Research course

Cardiovascular Research

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

Research experience.

Months of entry

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Course content

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases. We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies. In 2008, the Centre was designated as one four British Heart Foundation Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and was awarded £7.6M over a six-year period. Major research efforts are directed at the following key themes: The metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease Mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and disruption Prenatal programming of cardiovascular disease Renal dysfunction and hypertension Mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction Circadian Biology Cell Biology

Training Schemes:

The Centre offers training to clinicians and basic scientists from biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds. Several training schemes are offered, covering full and part time study, which can be applied for through this website. In addition, there are three distinct 4-year PhD programmes, applications for which should be made directly to the Centre. Visit the CVS website for more information on Training.

Department specialisms

Mechanisms of Vascular Injury; Genetics; Cardiac Disease.

Fees and funding

The Centre offers studentships funded by the College of Medicine and Veternary Medicine and a total of 7 British Heart Foundation studentships annually.The BBSRC funds PhD places focused on the mechanisms of ageing.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Matthew Bailey (Postgraduate Contact)
+44 (0) 131 242 6720
+44 (0) 131 242 6782