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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 three core teaching blocks, a self-directed learning block involving independent and group work, and a 12-week research project. 

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 will 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 run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 12 week research project within their specialism.