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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
  • Flexible: up to 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£11,460 (FT)
£23,020 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: 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 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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

English Language Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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 five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease - Fundamentals
  • Heart and Circulation (30 credits)
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Science


  • Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
  • Drug Discovery II
  • Microvascular Biology
  • An introduction to Molecular Laboratory Methods in Cardiovascular Research
  • Clinical Cardiology (open to clinicians only)

Research dissertation

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Cardiovascular Science MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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 for 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 conduct innovative research for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation, and provide 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 › 90 staff › 19 taught students › 42 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

MSc Cardiovascular Science
Reader in Cardiovascular Medicine
Student review

"I wanted to study cardiovascular science because I was so fascinated by how common cardiovascular disease is and yet its development and progression is so little understood. It was always my dream to study at UCL since it is one of the best universities in the world and I wanted to work with people who are at the top of their respective fields. Also, the western system of teaching stresses the importance of critical evaluation of literature and research which is better than a system based on memorising as it teaches a 'way of thinking' rather than just pure facts. At the beginning I couldn't get used to the different lifestyle in London - how busy the city is. However I think the diversity and opportunities are huge. The environment is very stimulating and motivated me to want to achieve more. "

Tereza Stupková

Cardiovascular Science MSc
Staff review

"UCL has a strong international reputation in both teaching and research; the breadth of research and subjects, as well as its strong links to several hospitals in London, is second to none. This combination makes UCL a unique environment in which to learn and/or carry out translational research in experimental medicine. The latter has been possible by forging active collaborations with hospital-based clinicians and scientists at the Royal Free Hospital, Great Ormond Street and UCLH."

Professor Lucie Clapp

Cardiovascular Science MSc, Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Translational Clinical Science MSc, British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Biomedicine PhD
UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science

Application and next steps


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
29 July 2016

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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