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    07 November 2019

The Cardiovascular Research MSc offers an advanced theoretical and practical foundation in cardiovascular research. You will be taught by academic specialists who actively research the mechanisms that underlie human cardiovascular disease. This course is designed for biomedical science and medically qualified graduates who wish to pursue further academic studies or employment in a research environment.

Key benefits

  • Research-led study programme that is hosted within a leading British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded cardiovascular research centre.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues.
  • A highly successful study course that offers entry into a research career, with two-thirds of graduates progressing to a PhD, MD or Specialist Cardiology training.


The Cardiovascular Research MSc course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in specialist technical skills.

Initially, you will explore Fundamental and Applied Cardiovascular Research modules as well as Cardiovascular Skills before completing a research project and dissertation worth 90 credits. You will become part of a research team for approximately six months where you will design and conduct a research project under appropriate supervision.

You must study modules with a total of 180 credits to complete the programme. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September.

At the end of the course students will be able to: Evaluate and assimilate the scientific literature in a given subject area and to think critically about the results and methods.  Devise a hypothesis that can be tested experimentally. Analyse data, appreciate the value of reproducibility of data and draw valid conclusions. Collect data and apply appropriate methods to test a hypothesis. Develop an ability to comprehend and synthesise complex information. Organize a work-schedule, stick to deadlines, and prioritize activities. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and through writing.

Full details of the programme can be found in the booklet which contains the major part of the course handbook.

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake 700 hours of independent study.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo campus. The projects will be in the supervisors’ laboratories, which can be on Waterloo, Guys, St Thomas’ or Denmark Hill campuses

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught. 

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for students.

Career prospects

PhD, laboratory-based research career in academia or industry, other science-related careers. Medical graduates often subsequently pursue a specialism in cardiology.

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