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Cardiovascular Research MSc

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Develop your research skills and learn about the latest innovations in cardiovascular medicine and science. Taught by experts from the BHF Cardiovascular Centre of Research Excellence, you’ll discover the latest ideas in the subject and take on your own research project.

Study specialised modules on heart failure, acute syndromes, and inflammation. You’ll even learn about cross-cutting technologies, discovering the latest imaging techniques – some still in development.



Key benefits

  • Planning a career in research or a related area? Working your way towards a clinical specialist position such as cardiology? The academic and practical nature of the course offers something for everyone

  • Study in a BHF funded cardiovascular Centre of Research Excellence

  • Take part in an open day and explain your work to the public during the outreach module

  • For each subject, you’ll learn from top academics, hear from leading professionals working in the field and visit a clinic to see the practice for yourself

  • Join a research team, supervised by one of our specialists, then report on your findings for your 60-credit project

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 25 (FT).

Course leaders Dr James Clark

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 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 purpose

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

Course format and assessment


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.


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.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Practical workshops, clinical experiences and research projects will be in the BHF Centre and aligned facilities, which can be on Waterloo, Guy’s, St Thomas’ or Denmark Hill Campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught.

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.

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
  • 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 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 £70 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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £13,380 (MSc) (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 (MSc) (2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

 The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.   

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.


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.

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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

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.


Career destinations

Past students have also gone on to a range of other roles, from medical writing to fundraising at the British Heart Foundation.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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