Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease.

The programme consists of compulsory taught and research elements. The taught aspects include training in key research skills including scientific writing, critical analysis of literature, presentation skills and a research toolkit module covering key experimental techniques. You will also study a specific module on cardiovascular science to ensure that you have a basic grounding of all aspects of the field and to introduce the topics and research questions on which your project will be based.

Why study this course

The Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences is one of the University of Birmingham's Research Centres of Excellence. The majority of the research is carried out in the state-of-the-art facilities in the Institute of Biomedical Research, the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Unit, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham City Hospital. Research projects will allow you to become part of a leading cardiovascular research group carrying out novel research.


The Cardiovascular Biology module will consist of taught lectures and Journal Clubs where you will further develop your skills in critical analysis and presentation of research data. The Research Project will be supported by regular tutorials with the programme leads. All the taught modules will run within the first term of the course.

  • Research Methods (Distance Learning)
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Theory of Laboratory Research Methods
  • Research project

After consulting with potential supervisors you will select a 6-month research project which will begin in January and end in July. The project will generally be laboratory-based within one of the research groups in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science.

Being an integral member of an active research group will give you the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to ongoing cardiovascular research in Birmingham, and provide you with a real insight into how this research is conducted.

Learning and teaching

In the first term, you will undertake three taught modules covering cardiovascular biology, research methods and research techniques. During this time you will find out about the research projects on offer and select your project. In the second and third terms (January to July), you will work full time in the lab on your chosen project and produce a research thesis.

Entry requirements

A good BSc Honours degree, normally first or upper second class, in a science subject (e.g. Biomedical Science, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.). Other equivalent qualifications and work experience will also be considered alongside University regulations.

International students:

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
  • English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated December 19, 2018
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