"This course offers a unique opportunity for students to enter medical research in an area that will have a fundamental impact on the everyday quality of human life."
Neville Hall, Course Leader
Pioneering research is vital to detecting and preventing heart disease, the number one cause of premature death in the western world. Our specialist degree produces confident medical researchers who are able to assess, diagnose and treat life-threatening heart conditions.
Why study BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) at Middlesex University?
This degree will give you knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. We are focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and we will encourage you to become an independent learner by leading on your own research projects in an area of specialist interest. Throughout your studies you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.
Please Note: this programme will not lead to a qualification as a Healthcare Scientist (Cardiac Physiologist/Neurophysiologist). For further information please follow the links below:
What will you study on the BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) degree at Middlesex University?
Your studies are set in the context of the huge increase of heart disease in the western world, making research in this area more crucial than ever. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular disease and how it is assessed, diagnosed and treated. For example, you will explore the use of ECGs and exercise stress testing, where patients exercise attached to an ECG monitor and results indicate abnormalities in heart function.
Through applying scientific methods and studying approaches to research you will learn the importance of scientific research to evidence based practice. We offer a unique opportunity to tailor your learning towards your career aspirations through an independent learning module in the final year, which is supported by our expert academic, clinical, research and technical staff.
Healthcare Science 1
The module introduces students to the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide them with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
Healthcare Science 2
The module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
Introduction to Physiological Sciences 1
The module is designed to provide students with an in depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiology, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.
Introduction to Physiological Sciences 2
The module provides the student with basic the theory and practice of cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.
The module provides the student with insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, understand what roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help students develop their communication, study and teamworking skills.
This module will provide the student with a firm grounding in interpretation of the abnormal ECG and its causative pathologies. Recording of the blood pressure through non-invasive measurement at rest and on the ambulant patient is discussed. The module also provides a detailed background for ambulatory monitoring of the ECG.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
The module aims to provide the student with an in depth knowledge and understanding of disease processes and common diseases associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It will explore the epidemiology, public health and psychosocial aspects of each disease.
Medical Instrumentation and Imaging
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.
Research Methods and Professional Practice
This module aims to provide students with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final-year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of a pacing and cardiac catheterisation in adults and children. In addition, the student will gain a deep appreciation in physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to each investigative procedure or therapeutic intervention.
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of provocative electrocardiography. In addition, the student will gain a deep appreciation physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to this investigative procedure. This module will also build on earlier work to develop the themes of public health and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, risk factors, risk assessment and primary prevention including behavioural change management.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What sort of careers can you have with a degree in Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science)?
Our degree is the ideal foundation for postgraduate study through taking a diploma, masters or PhD. The degree is also an excellent grounding for a variety of careers within research, academia and teaching (within a school, college or university); science communications (journalism or publishing); and scientific sales and marketing (particularly in diagnostic equipment).
A graduate could undertake further study, which leads to a career in the NHS as a clinical scientist, clinical physiologist, physiotherapist, nurse or medical doctor. Fast-track training programmes are available for many NHS professions.