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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to develop a rigorous scientific approach to understanding of cardiovascular health and the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease. This will be achieved through a series of lectures, laboratory practical, case study sessions and interactive clinical demonstrations. This will be delivered by academic staff from the Institute of Medical Sciences and clinical staff from NHS Grampian. This will equip you with the full range of academic, critical thinking, research and investigatory skills necessary for laboratory research and/or PhD study.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nicola Mutch

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of taught lectures, laboratory practical, data analysis, clinical demonstrations and clinical case studies. By completing this programme you will be able to critically evaluate current concepts in the field of cardiovascular disease research; exhibit a deep understanding of how risk factors interact at a molecular, cellular and whole body level lead to the development of cardiovascular disease and gain a critical insight into cardiovascular therapies in the clinical situation; form a debate around the effects of different risk factors and how these contribute to health and disease; and finally design and conduct a research study that would answer an important question in cardiovascular disease therapeutic targets.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

2x Essay Questions = 20% each

Multiple Choice Questions = 10%

Practical Report = 20%

2x Clinical Case Studies = 15% each

Alternative Resit Assessment

30 minute oral exam examining all ILOs. Two examiners would be present.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse methods of technologies, practices and materials associated with cardiovascular disease research.
ConceptualEvaluateA critical understanding of the main theories, concepts and principles in one or more specialisms within the cardiovascular field.
ProceduralAnalyseplanning, executing and analysing data in a laboratory practical in the cardiovascular field
ReflectionEvaluatedemonstrating originality in creating scientific debate incorporating up to date knowledge in cardiovascular health and disease

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