formats, including as a poster, an oral presentation, a PhD-style write-up and a journal-based research paper write-up
-Be able to read, understand and critically evaluate research papers in peer-review journals

Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The range of projects available to each student is determined by their stream. Students may have access to projects from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream.

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The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether it be in academia, industry or goverment. Read more

The course is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether it be in academia, industry or goverment. To date, of the students who wanted to, the overwhelming majority have gone on to study for a PhD . We will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research.

The course comprises two 5-month research projects and a core programme including grant writing, technical workshops, journal clubs and transferrable skills. Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science Stream

This stream covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. COPD is predicted to quickly rise ‘up the charts’ after 2020 because it is unique in being currently untreatable, with four people a minute worldwide dying of this condition.

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease.

There are studentships available for this biomedical research stream:

IS THIS STREAM FOR YOU?

This stream is aimed at students with a biological or biochemical background wishing to pursue further education in a biomedically relevant area and those that want to undertake research projects aimed at understanding pathophysiological mechanisms underlying respiratory and/or cardiovascular diseases. It is also aimed at students who want to gain a Master’s qualification with a view to undertaking doctoral training, or work in the pharmaceutical industry or in a professional biomedical technical environment.

Careers

Our MRes in Biomedical Research is designed for students looking to pursue a career in biomedical research, whether in academia, industry or government. The overwhelming majority of graduates, who have wanted to continue on to PhD study, have done so.

The course will equip you with the key skills needed to plan, conduct, publish and obtain funding for successful research.

The programme offers training in a vast array of laboratories across the Faculty of Medicine (approximately 700 world leading research groups) and an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field.

* Location will depend on where your projects are based.



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Your programme of study. The Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes programme, which is delivered in a dedicated cardiovascular research centre, provides students with a teaching experience that is truly research led. Read more

Your programme of study

The Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes programme, which is delivered in a dedicated cardiovascular research centre, provides students with a teaching experience that is truly research led.

You will be provided with a cutting-edge view of cardiovascular and metabolic science and have the opportunity to carry-out a research project supervised by internationally recognised experts in cardiovascular and diabetes research.A unique experience for students is provided through the established excellence in nutrition research at the Rowett Institute, the input of doctors to the teaching and the international recognition of cardiovascular lab research. 

Upon graduation, you will have the skills to meet the gap in the areas of cardiovascular, diabetes and nutrition research, as identified by the Scottish and UK governments and major research funders.

Courses listed for the programme

MSc 12 months

Semester 1 - Compulsory

  • Cardiovascular health and disease
  • Introduction to immunology

Semester 1 - Optional

  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Nutrition and health
  • Small molecule drug discovery
  • Bioinformatics

Semester 2 - Compulsory

  • Diabetes and metabolism
  • Basic research methods

Semester 2 - Optional

  • Immunogenetics
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Biologic drug discovery
  • Advanced bioinformatics and genome sequencing

Semester 3

  • Individual Research Project

PgCert 4 months

Please contact for more information about this programme.

PgDip 9 months

Please contact for more information about this programme.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Experts, who are internationally recognised in the field, will supervise your research project
  • The Foresterhill Healthcare Campus provides excellent cardiovascular imaging facilities, from which you will benefit
  • Elements of cardiovascular and nutritional science in the context of obesity and metabolic health are uniquely integrated to the programme

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months, 9 Months or 4 Months
  • Full Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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Research profile. The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases. Read more

Research profile

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases.

We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies.

In 2008, the Centre was designated as one four British Heart Foundation Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and was awarded £7.6M over a six-year period.

Major research efforts are directed at:

  • the metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and disruption
  • prenatal programming of cardiovascular disease
  • renal dysfunction and hypertension
  • mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction
  • circadian biology
  • cell biology

Training and support

The Centre has an excellent track record for training provision to basic scientists and clinicians. Trainees on our programmes receive direct support from at least two academic advisors during their studies and a dedicated thesis committee provides guidance throughout the programme of research. In addition to research training, the Centre boasts both an active seminar series and a forum for presentation of research in progress.

