Research course

Cardiovascular Sciences

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree, or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK, in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Cardiovascular Sciences programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Cardiovascular diseases are major causes of mortality and morbidity in developed and developing countries worldwide.

Our research spans five main themes:

  • cardiovascular genetics and development;
  • experimental cardiology;
  • vascular biology/hypertension;
  • stroke;
  • clinical cardiovascular research;

We adopt an integrated 'bench-to-bedside' translational approach for understanding the underlying mechanisms responsible for the functioning of the cardiovascular system in both health and disease.

To this end, there is a wide spectrum of research spanning clinical trials, small and large animal models of cardiovascular diseases, whole organs and tissues, cells and single molecule studies. Working together in purpose-built facilities provides for a stimulating and cutting-edge environment.

Examples of research programmes include:

  • cardiac and vascular electrophysiology;
  • cardiac conduction system;
  • calcium and second messenger signalling in the heart and vasculature;
  • heart failure and arrhythmias;
  • hypertrophic signalling pathways in the heart;
  • cardiovascular genetics and development;
  • cellular and protein structure;
  • comparative biology and mitochondrial function;
  • computer modelling;
  • hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes research;
  • vascular biology of small and large arteries;
  • angiogenesis and endothelial biology;
  • stroke;
  • cardiovascular imaging;
  • induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) models of cardiovascular disease;
  • cardiac and vascular regeneration;
  • renal physiology and genetics;
  • renal medicine;

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608