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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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This study course is for students who wish to become specialised graduates with an advanced biomedical knowledge concerning the links between the structure and the purpose of biomolecules and bio-systems operating at cellular and tissue level of the human body, in both physiological and pathological conditions. Read more

This study course is for students who wish to become specialised graduates with an advanced biomedical knowledge concerning the links between the structure and the purpose of biomolecules and bio-systems operating at cellular and tissue level of the human body, in both physiological and pathological conditions. The wide knowledge of the techniques is based on a solid practical activity in laboratories during the internship.

Subject to the educational aims of Class LM-9, the acquired knowledge allows specialized graduates to assist physicians in the diagnostic and therapeutic tasks involving the manipulation of cells, genes, and other biosystems requiring applicants to learn special skills in experimental biotechnology (e.g. Diagnosis and gene therapy; therapy through the use of genetically engineered cells; rational design and development of new medicines based on models of molecular targets known or derived from pharmacogenomic knowledge; preparation of nano-biotechnological tools for advanced diagnostics imaging and drug delivery; modulation of the immune response; diagnostics based on innovative processes of science and medical laboratory techniques; immunotherapy to targeted cells); organize and coordinate laboratory activities for advanced research or for diagnostic examinations requiring the use of biotechnological methods and the manipulation of cells or biotechnological materials; organize and coordinate the experimental protocols of clinical research involving the use of materials or biotechnology techniques; design and perform with autonomy research in biotechnology applied to medicine; lead and coordinate, also in governance, development programs and surveillance of biotechnology applied to human beings, taking into account the ethical, technical, environmental and economic implications.

Course structure

First year: Advanced Biomedical Technologies Or Laboratory Activities 1: Cellular And Molecular Therapies Or Laboratory Activities 2: Molecular And Systems Biology, Laboratory Medicine Technologies And Molecular Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: Design And Analysis Of Biopharmaceuticals, Seminar

Molecular Medicine Curriculum: 6 Months At Ulm University: Glp/Gsp Bioethics, Molecular Oncology, Trauma Research And Regenerative Medicine

Traditional Curriculum: Proteomics And Bioinformatics, Cell And Organ Physiology And Medical Pathophysiology, Genetics, Immunology And General Pathology, Nanobiotechnology

Second year: Experimental Models In Vivo And Vitro, Pharmacology And Molecular Therapies, Stem Cell Biology And Molecular Biology Of Development, Thesis Work

Molecular Medicine Curriculum + Proteomics And Bioinformatics

Career opportunities

Biotechnology physicians will be able to head research laboratories in a predominantly technological and pharmacological environment and coordinate, as well as in terms of management and administration, program development and the monitoring of biotechnology applied on human beings with emphasis on the development of pharmaceutical products and vaccines, taking into account the ethical, technical, and legal implications and environmental protection.

  • To work in industry (pharma, biotech companies) for new diagnostics, molecular therapeutics, regenerative medicine and vaccines
  • To work in academia as a researcher in one of the many fields of Molecular Medicine
  • To be an entrepreneur in Biotech start up companies as a result of scientific discoveries

Graduates will be able to assist doctors in the diagnostic and in the therapeutic phases when those imply the manipulation of cells, genes and other bio systems and when specific biotechnological experimental competences are required.

Scholarships and Fee Waivers

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other organisations offer various scholarship schemes to support students. Below is a list of the funding opportunities that are most often used by international students in Padova.

You can find more information below and on our website here: http://www.unipd.it/en/studying-padova/funding-and-fees/scholarships

You can find more information on fee waivers here: http://www.unipd.it/en/fee-waivers



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