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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Other

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    08 February 2018

Course content

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.


Visit the Cardiovascular Sciences - MSc (Med Sci) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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