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 cardiovascular medicine, and will help you 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 area.

The programme is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including biomedical scientists, allied health professionals and clinicians. You have the option to study by distance learning (full-time or part-time) or on campus (full-time). Each unit will comprise tutorials and lectures plus coursework and examination assessments.

Campus-based students will attend lectures, tutorials, journal clubs, visits to clinical sessions and practicals.

For distance-learning students, lecture material will be available online, and optional workshops (up to five days per year for part-time students or up to 10 days per year for full-time students) will be held in Bristol, comprising tutorials, journal clubs, practical sessions, and visits to clinical sessions.

Programme structure

The MSc programme consists of seven taught units and a research project.

  1. General laboratory techniques - state of the art techniques relevant to cardiovascular research (10 credits)
  2. Clinical Trials and Statistics - principles of clinical trial design and knowledge of appropriate use of statistics with examples from cardiovascular studies (10 credits)
  3. Coronary Artery Disease 1 - the clinical problem of coronary artery disease including patient diagnosis, underlying pathology, risk factors and pharmacological treatments (20 credits)
  4. Coronary Artery Disease 2 - interventions by cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, current limitations of treatments and new emerging approaches (20 credits)
  5. Heart and Valve Disease - key topics related to adult cardiac and valve disease, including diagnosis of disorders and integration of pathophysiology with clinical management (20 credits)
  6. Paediatric Heart Disease - clinical problem of paediatric congenital heart including an overview of the genomics and epidemiology of congenital heart disease and the pathology of congenital heart defects and their complications (20 credits)
  7. Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke - clinical and translational aspects of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), aneurysms, and stroke (20 credits)
  8. Research Project - a choice of a laboratory based 'wet' research project or a 'dry' literature review, project proposal, or data analysis project (60 credits)

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (or, exceptionally, a lower second-class) honours degree in a science or medicine-related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£9,900 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£4,950 per year
Overseas: full-time
£24,000 per year
UK: full-time (PGDip)
£7,920 per year
Overseas: full-time (PGDip)
£19,200 per year
UK: full-time (PGCert)
£3,960 per year
Overseas: full-time (PGCert)
£9,600 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Bench fees

£2,000 for the optional lab-based project. Further information about bench fees can be found on our webpages. Confirmation of bench fees will be stated in the offer letter sent to applicants.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

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

Career prospects

Our MSc programme is suitable for a wide range of students: basic scientists, clinicians and allied health professionals (for example, radiologists, cardiac physiologists, perfusion scientists, cardiac nurses). The programme may enable you to go on to apply for a PhD, or advance your career options as an allied health professional or clinician.