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    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 discovery of effective and novel treatments for heart disease starts with understanding the molecular and cellular processes involved. These approaches, along with disease processes in model systems, are well established in our department, with some of the world’s foremost research in these areas being conducted in Sheffield. 

    The course is delivered by experts within the cardiovascular field. It provides a unique research environment within which you can learn valuable transferable skills encompassing the full range of activities from discovery science at the laboratory bench to the hospital clinic or bedside. A 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. This course will

    • provide you with a good understanding of basic science as well as some clinical insight into pathological conditions
    • give you insight into cutting-edge research, both in the lab and in the clinic
    • provide you with 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.

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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.

     The course begins with four core modules that cover the fundamentals of cardiovascular disease and research skills. You'll then choose from a selection of projects associated with a particular vascular disease.Explore modules and research project examples

    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 consists of lectures supported by interactive tutorials, seminars, practical classes and simulations.

    In small group teaching classes, you’ll discuss, debate and present on scientific and ethical topics. The biggest part of the course will be your individual research project, working alongside professional scientists. You will attend departmental seminars and Research in Progress meetings as well as research group meetings once your project has started.

    Our teaching covers ethics, practical scientific skills, data analysis skills, and an overview of the current literature. You’ll also develop useful career skills such as presentation, communication, and time management. 


    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 on to 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 in a wide variety of graduate training programmes.

    Many of our students have successfully published the findings from their research project, which has aided their future careers.

    Entry requirements

    You'll need at least a 2:1 in a relevant science undergraduate degree. A 2:2 may be considered with a strong performance in research-related modules.

    We also welcome medical graduates, as well as UK medical undergraduates wishing to intercalate. Find out more on the Medical School website.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    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.

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    More information

    We can link you with our current students to ask about their experiences of postgraduate study at Sheffield and our graduates are often available during open days.

    Contact us for more details


    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.


    We can link you with our current students to ask about their experiences of postgraduate study at Sheffield and our graduates are often available during open days.

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