University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Cardiovascular Health and Disease

This MRes course focuses on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment. You will develop broad biomedical research skills, but with an emphasis on application to cardiovascular science. Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for considerable mortality, disability and a reduced quality of life in the developed world. Despite the large number of treatment strategies, the widespread occurrence of these disorders dictates the search for improved treatments. The development of new therapies and treatment strategies relies on a continued evolution of our understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for the development of cardiovascular disorders. It is now widely recognised by employers and research councils that unravelling the basis of cardiovascular disease and development of new therapies is a high priority area for investment, especially since the economic burden of CVD is increasing.

Entry requirements

The course is open to medical or science graduates and intercalating medical students.
Candidates are selected from the students admitted to the MBChB undergraduate course at Manchester. The minimum criterion for admission is satisfactory achievement in Years 1 to 3 or 4 of the undergraduate medical programme.
For University of St Andrews students, this includes their 3 year degree programme and the following one or two years spent in Manchester (Years 3 and 4 of the Manchester programme).
We also accept intercalating medical students from other UK universities, including home medical and international medical graduates who can demonstrate relevant experience and commitment to biomedical research.
Normally, a BSc (First or Upper Second, though under exceptional circumstances candidates with a Lower Second will be considered), or equivalent is expected from a British university in an appropriate biological or medical subject.

Course modules

The programme comprises the following compulsory components:
Faculty Research Methods Unit (15 credits)
Taught seminar unit (15 lectures, 2h each) (15 credits)
Module 1: Vascular science
Module 2: Cardiac science
Module 3 : From bench to bedside - therapeutic strategies for combating cardiovascular disease
Tutorial course unit (15 credits)
Practical Skills unit (15 credits)
Research Project 1: Literature review and grant / fellowship proposal (30 credits)
Research project 2: Laboratory/clinical based project (January- July). Written up a research paper with a short oral presentation of results (90 credits).
Clinical Masterclass course unit:
The Clinical Masterclass course unit is a 15 credit unit specifically designed for intercalated medical students. The unit consists of a series of seminars, workshops and e-learning.
This unit contributes to personal and professional development in the experience, knowledge and skills training required for effective clinical practice and success, with a strong emphasis on clinical academic research.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of written reports (in journal style format), literature review, problem based learning (PBL) tutorials and oral presentations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 21,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MRes Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Medicine - PGT
Telephone number: 
0161 305 1648