MRes Cardiovascular Medicine: From Molecules to Man

University of Sheffield    Medical School

Full time September MRes 1 year full time

About the course

Learn from clinicians and academics in a unique research environment. This course gives you insight into cutting-edge research, both in the lab and in the clinic. You'll work alongside experts in the cardiovascular field for a hypothesis-driven laboratory research project.

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Victoria Ridger

The WHO estimates that by 2030 more than 23 million people will die annually from heart disease. The discovery of effective and novel treatments for disease starts with understanding the molecular and cellular processes involved.

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Entry Requirements

2:1 in a relevant science undergraduate degree. A 2:2 may be considered with strong performance in research-related modules. We also welcome medical graduates as well as UK medical undergraduates wishing to intercalate.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


Home (2022 annual fee) : £11,500
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Student Profile(s)

Ben Fidock

“Studying in Sheffield has been really rewarding, as well as studying under lecturers that are experts in their fields and are passionate about the subject”, explains Ben Fidock, who intercalated from his undergraduate Medicine course to study MRes Cardiovascular within Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease. “It has been a great opportunity to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds, as well as attend conferences which included a fantastic trip to Venice.”

During the Venice conference Ben competed against presenters from across Europe by presenting his work to an audience, which won the award for best moderated E-Poster of the session. Ben adds, “I have managed to publish two systematic reviews and I’m currently working on an original research paper using the results from my research project. I also won the 3rd place prize at the MRes showcase event that was held at the Northern General hospital, where everyone on the course presented their research projects.”

“I chose the Masters programme because it involved both biomedical science and clinical medicine aspects, which were an interesting change from the medical degree. I also chose to do my intercalated year in Sheffield as I love the city – It’s friendly with plenty of outdoor spaces and I am very involved in the University of Sheffield Swimming and Water Polo club.”

The course involved a mixture of both taught modules and a large independent research project. Ben explains, “I really enjoyed the taught modules and assignments as they were very varied and covered areas that I had not studied before. I chose to do my project on using MRI images to accurately quantify mitral regurgitation volume, and I really enjoyed this as I was able to work independently and make my own decisions.”

Ben is looking forward to completing his final two years of Medicine and is looking to specialise in acute or cardiovascular medicine, with hopes to stay in Sheffield after graduating.

Louise Robb

Louise Robb has won an award at the Best of the Best Clinical Abstracts Winner - Acute Coronary Syndromes and Interventional Cardiology.

Louise performed the largest study of actual coronary blood flow in humans ever conducted. Using a tool called virtuQ, developed in the department for Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular disease at the University of Sheffield, and discovered that the current gold standard test for diagnosing coronary disease and guiding its treatment was only semi-quantitative, compared with the new tool.

Her work suggests that we may be able to improve how we select patients for interventional treatments like stenting and surgery. It's fantastic that her work has been recognised at the BCS conference and has attracted this prestigious award.


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