The Centre offers training to clinicians and basic scientists from biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds. Several training schemes are offered, covering full- and part-time study.

In addition, there are three distinct 4-year PhD programmes, applications for which should be made directly to the Centre.

Facilities

The CVS is situated in the £50 million, purpose-built Queen's Medical Research Institute adjacent to the new Medical School and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France. Trainees can access the BHF Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities. In addition, the Centre supports a high quality suite for in vivo physiological studies.



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Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease. Read more

Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease.

Course details

The programme consists of compulsory taught and research elements. The taught aspects include training in key research skills including scientific writing, critical analysis of literature, presentation skills and a research toolkit module covering key experimental techniques. You will also study a specific module on cardiovascular science to ensure that you have a basic grounding of all aspects of the field and to introduce the topics and research questions on which your project will be based.

Learning and teaching

In the first term, you will undertake three taught modules covering cardiovascular biology, research methods and research techniques. During this time you will find out about the research projects on offer and select your project. In the second and third terms (January to July), you will work full time in the lab on your chosen project and produce a research thesis.

Employability

It is envisaged that students successful on the course will be appropriate for PhD in the research area.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website



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Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. Read more

Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. This Masters in Cardiovascular Sciences will include specialist training in the epidemiological nature of the disease, in combination with analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie its development. 

Why this programme

  • This course is provided by world leading experts in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. Cardiovascular medicine at Glasgow is rated in the UK’s top ten and has a research grant income of £50m.
  • Research for the MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
  • You will undertake a research project with an established cardiovascular researcher.
  • The Cardiovascular Science degree has a modular based course containing taught elements, tutorial sessions, critical review sessions and hands-on demonstration of current laboratory techniques.
  • Tailored laboratory projects to suit students' expertise and interests.
  • If you are a science or medicine graduate looking to gain knowledge and new skills in the field of cardiovascular medicine, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will have the opportunity to acquire and integrate a knowledge base in many new techniques for research in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including established risk factor measurements, novel imaging techniques, gene therapy, stem cells and the evolving genomics and proteomics fields.
  • Cardiovascular science is a priority area for research funding, in recognition of the fact that new, improved treatments are required and that these can only arise through better understanding of its development. The University of Glasgow has a world-renowned reputation for expertise in cardiovascular research and education. 
  • Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD studies.

Programme structure

In addition to the taught courses you will take part in student-led critical review sessions where you will provide a critical appraisal of a scientific research paper taken from current literature.

You will also take part in an introductory session on how to review a scientific paper, designed to give you experience of reading, summarising and presenting the findings of a scientific publication in a critical manner.

Core courses

  • Clinical Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Established and Novel Research Techniques
  • Evidence-based Research in Medicine
  • Medical Statistics
  • Topics in Therapeutics: General Topics and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Topics in Therapeutics: Commonly Used Drugs
  • Pharmacogenomic and Molecular Medicine: Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine 
  • Pharmacogenomic and Molecular Medicine: Applied Pharamcogenomics and Molecular Medicine

Optional courses

  • Basic Science Diabetes and Vascular Disease
  • Clinical and Research Audit

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project supervised by an established cardiovascular researcher.

Career prospects

Successful graduates will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular research. Career opportunities include education, clinical translational cardiovascular research, public health bodies or commercial industrial research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Students who have completed course are currently employed in NHS, PhD programmes, academia and industry.



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Research profile. The aim of this programme is to give you a broad-based training in biomedical research, with a focus on cardiovascular science. Read more

Research profile

The aim of this programme is to give you a broad-based training in biomedical research, with a focus on cardiovascular science. This includes an introduction to cardiovascular development, the development of cardiovascular disease, organ function and dysfunction, and the cardiovascular system in reproduction and inflammation.

You will gain an integrated view of the physiology and pathology of cardiovascular system from both basic and clinical scientists.

Programme structure

You will attend research seminars and tutorials by senior clinicians and basic scientists, and conduct three research projects in the internationally renowned laboratories of the Centre for Cardiovascular Science.

