Cardiovascular Sciences Essay Interest

The BSc Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) programme focuses on the application of scientific methods to clinical problems and on understanding the physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology of cardiovascular disease. The course provides the opportunity for students interested in cardiology, vascular surgery, anaesthetics and related subject areas to build upon their existing knowledge of cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology. The course comprises a well balanced taught component covering a range of topics related to cardiovascular physiology/pathophysiology and research methodology and an extensive individual research project.

For the most up to date information please read about BSc Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) on the School website.

Research project

You will undertake a research project of six months' duration, which in most cases will be laboratory-based, addressing a research topic in cardiovascular medicine. Some examples of previous intercalated cardiovascular research projects are:

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Type 2 Diabetes: The role of reactive oxygen species in the development and progression vascular complications
  • Role of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the assessment of patients with aortic and mitral valve disease
  • Regulation of blood clot formation and lysis by the LOX-1 scavenger receptor: an alternative therapeutic target?Investigating variation in hospital acute coronary syndrome outcomes: A linked national cohort study
  • Role of Fibrinolysis Inhibitor in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Students who are accepted to intercalate in Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) are invited to express a preference for three projects and allocation to projects takes place with reference to student preference. We aim to let students know their project allocation by the end of July.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Cardiovascular Pumps, Pipes and Electrics10 credits
  • Paper Commentary10 credits
  • Integrated Cardiovascular Physiology10 credits
  • The Cardiovascular Patient10 credits
  • Research Methods for Clinical Sciences10 credits
  • Research Project in Clinical Sciences60 credits
  • Molecular Pharmacology10 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) BSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The programme is structured on the University's modular scheme and students complete 120 credits. The programme comprises 6 x 10 credit taught modules and a 1 x 60 credit research project module. Each module is assessed separately. At the end of the year the examiners view the grades obtained by you for each module and recommend the award of the classified degree of Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine).

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

  • demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of the integrated processes underlying the development and management of cardiovascular diseases and apply knowledge of cardiovascular physiology, pharmacology and current evidence-based clinical guidelines in the context of theoretical case-based problems.
  • make appropriate use of and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge.
  • analyse the contents of original articles and critically evaluate the articles with respect to study design, analytical methods and presentation and interpretation of research findings.
  • demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and synthesise information from scholarly publications to develop and sustain an argument related to particular aspects of recent cardiovascular research.
  • apply knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology to initiate and carry out an extended research project and accurately deploy appropriate standard statistical methods to analyse and critically evaluate data.
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable and demonstrate professional competencies, some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship.
The emphasis of the course work and examinations is on development and demonstration of a critical approach rather than on the acquisition and conveying of information.


The programme is assessed by a combination of written coursework (including literature reviews, project report, abstract, practical reports), computer-based exercises, multiple choice questions (MCQ), poster presentations and unseen examinations. The majority of end of term examinations will essay-based and not MCQ.

The research project is assessed by a combination of literature review, project report and oral presentation.

Assessments include assessment for learning (formative assessment; pass/fail but do not contribute to final degree classification) and assessment for progression (summative assessment; graded and count towards the final degree classification).

Pioneering research is vital to detecting and preventing heart disease, the number one cause of premature death in the western world. Our specialist degree produces confident medical researchers who are able to assess, diagnose and treat life-threatening heart conditions.

Why study BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) at Middlesex University?

This degree will give you knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. We are focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and we will encourage you to become an independent learner by leading on your own research projects in an area of specialist interest. Throughout your studies you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.

Please note, this programme will not lead to a qualification as a Healthcare Scientist (Cardiac Physiologist/Neurophysiologist)

For further information, please visit the NHS Careers and the National School for Healthcare Science websites.

Course highlights

  • Our fully equipped science centre includes ECG machines, EMG (nerve and muscle testing), EEG, audiology (brain-stem potentials) and stress and fitness testing equipment
  • We are making research breakthroughs that impact on how heart disease diagnostics are implemented and we encourage our students to enhance their reports with this research
  • Our supportive tutors will guide you towards research tailored to your interests
  • We ensure you receive a first-class learning experience with high levels of tutor support, including lab help by specialist technicians
  • You can tailor your learning towards your career aspirations through our unique independent learning module in the final year where independent study is supported by our expert staff
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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