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The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme is lead by a medical lead for cardiology and stroke medicine who are both senior doctors and offers the opportunity to study all aspects of clinical cardiology including expert assessment and management of a range of cardiac conditions, cardiac interventions, interpretation and practical skills. Read more
The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme is lead by a medical lead for cardiology and stroke medicine who are both senior doctors and offers the opportunity to study all aspects of clinical cardiology including expert assessment and management of a range of cardiac conditions, cardiac interventions, interpretation and practical skills. Stroke content includes hyper acute stroke, thrombolysis, interpretation of CT and MRI, TIA management, maximising stroke care, rehabilitation and long term The programme can be regarded as vital training for the early stages of cardiology or stroke specialist training with clear learning objectives.

About the course

We welcome interest from junior doctors with career intentions in stroke or cardiology, general practitioners with special interest as well as acute medicine or emergency medicine physicians who want to enhance their understanding of stroke or cardiology. We also welcome interest from clinical nurse specialists and other healthcare professionals working in cardiology and stroke or emergency or acute medicine.

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke is a modular programme. Some of the modules are compulsory and some are optional. Learning may be shared in some core modules with healthcare professionals on other clinical programmes in Postgraduate Medicine.
If you are studying this course full time, please note it is typically studied over 12 months

The programme leads to the award of MSc Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiology or Postgraduate Certificate in Stroke depending on the number of modules you choose to study.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme has been developed in response to the local and national emergence of specialist ‘Stroke’ and ‘Heart Attack’ centres. The implementation of the national service frameworks and the development of national strategies and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, initial management and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease have advanced the quality of patient care. The technological and therapeutic advances in the treatment of cardiovascular illness places an increasing demand upon practitioners to develop knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making.

Simulation, (both high and low fidelity) is increasingly popular and a highly sought after method in learning and teaching practice, throughout the NHS and private health care sector and internationally. UH has state of the art simulation facilities including cardiovascular specific simulators, a rack record and the expertise in simulation education.

The MSc. Cardiology and Stroke aims to provide students with the requisite clinical assessment, decision-making skills and management for a range of cardiology conditions and stroke including pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions.

Structure

Optional
-Applied Clinical Assessment & Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke
-Applied Clinical Assessment and Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke
-Clinical Practice in Action
-Core Competencies in Medical Practice
-Decision Making & Management in Cardiology and Stroke
-Decision Making in Cardiology and Stroke
-Evidence Based Practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-Health and Medical Simulation - Design and Delivery
-Healthcare Disciplines Project
-Leadership in Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Medical Emergencies and Human Error- Managing Risk, Improving Services
-Service Improvement Project
-Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology
-Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology
-Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke
-Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke
-Work Based Learning
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

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This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare. Read more
This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare.

Learning in key professional domains includes service leadership and development, research, commissioning and communication and teaching. The cardiology content of the programme provides comprehensive learning to meet the professional development needs of a wide range of practitioners working in cardiology including: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiologists and radiographers.

The course aims to increase students’ practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced clinical and interventional cardiology, by promoting their exploration of the current evidence for diagnosis and treatment. The course seeks to enable the student to use this evidence toward good practice through focussing on the practical aspects of the care of common cardiac conditions from a medical and patient perspective. In addition, the course aims to promote a wider understanding of the differing profiles and contributory roles of the various health care professionals involved in the care of cardiac patients.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader. The clinical modules are also assessed by means of an unseen written examination.

PGCert:

MDM135 Acute Cardiology Principles and Practice (20 credits)
MDM136 Fundamentals of Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures and Investigations (20 credits)
MDM137 Invasive and Interventional Cardiology (20 credits)

PGDip:

PGCert Modules PLUS

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

AND

MDM110 Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)

OR

MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

MSc:

PGDip Modules

PLUS

MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

On completion of the course, students will have a broad understanding of cardiovascular medicine combined with a portfolio of advanced research and leadership skills to support the development of specialist interest in cardiology and enhance career opportunities.

PGCERT CARDIOLOGY IN THE COMMUNITY

This course has been designed for professionals working in primary care and community settings.
Teaching focuses on the recognition and management of common cardiovascular conditions with the goal of enhanced delivery of cardiovascular care in community settings and the promotion of the most recent evidence-based care for people with cardiac-related illness.

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Help meet the ever growing need for cardiologists with an in-depth knowledge of Sports Cardiology in areas such as; the drive for a healthier lifestyle, the growing population of amateur athletes, with 2.5 million marathon runs per year in Europe, alone; and the commitment of sporting organisations to pre-participation screening. Read more
Help meet the ever growing need for cardiologists with an in-depth knowledge of Sports Cardiology in areas such as; the drive for a healthier lifestyle, the growing population of amateur athletes, with 2.5 million marathon runs per year in Europe, alone; and the commitment of sporting organisations to pre-participation screening.

