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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

A first or 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, or a recognised taught Master's degree. Fourth-year medical students wanting to undertake an intercalated MSc will also be considered.

English language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

  • Heart and Circulation
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Science
  • Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease - Fundamentals
  • Cardiovascular Disease

Options

  • Microvascular Biology
  • Clinical Cardiology
  • <strong>CLINICAL ROUTE</strong>
  • Drug Discovery II<br><br>
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • <strong>NON-CLINICAL ROUTE</strong>

Dissertation/report

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.

Funding

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Careers

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 78 staff › 12 taught students › 54 research students

Department: Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL is a prestigious university with an international reputation in the research field. I investigate novel therapies for protecting coronary heart disease patients from acute ischaemia-reperfusion injury during heart attack or during cardiac bypass surgery, thereby preventing heart failure and improving patient survival."

Professor Derek Hausenloy

Subject: MSc Cardiovascular Science

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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