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.
MSc (Med Sci): 12 months full-time
• This course is provided by world leading experts in the 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 is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
• We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
• The course 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 student’s 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.
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.
• Research methods
• Pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine
• Topics in therapeutics
• Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease
• Established and novel techniques in cardiovascular research.
In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project.
Core and Optional Courses
The MSC (Med Sci) in Cardiovascular Sciences is a 12 month, full time programme. The Programme is made up of five compulsory courses totalling 120 credits plus a Dissertation/Project of 60 credits in order to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The complusory courses are delivered during Semesters 1 and 2 and the Dissertation/Project work is carried out during the summer months.
In addition to the taught components of the Programme, students participate in Topic of the Week sessions. Each week, one or two students will take their turn to prepare and present material for Topic of the Week session. It is intended that each presenter will give an overview of the topic, including a summary of the pharmacological features of the subject, and then lead a discussion among their classmates to the key aspects/controversies of the topic. These sessions are designed to further develop the research, communication and critical appraisal skills of each presenter, and to promote engagement with current issues in pharmocology and medical science amongst the class as a whole.
• Research Methods
• Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine
• Topics in Therapeutics
• Clinical Aspects of Cardiovacular Medicine
• Established and Novel Techniques in Cardiovascular Research
To fulfil the requirements of a masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of work to carry out either a laboratory based or library/clinical data based investigation on a relevant topic of interest. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.
The programme is primarily based in the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC) which is the base for many leading experts in the field of cardiovascular research.
The BHF GCRC is a vibrant environment with excellent research facilities for both basic and clinical science. The close involement of many clinically active staff in delivering the Programme and the excellent interface between clinical and basic scientists provides a unique opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of cardiovascular sciences.
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.