Taught course

Cardiovascular Sciences

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Medicine
Qualifications
MSc(MedSci)

Entry requirements

The programme is open to medical, pharmacy and bioscience graduates. You should have an Honours degree or equivalent in your subject. In exceptional circumstances, other science graduates or bioscience graduates with an Ordinary degree may be eligible, on demonstration of appropriate postgraduate professional experience. Whilst not essential, demonstration of appropriate postgraduate experience or relevant employment may enhance your application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades,

Why this programme

  • 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 for the MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
  • You will undertake a research project with an established cardiovascular researcher.
  • This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.
  • The Cardiovascular Science Degree 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.
  • Research is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
  • Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD Studies.

Programme structure

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.

Core courses

  • Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease
  • Established and novel research techniques
  • Evidence based research in medicine
  • Medical statistics
  • Topics in therapeutics - general topics and cardiovascular disease
  • Topics in therapeutics - commonly used drugs
  • Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - fundamentals of molecular medicine
  • Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - applied pharamcogenomics and molecular medicine

Optional courses

  • Basic science diabetes and vascular disease
  • Clinical and research audit

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project supervised by an established cardiovascular researcher.

Career prospects

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.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

Fees and funding

Scholarships and funding

Qualification and course duration

MSc(MedSci)

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
mvls-cvsciences@glasgow.ac.uk