University of Bristol

Health Sciences

MRes Health Sciences Research (Translational Cardiovascular Medicine)


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MRes Health Sciences Research (Translational Cardiovascular Medicine)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, as well as intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses, data interpretation and science communication.

The core of the programme is a six-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised translational cardiovascular medicine research groups. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for clinical and bioscience graduates who wish to develop their research skills within this exciting field. It is also suitable for clinical students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study. 

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, tutorials, seminars, research clubs and practical classes. In addition to four mandatory units relating to research methodology, students choose two units on aspects of cardiovascular science.

Mandatory units

  • Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences (10 credits)
    This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics.
  • Further Research Methods in Health Sciences (20 credits)
    This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.
  • Research Club in Health Sciences (10 credits)
    This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.
  • Research Project in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (100 credits)
    During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis, present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Plus a choice of two of the following units:

  • Coronary Artery Disease I (20 credits)
  • Coronary Artery Disease II (20 credits)
  • Heart and Valve Disease (20 credits)
  • Paediatric Heart Disease (20 credits)
  • Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke (20 credits)

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 14,900 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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