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Cardiovascular Research MSc

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The Cardiovascular Research MSc offers an advanced theoretical and practical foundation in cardiovascular research. You will be taught by academic and clinical specialists who actively research the mechanisms that underlie human cardiovascular disease. This course is designed for biomedical science and medically qualified graduates who wish to pursue further academic studies or employment in a research environment.

Key benefits

  • Research-led study programme that is hosted within a leading BHF funded cardiovascular Centre of Research Excellence.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi- disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues.
  • A highly successful study course that offers entry into a research careers, with two-thirds of graduates progressing to a PhD, MD or specialist cardiology training.

The MSc was a great choice. I gained insight into the Cardiovascular system, the research techniques used in this field and, most importantly, gained a critical insight into the issues faced by researchers. I experienced amazing teaching on this course with well-chosen and organised modules

Prathish, Cardiovascular Research MSc

The Cardiovascular Research MSc course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in specialist technical skills taught by experts in their respective fields. You will explore fundamental and applied modules focusing on the heart and vasculature and state of the art techniques in cardiovascular medicine and science. You will also complete numerous Cardiovascular Skills Workshops before carrying out a research project and dissertation. Alongside your dissertation you will participate in an outreach event with the BHF centre. During your research project, you will become part of a research team for approximately six months where you will design, conduct and report on a project under appropriate supervision.

Course Aims

  • Understand the theory behind the latest science in cardiovascular biology, and develop the research skills for a career in the field.
  • Gain practical skills and learn how state-of-the-art techniques in cardiovascular medicine are being used in clinical settings.
  • Develop a wider perspective on your career with modules related to imaging science and clinical outreach.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

You’ll study with renowned academics from our BHF funded cardiovascular Centre of Research Excellence. As well as expert researchers, you’ll hear from visiting clinicians and other professionals throughout the course. And with plenty of workshops and visits to inpatient and outpatient clinics, there are lots of opportunities to see the theory come to life.

Much of your work will be assessed by coursework and you’ll also have some traditional exams as part of the course.

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake 700 hours of independent study.

Vascular Biology and Inflammation

55 hours

Cardiac Syndromes and Heart Failure

55 hours

Cross Cutting Techniques in Cardiovascular Research

30 hours

Cardiovascular Skills and Workshops

40 hours

Cardiovascular Outreach

12 hours

Cardiovascular Research Project

1,000 hours laboratory time

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of coursework assessment may typically include oral presentations, workshop write-ups as well as a project dissertation. Coursework contributes approximately 75% and examinations approximately 25% to your final mark.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Structure

Required modules

Vascular Biology and Inflammation (30 credits)
Cardiac Syndromes and Heart Failure (30 credits)
Cardiovascular Workshops and Skills (30 credits)
Cross Cutting Techniques in Cardiovascular Research (15 credits)
Cardiovascular Outreach (15 credits)
Research Project in Cardiovascular Research (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

We designed this course to help you develop strong research skills useful for your career, whether you’re a recent graduate from a related science subject or you’re a foundation or core trainee doctor looking to improve your specialist knowledge.

Here at King’s, we offer a BHF PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science. While places are very limited, it’s a natural progression if you’re working towards a research role in academia or industry.

If you’re more interested in the practical clinical aspect, many of our students use the course to boost their knowledge in the subject during their career journey to specialist training. Of course, it’s a competitive field, but the skills and contacts you’ll develop at King’s will be useful throughout your career.

PhD, laboratory-based research career in academia or industry, other science-related careers. Medical graduates often subsequently pursue a specialism in cardiology. 

 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Medical Writing
  • Fundraising at the British Heart Foundation

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (MSc) (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (MSc) (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

 The UK deposit is £500.

 The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The Cardiovascular Research MSc course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in specialist technical skills taught by experts in their respective fields. You will explore fundamental and applied modules focusing on the heart and vasculature and state of the art techniques in cardiovascular medicine and science. You will also complete numerous Cardiovascular Skills Workshops before carrying out a research project and dissertation. Alongside your dissertation you will participate in an outreach event with the BHF centre. During your research project, you will become part of a research team for approximately six months where you will design, conduct and report on a project under appropriate supervision.

Course Aims

  • Understand the theory behind the latest science in cardiovascular biology, and develop the research skills for a career in the field.
  • Gain practical skills and learn how state-of-the-art techniques in cardiovascular medicine are being used in clinical settings.
  • Develop a wider perspective on your career with modules related to imaging science and clinical outreach.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

You’ll study with renowned academics from our BHF funded cardiovascular Centre of Research Excellence. As well as expert researchers, you’ll hear from visiting clinicians and other professionals throughout the course. And with plenty of workshops and visits to inpatient and outpatient clinics, there are lots of opportunities to see the theory come to life.

Much of your work will be assessed by coursework and you’ll also have some traditional exams as part of the course.

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake 700 hours of independent study.

Vascular Biology and Inflammation

55 hours

Cardiac Syndromes and Heart Failure

55 hours

Cross Cutting Techniques in Cardiovascular Research

30 hours

Cardiovascular Skills and Workshops

40 hours

Cardiovascular Outreach

12 hours

Cardiovascular Research Project

1,000 hours laboratory time

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written examinations. Forms of coursework assessment may typically include oral presentations, workshop write-ups as well as a project dissertation. Coursework contributes approximately 75% and examinations approximately 25% to your final mark.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Structure

Required modules

Vascular Biology and Inflammation (30 credits)
Cardiac Syndromes and Heart Failure (30 credits)
Cardiovascular Workshops and Skills (30 credits)
Cross Cutting Techniques in Cardiovascular Research (15 credits)
Cardiovascular Outreach (15 credits)
Research Project in Cardiovascular Research (60 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

We designed this course to help you develop strong research skills useful for your career, whether you’re a recent graduate from a related science subject or you’re a foundation or core trainee doctor looking to improve your specialist knowledge.

Here at King’s, we offer a BHF PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science. While places are very limited, it’s a natural progression if you’re working towards a research role in academia or industry.

If you’re more interested in the practical clinical aspect, many of our students use the course to boost their knowledge in the subject during their career journey to specialist training. Of course, it’s a competitive field, but the skills and contacts you’ll develop at King’s will be useful throughout your career.

PhD, laboratory-based research career in academia or industry, other science-related careers. Medical graduates often subsequently pursue a specialism in cardiology. 

 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Medical Writing
  • Fundraising at the British Heart Foundation

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (MSc) (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (MSc) (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

 The UK deposit is £500.

 The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London, between campuses and for project placements
  • Graduation costs

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