MSc Translational Cardiovascular Medicine

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Awards available MSc , PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate), PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time (distance-learning or campus-based);
two years part-time (distance-learning)
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students No

You will not be able to obtain a Tier 4 student visa to study this programme by distance learning. Our International Student Advice team can provide information and guidance on visas

Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This programme aims to develop your interest in translational cardiovascular research and medicine and equip you with an enhanced knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the current approaches and emerging research in this area. The programme, which is delivered by clinicians and scientists, provides a firm theoretical grounding in the basic scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, and will help you to develop essential skills and prepare for employment or a further higher degree in this field. In addition, you will be introduced to key practical techniques employed in this field.

The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including scientists and clinicians. Students have the option to study by distance learning or on campus. For distance learning students two-week residential workshops will be held in Bristol, comprising lectures and seminars as well as journal clubs, practical sessions, visits to clinical sessions and assessments. Campus-based students will attend lectures, seminars, journal clubs, visits to clinical sessions, tutorials and practicals in Bristol. Each module will comprise tutorials and lectures plus essays and assessments.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees

£9,400 (distance learning only)

Additional fees

Bench fee
£2000 for "wet" projects

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Generic Laboratory Skills
    The theoretical aspects and the practical details of laboratory methods that are relevant for translational cardiovascular medicine research.
  • Clinical Trials and Statistics
    The underlying principles of good clinical trial design and appropriate use of statistics.
  • Coronary Artery Disease I
    An overview of the clinical problem of coronary artery disease (including risk factors, diagnosis, imaging and pathobiology).
  • Coronary Artery Disease II
    The current clinical and drug interventions used for coronary artery disease and emerging new technologies and research.
  • Heart and Valve Disease
    Key topics related to cardiac and valve disease, including diagnosis of disorders and integration of pathophysiology with clinical management.
  • Paediatric Heart Disease
    Genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart disease and the pathology of congenital heart defects and their complications, current interventions and emerging new approaches.
  • Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke
    Clinical, pathobiology and translational aspects.

Research project

This can either be a 'wet' (based in Bristol) or a 'dry' (remote) project of an appropriate area of study. It will be presented both in written form and orally with a mini presentation.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (or, possibly, a lower second-class) honours degree in a science or medicine-related subject. Basic computer skills, including word-processing and email. Access to a computer with internet (preferably broadband) access for the duration of the programme.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Our MSc programme is suitable for a wide range of students: basic scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals (eg radiologists, perfusionists, cardiac nurses). The course may enable students to go on to apply for a PhD, or become an allied health professional. In addition, it should enable students to progress in their current careers.

How to apply
Application deadline:

18 August 2017

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 48% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 20% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Professor Sarah Jane George Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 342 3154 Email:

School of Clinical Sciences
Research Floor Level 7
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Upper Maudlin Street
Bristol BS2 8HW


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