University of Bristol

This branch of the MRes in Health Sciences Research programme offers an excellent grounding in biomedical research focused on translational cardiovascular medicine (TCM) by equipping you with the skills to understand, critically analyse and conduct clinically relevant research. Under the guidance of an expert, you will carry out a novel research project in the field of TCM.

You will be taught and guided by research-active scientists and clinicians in small group lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

The core of the programme is an eight-month research project in an area that inspires you. This could be either a fundamental bioscience project, translational research, or an epidemiological population health study related to TCM.

You will be based within one of our internationally recognised health science research groups, with opportunities to immerse yourself in both laboratory and clinical-based environments.

Taught units deliver intensive research training covering scientific writing, critical appraisal of scientific literature, presentation skills, experimental design, statistics and grant writing, giving you the key skills to be a successful researcher. In addition to the taught units of the MRes in Health Sciences Research, there is a choice of two TCM units from the following:

Coronary Artery Disease I
Coronary Artery Disease II
Heart and Valve Disease
Paediatric Heart Disease
Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke


Programme structure

The programme comprises four of the five units of the MRes in Health Sciences Research (two 10-credit units and two 20-credit units), along with a specialised 120-credit research project. You will have a choice of two different projects: in renal sciences or in renal epidemiology/ health sciences. The project consists of an extended period of research work, followed by writing a thesis, a viva and an oral presentation. You can choose to undertake a clinical placement alongside the project.

Entry requirements

You can study a Masters’ level degree after three or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.