Taught course

Cardiovascular Health and Disease

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (at least an Upper Second) or international equivalent in an appropriate biological or medical subject. We will consider candidates with a Lower Second in exceptional circumstances.

Intercalating students on the Manchester MBChB must have had satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 3 or 4. For St Andrews students, this includes your three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester.

We also accept intercalating medical students from other UK universities, including home medical and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research.

We do not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals. This course is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MRes Cardiovascular Health and Disease course is a research-focused master's course focusing on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment.

A Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research, ideal if you want to eventually progress on to a PhD and develop a research career, or if you wish to gain research skills within specialist areas before committing to a PhD. This course is also highly suited to medical students who want to intercalate.

Through this course, you will develop broad biomedical research skills, but with an emphasis on application to cardiovascular science.

It is now widely recognised by employers and research councils that unravelling the basis of cardiovascular disease and developing new therapies is a high-priority area for investment, especially since the economic burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing.

However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. This MRes has been specifically designed to fill this gap for those who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular sciences.

Our course is suitable if you come from a medical or science background and have little or no previous research experience.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 in all components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are:

  • minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

We must approve this before you apply for the English course.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44(0)161 275 5220