You will also deliver research-orientated presentations and gain skills in critical reading of scientific literature and in the writing of scientific reports.

Programme Assessment

Students produce written reports from each of their research projects, which are assessed by two of the Centre’s PIs. The research supervisor also contributes a mark based on performance in the laboratory.

Career opportunities

This is the ideal programme for high-calibre students who wish to progress to a PhD in cardiovascular science.



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MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare. Our degrees in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare are designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including: healthcare scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and advanced practitioners. Read more

MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

Our degrees in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare are designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including: healthcare scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and advanced practitioners.

It will take you through a programme of learning to deepen your knowledge and skills in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, enabling you to enhance your career in your chosen field.

The multidisciplinary lecturers will draw on their clinical and research experience at national and international level to facilitate your learning.

You will have the opportunity to discuss new technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of ill-health and their impact on the delivery of person-centred healthcare.

The course is flexible and modular, and available as a full- or part-time MSc, delivered over one or two years respectively. It is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and distance learning.

Register your interest: Keep up to date about news, events and application information by joining our mailing list. We will let you know of upcoming deadlines and events, and send you relevant emails related to the programme - sign up here:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/medicine/cardiovascular-healthcare/register-your-interest/

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are made up of core and optional taught modules. The MSc is made of the certificate, diploma and an extensive research project.

Streams

There are four study streams available and MSc students will receive a different award based upon the stream chosen and modules studied.

  • General stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare
  • Cardiovascular Care stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Cardiovascular Care)
  • Nursing stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Nursing)
  • Respiratory Care stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Respiratory Care)

Structure - MSc

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Reflections and Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Provides a broad understanding of the practice of cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, an opportunity to observe clinical practice and reflect on the reality of health service provision.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Research project

You complete an extensive research project assessed by a written dissertation and oral presentation. The research project can be undertaken in a variety of settings, and will be supervised by a member of the faculty at Imperial.

Your supervisor will provide guidance and support for developing the research question, design of the project and data collection, thesis writing and oral presentation.

We offer four types of project:

  • Primary research using quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Systematic review or qualitative synthesis of the literature
  • An analysis of data from research databases or registries
  • Clinical service improvement

Structure - PG Certificate

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Structure - PG Diploma

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support


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Our MRes Cardiovascular Health and Disease course is a research-focused master's course focusing on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment. Read more

Our MRes Cardiovascular Health and Disease course is a research-focused master's course focusing on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment.

Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research, ideal if you want to eventually progress on to a PhD and develop a research career, or if you wish to gain research skills within specialist areas before committing to a PhD. This course is also highly suited to medical students who want to intercalate.

Through this course, you will develop broad biomedical research skills, but with an emphasis on application to cardiovascular science.

It is now widely recognised by employers and research councils that unravelling the basis of cardiovascular disease and developing new therapies is a high-priority area for investment, especially since the economic burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing.

However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. This MRes has been specifically designed to fill this gap for those who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular sciences.

Our course is suitable if you come from a medical or science background and have little or no previous research experience.

Aims

Our course is designed to provide you with:

  • specialist knowledge of the principles of the cardiovascular system in health and disease, with an emphasis on emerging technologies (taught lectures);
  • laboratory skills, research methodology and data analysis (two research projects);
  • critical analysis of scientific and medical literature (literature review);
  • intellectual skills for understanding and interpreting research problems (tutorials);
  • communication of scientific data and concepts (oral presentations and written reports).

Special features

Learn from the experts

The University is home to around 40 principal investigators in cardiovascular sciences, including clinicians and basic scientists with national and international reputations in their respective fields.

