Cardiovascular Sciences MSc (Med Sci)

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Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. This Masters in Cardiovascular Sciences will include specialist training in the epidemiological nature of the disease, in combination with analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie its development.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. Cardiovascular Medicine at Glasgow is rated in the UK’s top ten and has a research grant income of £50M.
  • Research is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
  • We have exciting scholarship opportunities, find out more
  • The course has a modular based course containing taught elements, tutorial sessions, critical review sessions and hands-on demonstration of current  laboratory techniques.
  • Tailored laboratory projects to suit student’s expertise and interests.
  • If you are a science or medicine graduate looking to gain knowledge and new skills in the field of cardiovascular medicine, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will have the opportunity to acquire and integrate a knowledge base in many new techniques for research in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including established risk factor measurements, novel imaging techniques, gene therapy, stem cells and the evolving genomics and proteomics fields.
  • Cardiovascular science is a priority area for research funding, in recognition of the fact that new, improved treatments are required and that these can only arise through better understanding of its development. The University of Glasgow has a world-renowned reputation for expertise in cardiovascular research and education. 
  • Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD Studies.

Programme structure

In addition to the taught courses you will take part in student-led critical review sessions where you will provide a critical appraisal of a scientific research paper taken from current literature.

You will also take part in an introductory session on how to review a scientific paper, designed to give you experience of reading, summarising and presenting the findings of a scientific publication in a critical manner.

Core courses

  • Research methods
  • Pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine
  • Topics in therapeutics
  • Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease
  • Established and novel techniques in cardiovascular research.

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project.

Core and optional courses

The MSC (Med Sci) in Cardiovascular Sciences is a 12 month, full time programme. The Programme is made up of five compulsory courses totalling 120 credits plus a Dissertation/Project of 60 credits in order to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The complusory courses are delivered during Semesters 1 and 2 and the Dissertation/Project work is carried out during the summer months.

In addition to the taught components of the Programme, students participate in Topic of the Week sessions. Each week, one or two students will take their turn to prepare and present material for Topic of the Week session. It is intended that each presenter will give an overview of the topic, including a summary of the pharmacological features of the subject, and then lead a discussion among their classmates to the key aspects/controversies of the topic. These sessions are designed to further develop the research, communication and critical appraisal skills of each presenter, and to promote engagement with current issues in pharmocology and medical science amongst the class as a whole.

Compulsory Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine
  • Topics in Therapeutics
  • Clinical Aspects of Cardiovacular Medicine
  • Established and Novel Techniques in Cardiovascular Research

Dissertation

To fulfil the requirements of a masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of work to carry out either a laboratory based or library/clinical data based investigation on a relevant topic of interest. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.

 

Background

The programme is primarily based in the British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre (BHF GCRC) which is the base for many leading experts in the field of cardiovascular research.

The BHF GCRC is a vibrant environment with excellent research facilities for both basic and clinical science. The close involement of many clinically active staff in delivering the Programme and the excellent interface between clinical and basic scientists provides a unique opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of cardiovascular sciences.

Academic staff

Professor of Metabolic Medicine

Profeesor of Molecular Endocrinology

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

The programme is open to medical, pharmacy and bioscience graduates. You should have an Honours degree or equivalent in your subject. In exceptional circumstances, other science graduates or bioscience graduates with an Ordinary degree may be eligible, on demonstration of appropriate postgraduate professional experience. Whilst not essential, demonstration of appropriate postgraduate experience or relevant employment may enhance your application.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc (Med Sci)

Home and EU
Full time fee£6800
Part time 20 credits£756
International
Full time fee£18200

Deposits

The University requires a deposit to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme: please see: Deposits for entry in 2015/16

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

Successful graduates will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular research. Career opportunities include education, clinical translational cardiovascular research, public health bodies or commercial industrial research in the field of cardiovascular medicine.  Students who have completed course are currently employed in NHS, PhD programmes, academia and industry.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 24 July 2015
  • UK and EU applications 28 August 2015
    (with the exception of those programmes offering SFC funded places)

Classes start September 2015 for most programmes and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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