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Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    The Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine) intercalated programme 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 incorporates taught components in research methods, pharmacology and cardiovascular pathophysiology and a substantial cardiovascular research project.

  • Course content

    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 Electrics 10 credits
    • Paper Commentary 10 credits
    • Integrated Cardiovascular Physiology 10 credits
    • The Cardiovascular Patient 10 credits
    • Research Methods for Clinical Sciences 10 credits
    • Research Project in Clinical Sciences 60 credits
    • Molecular Pharmacology 10 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).

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    You can also email the programme coordinator with any queries.


    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

  • Career opportunities

    This programme may be particularly beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in cardiology, vascular surgery, anaesthetics and related subject areas.

  • Past students

    Personal Benefits and Successes - Jonathan Batty 2011-12

    "Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009) emphasises the role of a doctor as a 'scientist and scholar’ in addition to a ‘practitioner and professional’. Through completing the Clinical Sciences BSc programme, I have had the opportunity to conduct primary research over the course of a full academic year; acquiring data that will hopefully be presentable and publishable, and to some extent, truly becoming an expert in my chosen field.

    By formal teaching of research methodology, I now feel that I can critically approach and review a broad range of scientific literature, commenting upon strengths and weaknesses of research design, analysis and interpretation. Through the taught modules the programme has conferred a greater understanding of the scientific evidence base of medicine and has allowed me greater exploration of subject areas that interest me.

    Working closely with my supervisors over the course of the academic year has offered an excellent insight into the working life of a clinical academic, and has offered unique opportunities to develop my research skills.

    The programme has fostered a rigorous scientific approach that will support my future clinical and research decision-making. After completing this course, I feel qualified to contribute to medical research; better prepared for a career on the wards in addition to in an academic setting. Regardless of whether I pursue an academic career in future, clinical sciences has offered a challenging yet highly-rewarding opportunity to complete a long-term research project in a field in which I am interested, an eminently worthy task."