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Biomedical Research: Cardiovascular Sciences MRes

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Full time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Combined research and taught, Taught

Annual tuition fee for 2022/23:
UK: £9,810
International: £24,780

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Alexandra de Prendergast - Student, MRes Cardiovascular Science

Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease.

The programme consists of compulsory taught and research elements. The taught aspects include training in key research skills including scientific writing, critical analysis of literature, presentation skills and a research toolkit module covering key experimental techniques. You will also study a specific module on cardiovascular science to ensure that you have a basic grounding of all aspects of the field and to introduce the topics and research questions on which your project will be based.

MSc or MRes intercalation

Please note that this programme can be taken as an intercalated option for those studying MBChB Medicine and Surgery either at the University of Birmingham or at another Institution. To apply for the Intercalated MRes in Cardiovascular Sciences, or to find out more, please contact

Dr Steve Thomas, programme lead, talks about the MRes Biomedical Research - Cardiovascular Sciences programme at the University of Birmingham.


MRes Biomedical Research - Cardiovascular Sciences student, Georgina Neog, talks about her time on the programme at the University of Birmingham.

Why study this course?

The Institute for Cardiovascular Sciences is one of the University of Birmingham's Research Centres of Excellence. The majority of the research is carried out in the state-of-the-art facilities in the Institute of Biomedical Research, the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Unit, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Birmingham City Hospital. Research projects will allow you to become part of a leading cardiovascular research group and access our state of the art facilities in the Institute of Biomedical Research at the Medical School carrying out novel research.


The Cardiovascular Biology module will consist of taught lectures and Journal Clubs where you will further develop your skills in critical analysis and presentation of research data. The Research Project will be supported by regular tutorials with the programme leads. All the taught modules will run within the first term of the course.

After consulting with potential supervisors you will select a 6 month research project which will begin in January and end in July. The project will generally be laboratory-based within one of the research groups in the Institute of Cardiovascular Science.

Being an integral member of an active research group will give you the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to ongoing cardiovascular research in Birmingham, and provide you with a real insight into how this research is conducted.






Applicants will need to pay a non-refundable deposit at the point of accepting an offer to study on this programme. The deposit is put towards payment of fees when students join the course.

  • Home - £500
  • International - £1000

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.


International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A good BSc Honours degree, normally first or upper second class, in a science subject (e.g. Biomedical Science, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.). Other equivalent qualifications and work experience will also be considered alongside University regulations. All suitable applicants will be interviewed, either face to face or by Skype/conference call.

International Requirements

International Students

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

In the first term, you will undertake three taught modules covering cardiovascular biology, research methods and research techniques. During this time you will find out about the research projects on offer and select your project. In the second and third terms (January to July), you will work full time in the lab on your chosen project and produce a research thesis.

It is envisaged that students successful on the course will be appropriate for PhD in the research area.

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