Providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the field and allowing you to gain practical experience working as part of leading research groups in the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences you will investigate molecular, physiological and pathological processes underlying cardiovascular homeostasis in health and disease.
A good BSc Honours degree, normally first or upper second class, in a science subject (e.g. Biomedical Science, Biology, Biochemistry, etc.). Other equivalent qualifications and work experience will also be considered alongside University regulations.
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
Research Methods (Distance Learning)
This module will provide you with an understanding of the breadth of cardiovascular science, the current theories and dogmas within the field and exposure to cutting edge research.
Theory of Laboratory Research Methods
You will receive introductory lectures and course work books on specific methodologies including molecular biology, cell culture and biochemical approaches as tools for biological research. In particular, techniques such as PCR amplification, gene cloning, protein expression in cultured cells, the study of antigen antibody interactions, tissue culture and cell differentiation assay will be covered. Analytical techniques will include agarose gel electrophoresis western blotting , ELISA and real time PCR analysis of RNA expression. Fluorescence techniques such as flow cytometry, fluorescence/ confocal microscopy will also be covered.
During the project, you will undertake a dedicated research project working in one of the research labs. You will design and carry out experiments, analyse your data and prepare it for presentation at group meetings and in a thesis.
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