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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Cardiovascular Medicine

Programme code:BS-CMUCAS code:
Duration:1 Year Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Mark Drinkhill Contact address:m.j.drinkhill@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of the first two years of an MBChB programme at UK Universities or international equivalent. For international students proof of English Language proficiency will be required. In line with undergraduate medicine we require a minimum of English GCSE grade B or IELTS 7.5 (including a 7.5 in spoken English), or equivalent.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Medicine

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Medicine Undergraduate Examination Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

QAA Academic Statement Medicine

5 Intellectual attributes:
1. Graduates should demonstrate their ability to think critically by:
a) adopting reflective and inquisitive attitudes and applying rational processes;
b) recognising the impact of their own value judgements and those of patients.

2. Graduates should demonstrate proficiency in clinical reasoning through their ability to:
a) recognise, define and prioritise problems;
b) analyse, interpret, objectively evaluate and prioritise information, recognising its limitations;
c) recognise the limitations of knowledge in medicine and the importance of professional judgement.

3. Graduates should demonstrate insight into research and scientific methods through:
a) understanding and critical appreciation of methodology;
b) formulating research questions that are pertinent to medicine;
c) choice and application of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
d) recognition of the importance of rigour in collecting, analysing and interpreting data;
e) recognition of the relationship between evidence, audit and observed variation in clinical practice.

4. Graduates should exhibit creativity/resourcefulness in their professional learning, scientific endeavour and clinical practice.

5. Graduates should demonstrate their ability to recognise and cope with uncertainty by:
a) accepting that uncertainty is unavoidable in the practice of medicine
b) using appropriate cognitive and intellectual abilities to deal with uncertainty when it arises.

Generic graduate skills:
In relation to generic (transferable) skills, the graduate will be able to:
a) adopt the principles of reflective practice and lifelong learning;
b) retrieve, manage, and manipulate information by all means, including electronically;
c) present information clearly in written, electronic and oral forms, and communicate ideas and arguments effectively;
d) effectively manage time and resources and set priorities;
e) apply the principles of scientific research and audit;
f) study topics in depth;
g) deal with uncertainty and work within a changing environment;
h) teach effectively and act as a mentor to others;
i) work effectively within a team.

Programme specification:

Cardiovascular Medicine intercalated programme incorporates broad pharmacology and research
methods taught components with a strong cardiovascular taught component and cardiovascular research project. The
programme addresses an un-met need and local demand for an intercalated cardiovascular degree where the
cardiovascular element is specifically recognised in the title of the awarded degree.

The programme is for students who wish to intercalate between Years 2 and 3, 3 and 4 or 4 and 5 and applications will be
considered from students based at Leeds or other medical schools. Normally, students will have completed Year 2 of the
MBChB programme, or equivalent, with no failed assessments or examinations.

Students who take Cardiovascular Medicine in the intercalated year will form a group in which
learning is focused on the application of scientific methods to clinical problems and on understanding the physiology,
pathophysiology and pharmacology of cardiovascular disease.

The research project forms 50% (60 credits) of the course and will be carried out over the course of the academic year.
The research project will usually be laboratory-based but may involve gathering information from patients in clinic or in
hospital. Before students are allocated to a project they are encouraged to meet potential supervisors and discuss the
research work. Students who wish to intercalate in Cardiovascular Medicine are invited to express a
preference for three projects from a broad selection of cardiovascular options (both clinical and basic science) and
allocation to projects takes place with reference to student preference.

The other half of the programme comprises six compulsory 10 credit taught modules directed to the in depth study of
cardiovascular disease and the development of broader research skills.

Learning takes place in lectures, small groups (tutorials, practicals, student-led presentations, case discussions) and
through self-directed learning activities (literature review and evaluation, computer practicals).

We will review and change the contents of the programme to match developments in medical research and in response to
feedback from students and the External Examiners.

Students taking the BSc honours degree in Cardiovascular Medicine will be required to pass at least
100 out of the 120 year 3 credits at level 3.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

CARD2010Cardiovascular Pumps, Pipes and Electrics
Pre-requisite for: CARD3030
10 creditsSemester 1
CARD3020Paper Commentary10 creditsSemester 1
CARD3030Integrated Cardiovascular Physiology10 creditsSemester 2
CARD3040The Cardiovascular Patient10 creditsSemester 2
CARD3050Research Project in Cardiovascular Medicine60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
CARD3190Cardiovascular Molecular Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
EPIB3035Research Methods for Clinical Sciences10 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 31/05/2018

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