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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 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 British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded cardiovascular research centre.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues.
  • A highly successful study course that offers entry into a research career, with two-thirds of graduates progressing to a PhD, MD or Specialist Cardiology training.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20 (FT).

Course leaders Dr Paul Fraser

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences



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Course detail


The Cardiovascular Research MSc course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in specialist technical skills.

Initially, you will explore Fundamental and Applied Cardiovascular Research modules as well as Cardiovascular Skills before completing a research project and dissertation worth 90 credits. You will become part of a research team for approximately six months where you will design and conduct a research project under appropriate supervision.

You must study modules with a total of 180 credits to complete the programme. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September.

At the end of the course students will be able to: Evaluate and assimilate the scientific literature in a given subject area and to think critically about the results and methods.  Devise a hypothesis that can be tested experimentally.  Analyse data, appreciate the value of reproducibility of data and draw valid conclusions. Collect data and apply appropriate methods to test a hypothesis.  Develop an ability to comprehend and synthesise complex information. Organize a work-schedule, stick to deadlines, and prioritize activities.  Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and through writing.

Full details of the programme can be found in the booklet which contains the major part of the course handbook.


Course format and assessment


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.

Fundamental Cardiovascular Research

36 hours

Applied Cardiovascular Research

36 hours

Cardiovascular Skills

40 hours

Cardiovascular Research Project

1,000 hours laboratory time


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo campus. The projects will be in the supervisors’ laboratories, which can be on Waterloo, Guys, St Thomas’ or Denmark Hill campuses

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught. 

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for students.



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

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 that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Cardiovascular Research Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements   2:1

Minimum 2:1 first degree in a biological, molecular biological or biomedical sciences-related subject or to be medically qualified. Exceptionally, a high 2:2 may be considered. Current medical students may be accepted following the successful completion of the 3rd  year of their MBBS programme.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

You will be admitted on the basis of your academic ability together with recommendations from academic referees and an interview, if practicable.  At the time of the interview you will have an opportunity to view the facilities and to meet past and present students.

For further information please email paul.fraser@kcl.ac.uk.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document Checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 (MSc) £16,500 (MRes) (2019/2020)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 (MSc/MRes) (2019/2020)

Contact usStudents starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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


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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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 and between campuses 

  • Graduation costs

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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


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