Additional course information

Research topic examples:

  • Coronary arterial contractility and endothelial function
  • Sick sinus syndrome and gene therapy
  • Can we un-stiffen arteries?
  • Cellular basis of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Elucidation of the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis
  • The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in heart failure
  • Mechanisms of diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • Cell signalling in vascular smooth muscle
  • Cellular dysfunction and EC remodelling in heart disease and ageing
  • Development of a novel therapeutic approach to cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure

Teaching and learning

We have nearly 40 principal investigators in cardiovascular sciences, including clinicians and basic scientists with national and international reputations in their respective fields. There is a wide spectrum of research spanning clinical trials, whole organs, tissues, cells and single molecule studies.

Contributors to this course include:

You will learn through a range of teaching methods, including seminars, workshops and tutorials, as well as through research projects (25 weeks).

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is through a combination of written reports (in journal format), literature review, problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials and oral presentations.

This range of training methods aims to promote a stimulating and dynamic learning environment. The different course units will enable the development of key transferable skills in the critical analysis of research methodologies, data interrogation, communication and time management.

Course unit details

Clinical Masterclass course unit:

The Clinical Masterclass course unit is a 15 credit unit specifically designed for intercalated medical students. The unit consists of a series of seminars, workshops and e-learning.

This unit contributes to personal and professional development in the experience, knowledge and skills training required for effective clinical practice and success, with a strong emphasis on clinical academic research.

Areas covered include:

  • advanced Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • research governance and the regulatory framework for research
  • the Human Tissue Act
  • practical clinical ethics
  • patient and public involvement in research
  • diversity/equal opportunities in research/cultural competence
  • research creativity and entrepreneurialism
  • leadership (practitioner, partner and leader roles)

Facilities

Most of our researchers are housed within the Core Technology Facility and AV Hill, purpose-built research centres that have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. This close contact fosters collaboration and discussion and is an excellent environment for students.

You will also be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office 

Career opportunities

After this course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the course is also of value if you want to progress in careers in the pharmaceutical industry or clinical research.

The MRes is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Many of the skills and training provided by the MRes are generic and will have wide application to the study of other disciplines.



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Lead Academic. Dr Victoria Ridger. Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in molecular and clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease?. Read more

Lead Academic: Dr Victoria Ridger

Do you want to develop your knowledge and research skills in molecular and clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease?

This course offers you a unique, research-focussed environment in which to pursue your postgraduate studies. An MRes, whilst still containing some taught elements, focusses on research. The unique features of the course are:

  • Provides a good understanding of the basic science as well as some clinical insight into pathological conditions.
  • Gives insight into cutting edge research, both in the lab and in the clinic.
  • Provides extended experience of a hypothesis-driven laboratory research project alongside experts in the field.

All of the above will increase employability in both industry and academia and also provide valuable transferable skills they can use in whatever career path they wish to choose.

Modules

The course is made up of 4 taught modules of 15 credits each that lay the foundation for your 8 month Research Project (120 credits).

The taught modules are:

Research Skills

This module will develop your skills in information literacy, oral presentation, scientific writing, critical analysis, data analysis, statistics and basic laboratory techniques.

Vascular Cell Biology

This module explores the molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and introduces the students to basic knowledge on which the remaining pathway modules are based. The module builds upon the research in the Department of Cardiovascular Science, exploring the cellular mechanisms, molecules and signalling pathways involved in the pathology of vascular diseases.

Vascular Disease - Models and Clinical Practice

The module examines the value of in vivo model systems in testing hypotheses and the development of classical and emerging therapies is explored. It also examines how basic science is translated into clinical practise and therapy. It covers global epidemiology, drug treatment and clinical intervention and considers relevant ethical issues. Students will have the opportunity to visit the cardiovascular and cardiology clinical departments, clinical research facility and to observe a current clinical interventional technique.

Critical Review

This module aims to develop your ability to retrieve information from appropriate sources, and synthesise and critically analyse published literature. It follows on from the information literacy training you will receive in the Research Skills module. The subject of your critical review is linked to your research project, which you will have chosen immediately prior to the start of this module. You will write a review of the recent literature on the background to your future laboratory research project, as if it were intended for publication as a short review article or as the background section of a grant application.

