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University of Aberdeen: Cardiovascular Science and Diabetes

Institution University of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition View department profile
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught


Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for more than 30%, and is set to increase over the next few decades, due to an ageing population and a steep rise in metabolic syndromes. Our MSc programme, taught by scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their field, will equip you with knowledge of the epidemiology, genetics, pathological and molecular mechanisms underpinning cardiovascular disease, its diagnosis, risk factors and pharmacological management.

Our programme will deliver a cutting-edge view of cardiovascular and metabolic science which have been identified as priority areas of the Scottish and UK Governments and funding bodies. This modular-based programme comprises research-led teaching experience including tutorials, workshops and a laboratory research project supervised by leading internationally recognised cardiovascular, diabetes and nutritional scientists.

Why study with us? - You will acquire a solid knowledge base in the cardiovascular system and predisposing risk factors such as diabetes and obesity.

  • You will be based within the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute, providing a unique learning experience integrating elements of cardiovascular and metabolic science.

  • You will have access to excellent cardiovascular laboratory facilities and you will undertake a research project tailored to your expertise and interests.

  • The clinical relevance of the programme is strengthened by the location of the teaching, with Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on site, and through input of cardiovascular and diabetes clinicians into the MSc training and research projects.

The combination of internationally recognised cardiovascular laboratory research, input of clinicians to the teaching and the established excellence in nutrition research at the Rowett Institute provides a unique experience for students. You will be equipped with knowledge and skills needed to secure subsequent PhD training in academia, or employment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare or educational sectors. Students will study core courses in molecular medicine, genome-enabled medicine and bioinformatics, alongside cardiovascular and metabolic sciences taught in the context of health and disease.


The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Nutrition provides a dynamic teaching, learning and research ecosystem that pushes beyond boundaries to create opportunities for greater knowledge, innovation, and scientific advancement to underpin improved health and disease treatment.

By promoting a culture that constantly asks, "what if?" we transcend conventional thinking, break down barriers between disciplines, and defy limits in the discovery and delivery of progressive healthcare solutions for all. Our environment empowers educators and students to keep reaching beyond imagined boundaries.


We nurture future leaders and change-makers who believe pushing fresh thinking is imperative for healthcare’s exciting frontiers. Our students …

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