Taught course

Cardiovascular Health and Disease

University of Leeds · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

BSc 1st class or 2i, or equivalent (e.g. a pass in MBChB) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. biological science, medicine, healthcare science or a relevant allied health degree).

Applicants with a 2ii in a relevant scientific discipline will be considered if they have extensive experience working in a professional healthcare, scientific or clinical role (minimum of 1 year experience required). Alternatively, a candidate may offer recognised relevant professional qualifications/experience (as a guide, a minimum of 2 years’ experience would be required for candidates who do not have a relevant degree).

The course is also available as an intercalated MSc programme to students who have completed three years of a medical degree and are normally ranked in the top 50% of their year of study. Read more at intercalation.

The optional Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology module (EPIB5032M) has additional requirements. Students need a first degree (at least a 2i) in a quantitative and/or scientific subject with substantial maths, statistics, or numerical component. Work experience (>2 years) in a similar quantitative field will be counted equivalently. A strong basic knowledge of statistics is assumed (e.g. hypothesis testing, regression analysis, experience of data analysis using statistical software), as well as knowledge of the basics of R.

Months of entry


Course content

Diseases of the heart and circulatory system are the leading cause of death globally, with the majority of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income countries. At Leeds, we are dedicated to improving the prognosis of cardiovascular disease through discovery science, clinical and health research.

Join our world leading institute working in cardiovascular and diabetes research to improve patient outcomes and develop your skills and knowledge. Contribute to impactful research and make a difference.

Our MSc provides a detailed understanding of cardiovascular health and disease at the levels of the heart, vasculature, blood and diabetes. Our expert academics will advance your knowledge of areas including:

  • Clinical simulation training
  • Advanced biomolecular technologies
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Clinical trials research
  • Bioinformatics

Whether you are a recent graduate, or a professional looking to advance your career, our course will prepare you for your next step in bioscience industries, the healthcare sector, academia, or research.

Make an impact

  • Learn in an internationally excellent cardiovascular and diabetes research and teaching community
  • Create a bespoke learning experience with optional modules that reflect your personal and professional interests
  • Work with leading cardiovascular researchers, clinicians and Healthcare Science Practitioners
  • Complete an extensive research project in an area of your choosing - whether science, clinical or health related
  • Develop the necessary skills for employment in industry, the NHS or areas of professional practice employment, careers in Academia or a higher research degree.
  • Learn from leading experts across the University with modules from Medicine and Health, Biological Sciences and the Business School

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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