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MSc Cardiovascular Health and Disease (Research)

UK

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What will I learn?

Course description

Our MSc Cardiovascular Health and Disease course is a research-focused master's course providing training in cutting-edge cardiovascular based research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment.

This course provides preparatory training for academic research and is ideal if you want to eventually progress on to a PhD and develop a research career, or if you wish to gain research skills within specialist areas before committing to a PhD. The course also provides a solid foundation for biomedical careers within the NHS or industry. This course is also highly suited to medical students who want to intercalate.

Through this course, you will develop broad biomedical research skills, but with an emphasis on application to cardiovascular science.

It is now widely recognised by employers and research councils that unravelling the basis of cardiovascular disease and developing new therapies is a high-priority area for investment, especially since the economic burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing.

However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career. This MSc has been specifically designed to fill this gap for those who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular sciences.

Our course is suitable if you come from a medical or science background and have little or no previous research experience.

Aims

Our course is designed to provide you with:

  • specialist knowledge of the principles of the cardiovascular system in health and disease, with an emphasis on emerging technologies (taught lectures / masterclasses);
  • laboratory skills, research methodology and data analysis (25-week project);
  • critical analysis of scientific and medical literature and learning how to write a grant application (literature review and research proposal);
  • intellectual skills for understanding and interpreting research problems (tutorials);
  • communication of scientific data and concepts (oral presentations and written reports);
  • practical, applied skills in a range of research methods through a 25 week project.

Teaching and learning

We have nearly 40 principal investigators in cardiovascular sciences, including clinicians and basic scientists with national and international reputations in their respective fields. There is a wide spectrum of research spanning clinical trials, whole organs, tissues, cells and single molecule studies.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is through a combination of written reports (in journal format), literature review, tutorials and oral presentations. This range of training methods aims to promote a stimulating and dynamic learning environment.

The different course units will enable the development of key transferable skills in the critical analysis of research methodologies, data interrogation, communication and time management.

Career opportunities

After this course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the course is also of value if you want to progress in careers in the pharmaceutical industry, NHS (eg specialist training programmes) or clinical research. Additionally, bioscience students who have graduated from this course have been successful in gaining entry onto 4 year graduate medicine programmes.

This course is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Many of the skills and training provided by the MSc are generic and will have wide application to the study of other disciplines.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£27,000.00 (US$ 33,217) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

We require an honours degree (at least an Upper Second) or international equivalent in an appropriate biological or medical subject. We will consider candidates with a Lower Second in exceptional circumstances. Intercalating students on the Manchester MBChB must have had satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 3 or 4. For St Andrews students, this includes your three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. We also accept intercalating medical students from other UK universities, including home medical and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research. We do not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals. This course is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. Specifically, we require a minimum of: IELTS: 6.5 in all components with 6.5 in all components; TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with no less than 24 in all components).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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