Cardiac and Vascular Medicine

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )


For the British Heart Foundation 4 year MRes/PhD (comprised of this 1 year full-time MRes in Cardiac & Vascular Medicine, leading to a 3 year PhD) please visit the findaphd web page for more information. Applicants apply using the application button here on the QMUL website but please indicate on your application form under the Funding section (page 6) that you are applying for funding under ‘WHRI/BHF’.

Do you want to be part of the UK biomedical translational agenda? Do you have the skills to take molecular concepts and apply them to in vivo studies? Are you interested in finding out why inflammation is at the root of society's contemporary disoders such as heart disease and cancer? Do you think you might like to do a PhD but lack all the necessary skills? If these are some of your thoughts about your future, then this is the programme for you.

This course provides state-of-the-art practical training in modern molecular and cellular pharmacological techniques alongside their application to in vivo methods of pharmacological investigation of cardiac and vascular inflammatory disease mechanisms. The programme will deliver scientists adept in the crucial skill set needed for successful careers in UK Life Sciences, especially deeper phenotyping in cardiac and vascular inflammation research (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, hypertension, arrhythmia, nephrology or cancer).
In particular this course is designed to provide a springboard for those individuals wishing to a PhD in this field of research.

This programme will:
1. Give you state-of-the-art practical training in modern molecular and cellular pharmacological techniques, specialising in inflammation as it pertains to the heart and vasculature
2. Develop the skills you need to conduct cardiovascular biomedical research
3. Enable you to contribute to the research culture and knowledge base in healthcare
4. Provide a solid basis for further study.

Why study your MRes in Cardiac & Vascular Medicine at Queen Mary?
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry was placed within the top seven UK institutions in all three Units of Assessment – Clinical Medicine; Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care; and Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI), as part of the Medical School, comprises over 530 clinicians and scientists from 45 countries. It is one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary pharmacological institutes, conducting world-leading research in the fields of cardiovascular, endocrine and inflammation science, and an international reputation for training talented scientists for success in 'translational' research. In 2014 REF, 90 per cent of research at the WHRI was rated as world leading or internationally excellent. It is upon these very strong foundations for translational research excellence that we offer this course. The WHRI embraces advances in the 'omic' specialties alongside an extremely strong portfolio of in vivo pharmacological research utilising cutting-edge in-vivo technologies (eg, live imaging/confocal/small animal PET-CT).

The WHRI has extensive dedicated in vivo and molecular research facilities at the Charterhouse Square site, which has been extended recently with the opening of our £25m William Harvey Heart Centre which hosts international leaders in the fields of cardiac electrophysiology, conscious blood pressure monitoring, organ-selective T cell trafficking and models of pulmonary hypertension. The students will also benefit from the School's recent £700K investment in establishing 150m2 of new WHRI state-of-the-art in vivo confocal imaging capabilities and a video conference bridge to major international in vivo centres that will be used to complement our seminar programme.
You will also have access to Queen Mary's comprehensive libraries including local facilities at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Charterhouse Square site has recently refurbished student IT and cafeteria facilities.


The MRes is currently available for one year full-time study.

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Semester 1
A three-month course of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals to obtain a broad grounding in cardiac & vascular physiology and inflammatory pathology, and to develop the necessary laboratory skills for conducting the project.

Semesters 2 & 3
Research project (where you will apply the skills learned in Semester 1).

Further information
To find out more, please visit the William Harvey Research Institute website.

For more information, please contact Adrian Hobbs, Professor of Cardiovascular Pharmacology.
Tel: +44 20 7882 5778

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper-second class honours degree in Biomedical science or a related discipline.

International applicants
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

In the first Semester you will follow an initial three-month course of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals to obtain a broad grounding in cardiac, vascular & inflammation mechanisms, and to develop the necessary laboratory skills for conducting the project element of the programme which follows.

The Semester is split up into generic skills (i.e. writing and presentation skills, statistics, laboratory safety and critical analysis) and more specialised research techniques.

Students will have hands on experience of research techniques in the form of practicals focussed on proteomics, molecular and biochemical methods and ex vivo platelet and vascular function.

Instruction in the form of practical demonstrations will include, intra vital microscopy, pulmonary pressure determination, state-of-the-art imaging and echocardiography. The students will also attend a series of lectures and seminars in inflammation, cardiovascular disease and cancer timetabled to co-ordinate with the practical sessions.

In the following two Semesters, students will apply a variety of techniques as part of an integrated research project under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor from the pool of the internationally renowned faculty within our institution.

The course has a single co-ordinator (Prof. Adrian Hobbs) with whom the students will have considerable contact.

There is timetabled contact time each day of the first Semester (with the exception of Wednesdays) in the form of practicals, lectures, workshops and presentation sessions.

The Masters student:staff ratio for all of the teaching/practical components will not exceed 8:1.

Supervisors for research projects will not have more than one Masters student at any given time.

Staff are invited to submit projects. These are then considered by the students who will then submit their choices. In the past we have been able to offer each student their first or second choice more than 95 per cent of the time.

Independent Study
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Students are assessed by oral critique of the literature, workshop write-ups and research project thesis (a 20,000 word dissertation).


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,700
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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