University of Glasgow: Cardiovascular Sciences

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. The aim of this programme is to deliver teaching related to cardiovascular science and biology with an emphasis on the epidemiology, genetics, pathological and molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular diseases and their pharmacological management.

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MSc (Med Sci): 12 months full-time


- Develop an understanding of the cardiovascular system and the epidemiology of CV diseases, as well as the molecular and cellular pathways involved in the development of cardiovascular disease.

- Acquire and integrate a knowledge base in many new techniques for research in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including:

- Risk factor measurements

- Novel imaging techniques

- Gene therapy

- Genomic, genetic and proteomic studies

- Undertake a research project with an established cardiovascular researcher. These are tailored to suit students' expertise and interests.

- The Cardiovascular Science degree has a modular based course containing taught elements, tutorial sessions, critical review sessions and practical sessions.

- Cardiovascular science is a priority area for research funding, in recognition of the fact that new, improved treatments are required and that these can only arise through better understanding of its development.

- The University of Glasgow has a world-renowned reputation for expertise in cardiovascular research and education.

- Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD studies.

- This course is provided by world leading experts in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.

- Research for the MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.


**Core courses**
- Evidence based biomedical research method and statistics

- Clinical and research laboratory skills

- Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease: patient and populations

- Topics in therapeutics - general topics, cardiovascular and diabetes drugs

- Basic science of cardiovascular disease: tissue, cells and signalling

- Epidemiology, outcomes and therapy of heart failure

- Imaging in cardiovascular diseases: techniques and applications

**Optional courses**
- Assessment of vascular function

- Applied statistics for clinical and translational research

- Lifestyle intervention in cardiometabolic disease

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project supervised by an established cardiovascular researcher.

**Find out more about core and optional courses**

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Successful graduates will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular research. Career opportunities include education, clinical translational cardiovascular research, public health bodies or commercial industrial research in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

MSc (MedSci)

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


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