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Cardiovascular Sciences introduction

Cardiovascular Sciences introduction
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Introduction

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of global morbidity and mortality. This course, significantly restructured from 2014, will provide students with an understanding of the scientific foundations and an introduction to the epidemiology, investigation, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This course will consist of a two-week foundation course for the BSc, three five-week taught modules and either a research project or a specialist course (two five-week modules).

The Course Director is Professor Cesare Terracciano (c.terracciano@imperial.ac.uk).


Aims and objectives

The course will give a firm grounding in the scientific foundations of the study of cardiovascular disease.

Specifically, the course will provide students with:

  • A sound knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular science, extending to current research controversies and challenges
  • An understanding of and critical approach to the scientific evidence on which this knowledge is based
  • An appreciation of the fundamental principles and practice of scientific research within the field
  • An introduction to the epidemiology, investigation, management, and treatment of cardiovascular disease

The course has been recently restructured to focus on cardiovascular disease areas and has a strong translational emphasis. The normal functioning of the heart and vasculature, the mechanisms that are involved in a particular disease, how these affect individual patients and populations and finally the scientific basis of established and novel treatments will be discussed in detail.There will also be an introduction to the principles of epidemiology, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic strategies as applied to cardiovascular diseases.

There will also be an introduction to the principles of epidemiology, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic strategies as applied to cardiovascular diseases.


With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses are split into Parts A, B and C. Parts A and B run from September until February and comprise teaching on the BSc course topic. Part C, which runs from March until May, gives students the opportunity to undertake a project.

The BSc project is a ten-week research project, which gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about scientific research. The project is assessed via an oral presentation of the project (25% of Part C marks) and a 5000-word project write-up (75% of Part C marks). Examples of the type of projects available can be found in this list of past BSc project titles (PDF).