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What will I learn?

Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Cardiovascular Sciences programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Cardiovascular diseases are major causes of mortality and morbidity in developed and developing countries worldwide.

Our research spans five main themes:

cardiovascular genetics and development;
experimental cardiology;
vascular biology/hypertension;
clinical cardiovascular research.

We adopt an integrated 'bench-to-bedside' translational approach for understanding the underlying mechanisms responsible for the functioning of the cardiovascular system in both health and disease.

To this end, there is a wide spectrum of research spanning clinical trials, small and large animal models of cardiovascular diseases, whole organs and tissues, cells and single molecule studies. Working together in purpose-built facilities provides for a stimulating and cutting-edge environment.

Examples of research programmes include:

  • cardiac and vascular electrophysiology;
  • cardiac conduction system;
  • calcium and second messenger signalling in the heart and vasculature;
  • heart failure and arrhythmias;
  • hypertrophic signalling pathways in the heart;
  • cardiovascular genetics and development;
  • cellular and protein structure;
  • comparative biology and mitochondrial function;
  • computer modelling;
  • hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes research;
  • vascular biology of small and large arteries;
  • angiogenesis and endothelial biology;
  • stroke;
  • cardiovascular imaging;
  • induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) models of cardiovascular disease;
  • cardiac and vascular regeneration.
  • renal physiology and genetics
  • renal medicine

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Standard £24,500, Low £25,500, Medium £32,500, High £37,500
Start date

Expected September 2022


The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,


M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

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