Research Project

The research project provides the opportunity to learn and apply research methods to test a specific scientific hypothesis using the knowledge gained in the previous taught modules of the course. A list of projects will be made available at the start of the course, where students are offered the opportunity to discuss and select their projects. The project takes place over 30 weeks, culminating in an oral presentation and dissertation detailing the research findings and placing the work within a greater scientific context. Students will be expected to join in with the departmental seminars, research group meetings, journal clubs and supervisor meetings, to learn and experience the role of a scientific researcher, by undertaking laboratory based research. Examples of projects are on our website.

Teaching Methods

The course aims to encourage students to work individually, in groups and as part of the Department. It integrates a wide range of teaching styles to provide theoretical information, including lectures, seminars, class discussions/workshops, practical demonstration classes, simulations and interactive tutorials.

Basic practical laboratory skills, data analysis and presentation will be acquired during the Research Skills module and expanded during the research project, which is carried out in a research laboratory under the supervision of an experienced member of staff. The student will write a thesis on the research project with guidance from the supervisor. Tutorials, seminars and individual meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback.

Lecture slides are provided for download prior to lectures for students to prepare in advance. Students may also be directed to useful databases, clinical trial literature, or YouTube videos that help explain concepts. Private study, to ensure the understanding and assimilation of the material delivered by lectures, is recommended.

Fees

For information on course fees please go to the fees calculator webpage. The course code is CDLT01.

For information on funding please got the the funding calculator webpage.

What our student's say:

"The MRes in Cardiovascular Medicine allows development of research skills alongside scientific knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, all taught by leading experts in the field. The opportunity to work alongside established academics in contributing to world-class research produced by the university, is both enjoyable and invaluable." Roshni Solanki, current intercalating student.



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This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. Read more

Programme overview

This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, as well as intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses, data interpretation and science communication.

The core of the programme is a six-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised translational cardiovascular medicine research groups. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for clinical and bioscience graduates who wish to develop their research skills within this exciting field. It is also suitable for clinical students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, tutorials, seminars, research clubs and practical classes. In addition to four mandatory units relating to research methodology, students choose two units on aspects of cardiovascular science.

Mandatory units

- Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics.
- Further Research Methods in Health Sciences (20 credits)
This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.
- Research Club in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.
- Research Project in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (100 credits)
During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis, present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Plus a choice of two of the following units:

- Coronary Artery Disease I (20 credits)
- Coronary Artery Disease II (20 credits)
- Heart and Valve Disease (20 credits)
- Paediatric Heart Disease (20 credits)
- Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke (20 credits)

Careers

This programme is suitable for those with a bioscience or clinical background who wish to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Our postgraduate diploma online course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in this medical area.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence.
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Develop and deliver interventions for the wider population and safely use preventative cardiovascular approaches in specific cases.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1798-postgraduate-diploma-in-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (20 credits)
This module focuses on the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.

Cardiovascular Risk Management (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
- Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice (20 credits)*
This module develops a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Management of Lipid Disorders (20 credits)
This module ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management (20 credits)
This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations (20 credits)
This module involves gaining a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course promotes and enhances professional skills and knowledge among its students that have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. It is envisaged that students will be GPs, medical trainees in Diabetes, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry in addition to Allied Health Professionals, and Practice Nurses running CV clinics.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box, the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:
- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK
- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine
- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of - FH Wales Professional Advisory Group
- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences. Read more

This programme provides practising healthcare professionals with a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research and health care management in cardiovascular sciences.

It is delivered by faculty based in LSE Health, one of the Department of Social Policy’s associated research centres and one of the world’s most highly rated research and teaching centres, and is offered in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology.

It will prepare you to explore new research, advisory, consulting, and leadership roles through unique modules tailored for practising healthcare professionals. In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics and outcomes research, you will acquire new skills to accelerate or refocus your career. Upon graduation, it will allow you to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. 

Graduate Destinations

This MSc will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work settings, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. Upon graduation, you can expect to take on more responsibility or shift your career focus in the cardiovascular science field.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme



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