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Mrs Joanna Pajerska

Email: j.pajerska@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7905 2958

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Cardiovascular Science

Key facts

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Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Cardiovascular Science MSc

Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. This new MSc, taught by scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their field, offers students the opportunity to learn about topical areas in cardiovascular science, preparing them for further research or a career in industry.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop a detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular cardiovascular science, animal models of cardiovascular disease, microvascular biology and the mechanisms by which the heart and vasculature function in health and disease, as well as statistical methodology. They will gain valuable research skills and an awareness of the ethical, legal and social aspects of developments in cardiovascular disease.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Institute of Cardiovascular Science at UCL brings together world leading scientists and clinicians working in cardiovascular research to provide innovative research for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation, world-class teaching and training, and forward-thinking policy development.

UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. This interdisciplinary programme is taught in collaboration with UCLH, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Child Health, the UCL Heart Hospital, and Great Ormond Street Hospital, offering students access to a world leading community at the forefront of cardiovascular research.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research project (60 credits). The optional modules offer either a clinical or a non-clinical route.

An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

An exit-level Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Microvascular Biology
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Science


  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
  • Drug Discovery II

  • Clinical Cardiology
  • Congenital Heart Disease: Fundamentals
  • Congenital Heart Disease: Management

Research dissertation

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, journal clubs and practicals. Assessment is through written and oral examinations, essays, written reports, portfolios, literature reviews, oral presentations, coursework and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a scientific or medical discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for both scientists and clinicians who wish to gain a thorough background in cardiovascular science, either for further research in this field or for entry into the pharma industry.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Cardiovascular Science at graduate level
  • why you want to study Cardiovascular Science at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.


Graduates of this programme will be well placed for a PhD in this field and a career in research, and will have a sound basis for entry into the pharma industry. The programme also provides an excellent training towards related fields such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2013, therefore no career destinations are currently available.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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