Cardiovascular Science MRes

1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to study the cardiovascular science at an advanced level and develop the skills needed to go on to a career in cardiovascular research. Moreover, it is an appropriate pathway to PhD studies in this specialty.

Cardiovascular Science MRes, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to study the cardiovascular science at an advanced level and develop the skills needed to go on to a career in cardiovascular research. Moreover, it is an appropriate pathway to PhD studies in this specialty.

Course information

UK fee £9,300

International fee £23,650

Taught by Cardiovascular Sciences

Contact:
Dr Veryan Codd, MRes convenor
CLSPGT@le.ac.uk

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Course description

Course description

Please note, this course is being advertised subject to approval.

We are committed to providing high quality training of the next generation of research leaders in cardiovascular science. The MRes in Cardiovascular Science explores the cardiovascular system and relevant disease and is suitable for graduates in Biological Sciences and other related disciplines, such as bioengineering. You will receive training in cardiovascular disease physiology and pharmacology, data analysis techniques and a range of research methods utilised to both understand disease mechanisms and translate these findings into clinical benefit. 

Studying with us, you will join an internationally leading centre of cardiovascular research. You will be taught by a diverse range of both clinical and non-clinical staff, who will provide insight into their own research, highlighting the world leading and inter-disciplinary research that takes place at Leicester. 

Our research covers a broad spectrum, from the molecular and cellular basis of disease to clinical interventions and has a major impact on the treatment of patients nationally and globally. The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences has strong links to the NHS and leads the Cardiovascular Theme of the National Institute for Health Research Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, which provides opportunities for collaborative working between laboratory, translational and clinical scientists. 

The course is divided into a taught phase (semester 1) and two 11-week research projects (semester 2). These two separate research projects allow you to potentially explore different aspects of cardiovascular research in more depth. As well as expanding your research techniques, you will have the opportunity to contribute to world-leading research taking place at the University.  

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Relevant 2:2 degree (or equivalent)

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MRes: £9,300

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

Starting in September 2024

  • MRes: £23,650

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The course is ideally suited for students aiming to gain further experience in both cardiovascular science and in different research techniques for a career in clinically-related research. Although focused on cardiovascular research this course provides career opportunities in various research settings compatible with other disciplines. It is also ideal for graduates of related disciplines, such as Engineering, wanting to transition into clinical or biomedical research.

International students who study at the University of Leicester may be eligible for a Graduate Visa which grants permission to stay in the UK for at least 2 years after successful completion of their course.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course structure

Modules

Modules

Plus your Cardiovascular Projects.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

The University of Leicester is ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in clinical Medicine (2021 Research Excellent Framework - REF). The 2024 Times Higher World University ranking also places Leicester joint 14th in the UK as well as in the top 125 in the world for Clinical and Health Sciences.

The Department has laboratory and clinical research facilities at the world-renowned Glenfield Hospital, the regional cardiac centre, including the £12.5M state-of-the-art University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, as well research facilities on the main campus.

We have an international reputation for excellence in cardiovascular research, with research spanning the full spectrum from bench to bedside. Our work has had a major impact on the treatment of patients nationally and globally.

Teaching and learning

In Semester 1, the taught phase of the course, you will study basic principles of cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, research techniques used in our world-leading research and experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. 

The taught modules are assessed through coursework in the form of written and data analysis-based assignments and oral and poster presentations. Successful completion of the taught phase is required to proceed to the MRes research project stage in semester 2.

In semester 2, you undertake two consecutive 11-week research projects, which comprise two-thirds of the credits for your degree. You will have the opportunity to choose a laboratory research project from projects covering a broad range of techniques and aspects of cardiovascular health and disease. Your research project will involve generating and analysing your research data and is assessed on your independence, initiative and understanding whilst performing the project, as well as submission of a final dissertation.

Assessment of the Research Project is in two parts: your research performance and a dissertation you write about the two research projects. 

These projects are an ideal preparation if you are wishing to proceed to a PhD in the fields of cardiovascular and biological sciences, and offers a great opportunity to enhance your employability as a future researcher.

Independent learning  

In addition to attending lectures and laboratory sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence. 

Academic support

Our Centre for Academic Achievement provides help in the following areas:

  • Academic writing
  • Presentations
  • Dissertations
  • Numerical data skills
  • Referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

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Course Qualification Duration Availability
Course Cardiovascular Science Qualification MRes Duration 1 year, full-time Availability

Please contact clspgt@le.ac.uk for details.

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