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Cardiovascular Health and Disease (MRes)

Our course promotes multi-disciplinary research into cardiovascular science to tackle the rising occurrence of heart disease in the developed world.

Cardiovascular Health and Disease Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Course overview

Our MRes in Cardiovascular Health and Disease will help you develop broad biomedical research skills with the aim of applying these to cardiovascular science.

This course is suitable if you have a medical or science background or if you are an intercalating medical student who wants to carry out cardiovascular research.

What is an MRes?

A taught Master of Research (MRes) degree provides preparatory training for academic research. Find out more about what an MRes course entails.

Intercalating students

For more information on joining this course as an intercalating student, please visit the Intercalation page.

Research topics

Our wide range of research topics include those in:

  • integrative physiology (cardiac and vascular)
  • cardiovascular dysfunction and repair
  • stem cells in cardiovascular research
  • cardiovascular bioimaging.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
Master of Research
1 year FT
Entry requirements

This programme has both taught and research components, does not require applicants to have already developed their own research proposals, and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

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.

International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

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How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the deadline for September 2017 entry is 0 1 August 2017 . We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form have the following documents:

  • Two academic references. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly ;
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated;
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • A personal statement. This should no longer than a page in length;
  • Full curriculum vitae;
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK;
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This programme has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

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.

However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career.

The MRes in Cardiovascular Health and Disease has been specifically designed to fill this gap for those who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular sciences.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

You will have to cover the cost of printing and binding your project report and dissertation.