The University of Manchester
Cardiovascular Sciences PhD
The University of Manchester

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our PhD/MPhil Cardiovascular Sciences programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Cardiovascular diseases are major causes of mortality and morbidity in developed and developing countries worldwide.

Our research spans five main themes:

  • Cardiovascular genetics and development;

  • Experimental cardiology;

  • Vascular biology/hypertension;

  • Stroke;

  • Clinical cardiovascular research.

We adopt an integrated 'bench-to-bedside' translational approach for understanding the underlying mechanisms responsible for the functioning of the cardiovascular system in both health and disease.

To this end, there is a wide spectrum of research spanning clinical trials, small and large animal models of cardiovascular diseases, whole organs and tissues, cells and single molecule studies. Working together in purpose-built facilities provides for a stimulating and cutting-edge environment.

Examples of research programmes include:

  • Cardiac and vascular electrophysiology;

  • Cardiac conduction system;

  • Calcium and second messenger signalling in the heart and vasculature;

  • Heart failure and arrhythmias;

  • Hypertrophic signalling pathways in the heart;

  • Cardiovascular genetics and development;

  • Cellular and protein structure;

  • Comparative biology and mitochondrial function;

  • Computer modelling;

  • Hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes research;

  • Vascular biology of small and large arteries;

  • Angiogenesis and endothelial biology;

  • Stroke;

  • Cardiovascular imaging;

  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) models of cardiovascular disease;

  • Cardiac and vascular regeneration.

  • Renal physiology and genetics

  • Renal medicine.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School East - Undergraduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Manchester Business School - Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Cardiovascular Sciences, PhD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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