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Translational Cardiovascular Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme aims to develop your interest in translational cardiovascular research and medicine and equip you with an enhanced knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the current approaches and emerging research in this area. The programme, which is delivered by clinicians and scientists, provides a firm theoretical grounding in the basic scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, and will help you to develop essential skills and prepare for employment or a further higher degree in this field. In addition, you will be introduced to key practical techniques employed in this field.

The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including scientists and clinicians. Students have the option to study by distance learning or on campus. For distance learning students two-week residential workshops will be held in Bristol, comprising lectures and seminars as well as journal clubs, practical sessions, visits to clinical sessions and assessments. Campus-based students will attend lectures, seminars, journal clubs, visits to clinical sessions, tutorials and practicals in Bristol. Each module will comprise tutorials and lectures plus essays and assessments.

Programme structure

Core units
-Generic Laboratory Skills
-Clinical Trials and Statistics
-Coronary Artery Disease I
-Coronary Artery Disease II
-Heart and Valve Disease
-Paediatric Heart Disease
-Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke

Research project
This can either be a 'wet' (based in Bristol) or a 'dry' (remote) project of an appropriate area of study. It will be presented both in written form and orally with a mini presentation.


Our MSc programme is suitable for a wide range of students: basic scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (eg radiologists, perfusionists, cardiac nurses). The course may enable students to go on to apply for a PhD, or become an allied health professional. In addition, it should enable students to progress in their current careers.

Visit the Translational Cardiovascular Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Seamus Cook

5286.jpg Before attending the University of Bristol, I studied Physiological sciences (BSc) at Newcastle University. I graduated and went straight into studying the masters course.

I have an interest in translational research/medicine, with a focus on cardiovascular medicine. From online research, I could not find a course that encompassed my interests more than the course at Bristol. I was also very aware of the internationally renowned reputation of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Heart Institute.

The University of Bristol has a strong academic background and it is clear that prides itself on producing well informed, high achieving graduates. With that being said, the University has a friendly atmosphere and caters for a plethora of extra-curricular interests.

I have always lived in Bristol and therefore already knew that it was a dynamic city that catered for people of all interests.

I have enjoyed the mixture of an interesting course, excellent teaching, fantastic facilities and being in such a great city.

The most impressive aspect of my programme has been just how much material I have been taught. The material is always so informative and informed by research. The course has also changed my thought process somewhat, stimulating me to problem solve and to challenge information as opposed to merely accepting it, a critical attribute for a clinician.

After completing my studies, I plan to pursue a career in academic medicine, with hopes to conduct translational research as a clinician.


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class (or, possibly, a lower second-class) honours degree in a science or medicine-related subject. Basic computer skills, including word-processing and email. Access to a computer with internet (preferably broadband) access for the duration of the programme.

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