2020 start

Cardiovascular Medicine: From Molecules to Man

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Learn from clinicians and academics in a unique research environment. This course gives you insight into cutting-edge research, both in the lab and in the clinic. You'll work alongside experts in the cardiovascular field for a hypothesis-driven laboratory research project.
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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Victoria Ridger

The WHO estimates that by 2030 more than 23 million people will die annually from cardiovascular disease. The discovery of effective and novel treatments for disease starts with understanding the molecular and cellular processes involved.

The course is delivered by experts within the cardiovascular field, both clinicians and academics. It provides a unique research environment within which students can learn valuable transferable skills encompassing the full range of activity from discovery science at the laboratory bench to the hospital clinic/bedside. The research project forms the major part of your studies, during which time you will be integrated into the department as a member of an established research team.


A Master of Research (MRes) degree, while containing some taught elements, focuses more on research skills. The course will:

  • Provide a good understanding of the basic science as well as some clinical insight into pathological conditions.
  • Give insight into cutting edge research, both in the lab and in the clinic.
  • Provide extended experience of a hypothesis-driven laboratory research project alongside experts in the field.

All of the above will increase your employability in both industry and academia and also provide valuable transferable skills that you can use in whatever career path you choose.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

This MRes is a popular choice for intercalating medical students, providing both taught modules to develop research skills and a deeper knowledge of cardiovascular medicine, as well as an eight-month research project as a foundation to support future clinical academic research opportunities.

An MRes qualification provides medical students with 4 points for their NHS Foundation Programme applications. Further points are awarded for publications arising from the research project.

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Core modules

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There are lectures, seminars, class discussions, workshops, practical demonstrations and interactive tutorials. You’ll be taught by research scientists, clinicians and clinical research managers.

You’ll also learn through private study where you might explore clinical trial literature and other recommended sources of information such as videos and databases.

You'll work alongside experts in the cardiovascular field for a hypothesis-driven laboratory research project, developing practical laboratory skills as well as data analysis and presentation skills.

You’ll write a thesis on your research project with guidance from your supervisor. Tutorials, seminars and one-to-one meetings with staff provide opportunities for discussion and feedback.


Assessment is by oral and poster presentations, short reports and a translational perspectives leaflet. The research project is assessed by an oral presentation and written dissertation.


1 year full-time

Your career

Our graduates find work in many areas and industries. Some have gone onto further training in clinical or non-clinical PhD research, whereas others have returned to medicine.

They have also secured roles as a research technician or assistant, as well as places on a wide variety of graduate training programmes.

Entry requirements

2:1 in a relevant science undergraduate degree. A 2:2 may be considered with strong performance in research-related modules. We also welcome medical graduates as well as UK medical undergraduates wishing to intercalate.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Dr Victoria Ridger


+44 114 215 9549

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.