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    2022 start September 

    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 heart 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, as well as being an excellent route to a PhD. It will also provide valuable transferable skills that you can use in whatever career path you choose.


    We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School 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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    Book a 15-minute online meeting with our course tutor to find out more information and ask further questions.

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    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

     Explore core modules

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    1 year full-time


    Teaching is delivered by research scientists, clinicians and clinical research managers. It consists of lectures supported by interactive tutorials and seminars. Demonstrations, simulations and practical classes are also used. Students will attend departmental seminars and Research in Progress meetings as well as research group meetings once the project has started.


    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.

    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.

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

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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

    Apply now


    Dr Victoria Ridger


    +44 114 215 9549

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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