Sports cardiology is a new but rapidly evolving subspecialty in cardiology. The Sports Cardiology Unit at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust is run by world-leading experts in this rapidly advancing area of medicine. This unique programme addresses the increasing demand for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. The programme is delivered in collaboration with an internationally renowned consortium, giving you access to expertise limited to only a few centres around the world. The active involvement of key figures from sporting organisations facilitates innovative educational projects, enhancing your practical experience and cultivating your leadership skills.

The programme offers access to state of the art equipment, cutting-edge research and top-level athletes. You will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive range of expertise in Sports Cardiology and cement your practical skills for the evaluation of athletes of different demographics and sporting disciplines, as well as healthy sedentary young individuals and patients with heart disease.

Highlights

- Taught by world leading experts in Sports Cardiology
- St George's has world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise
- Campus is co-located with a leading teaching hospital
- Institutional expertise in multi-professional education
- St George’s scored 92% overall student satisfaction in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014
- St George’s clinical research ranked 4th for impact
- St George's is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world according to the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings

A formal MSc degree in sports cardiology conferred by a well-established and well published academic institution will set you apart from the potential competition and will provide you with unique employment opportunities within national health systems, sporting organisations and charitable organisations dedicated to sport and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

For more information visit sgul.ac.uk/sportscardiology

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This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists. Read more
This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists.

The course aims to establish a strong research foundation and the practical application of best practice in cardiovascular health and disease prevention.

You will gain knowledge of, and experience in, the theory and clinical application of evidence-based preventive cardiology practice.

You will have the option to study for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Preventive Cardiology building towards the full MSc, or to study the full MSc from the outset depending on the level and direction of your ambitions.

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This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists and occupational therapists. Read more
This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists and occupational therapists.

This course offers a sound background in preventive cardiology theory and practice, as well as the development of research skills.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to transfer and extend your studies to a full MSc in Preventive Cardiology.

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This course is two years and is designed to provide a high level of postgraduate training for doctors wishing to become trained in non-invasive and invasive cardiology. Read more
This course is two years and is designed to provide a high level of postgraduate training for doctors wishing to become trained in non-invasive and invasive cardiology. Applicants will have a M.R.C.P.I. or equivalent qualification.

The course aims to provide the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and research skills necessary to run a comprehensive cardiac service. It consists of lectures, clinically supervised practical procedures in the management of the cardiac patient, and a research project or dissertation. The course is assessed by examination, continual assessment and assessment of the research project or dissertation.

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This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists. Read more
This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists.

It offers a sound theoretical background together with skills training in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have the option to transfer and extend your studies to a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) or a full MSc in Preventive Cardiology.

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Cardiac physiologists are responsible for recording and analysing physiological data to diagnose and treat known or suspected cardiac disease. Read more
Cardiac physiologists are responsible for recording and analysing physiological data to diagnose and treat known or suspected cardiac disease. Clinical physiologists must combine highly specialist knowledge, skills and analytical problem solving with patient care and support to provide high quality modern healthcare.

Our MSc Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) degree will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the fundamental principles and recent advances in the field alongside mechanisms underpinning the major pathological processes. Our students build their knowledge of modern technologies used in diagnostics and research to solve complex problems related to disease investigation required to progress their own research.

You will develop practical skills to carry out experimental research and the critical evaluation and analysis skills required for literature reviews; assessing essential facts, concepts, principles and theories; legal requirements for human experiments and ethical issues relating to research with human subjects and human tissue relevant to your research.

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This part time postgraduate module of 30 credits is open to registered nurses. It can be studied as part of a programme leading to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc. Read more
This part time postgraduate module of 30 credits is open to registered nurses. It can be studied as part of a programme leading to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc. It can also be studied as a stand alone module to meet SSPRD requirements supporting extended nursing roles.

The module aims to enable the student to enhance knowledge and skills relating to patient assessment in order to propose and initiate appropriate intervention or referral. It also develops knowledge on the pathophysiological / psychosocial impact of cardiac disease, and the ethical & legal implications for practice with regard to assessment & managing acute & critically ill people.

Students apply this learning to their own role, developing their own portfolio of learning to enhance transferable skills & knowledge relating to evaluation of their own role & care provision.

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Modules

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

[[Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses Online. Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses Online

Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, who have an established reputation for delivering innovative learning, we currently offer a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. These Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine courses are one-of-a-kind and have been developed to holistically address the approach to vascular disease.

Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas; this fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine courses are aimed at GPs, Secondary Care Trainees in Diabetes, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry, Allied Health Professionals and Practice Nurses running CV clinics who wish to develop their skills in this area of work.

The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Courses can be completed online and are available 24/7, giving you the flexibility to learn at a time that suits your busy schedule.

Our Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine has been developed for GPs, Secondary Care Trainees in Diabetes, Vascular Surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry, Allied Health Professionals and Practice Nurses running CV clinics who wish to develop their skills in this area of work. Our course is pioneering and focuses on preventative cardiovascular medicine rather than on cardiology. You will be one of the first to attain a recognised qualification in this area.

* Diploma MSc has a Commercial Participator Relationship with HEART UK – The Cholesterol Charity. Diploma MSc pays an introductory fee to HEART UK Trading Company Ltd for every student accepted on the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course who has been recommended by HEART UK. Registration number 03679100 (which gift aids all of its taxable profits to HEART UK) to help raise the awareness of the risks of raised cholesterol. http://www.heartuk.org.uk.

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma course.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

qualification certificates
one written reference
English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

MSc

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online.

Applicants can also apply for our MSc qualification as a two-year course (undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in their first year).

Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

qualification certificates
one written reference

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The MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science offers a unique exposure to four key areas through our four streams. Innovations in Heart Failure. Read more

MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science

The MSc Innovations in Cardiological Science offers a unique exposure to four key areas through our four streams:

Innovations in Heart Failure
Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease
Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

This is a one-off programme for those who already hold a medical degree and wish to commence further education at an internationally renowned institution at the forefront of innovations in cardiovascular science and clinical cardiology. This programme offers students the fantastic opportunity to study in conjunction with a world renowned specialist cardiology hospital - The Royal Brompton Hospital - and alongside some of its principal specialists who lead the modules in this course.

The combination of the Royal Brompton's principal specialists with the excellent research reputation of the National Heart & Lung Institute will give you the best opportunity to advance your medical career and network with leading medical and scientific professionals in cardiology.

Programme structure

All Master’s students will take part in four compulsory stream-specific modules: Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Electrophysiology. You will then specialise in one of the four streams and take part in a further stream specific advanced study module in addition to conducting a stream-specific six-month research project. You can opt to do the four compulsory modules only and obtain a Postgraduate Certificate.

Is this programme for you?

This is a noteworthy programme in an international institution for science and clinical innovation which will appeal to all physicians with an interest in cardiological sciences.

All students will gain:

An in-depth understanding of the science and cutting edge research relating to four cardiological sub-specialisms or streams.
A critical awareness of current problems and developments relating to cutting edge management of cardiological conditions within each of the four sub-specialisms.
The skills to critically evaluate the published literature on research and clinical practice in each of the four sub-specialisms.
The ability to advance their knowledge and understanding through independent learning, and to develop new skills to a high level.
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
In addition, students graduating from the full Masters programme will also be able to:

Deal logically and creatively with complex and unpredictable situations and make sound judgements based on incomplete data.
Demonstrate initiative, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
Communicate clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Translate knowledge, leadership and technical skills of one sub-specialism into the workplace and personal practice in an original way.

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This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in their chosen area of Special Interest. Read more
This programme enables practitioners to gain a formally recognised standard of competence in their chosen area of Special Interest. It is taught and run by advanced clinicians, allied health professionals and service improvement specialists. It is designed for General Practitioners, Nurse Specialists and other medical professionals working in the specialty clinical environment.

There are four distinct versions of the Diploma, tailored to the following specialisms:
-Cardiology
-Diabetes
-Gynaecology
-Musculoskeletal Medicine with Rheumatology

As a part-time diploma, this programme contains a large element of work-based learning. Attendance is only required for a total of eight study days on five separate occasions throughout the 18 months, so is accessible to students nationally.

This well established programme is delivered by The Ridge Training Ltd., as an external partner to the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford. This falls under the collaborative provision regulations, so although the Programmes are taught wholly by The Ridge, quality assurance and assessment are governed by the University of Bradford regulations.

The programme structure is specifically designed to encourage the development of the specialist practitioner role, by encouraging collaborative clinical work-based training between the practitioner and the clinical mentor. The issues of ethics and informed consent are an integrated part of the students’ daily practice, and it is implicit in all the modules that there is conformity to the usual standards and guidelines in these areas.

During the programme the emphasis is on critical thinking, reflective learning and the practice of evidence-based medicine. Students are enabled to directly apply their learning to their current and future roles.

Each module has a number of set learning outcomes, and it is up to you, together with your self-identified local clinical mentor, to identify your learning needs and generate the training plan to fulfil these learning outcomes. You will have a teaching day on the clinical content of each module, after which you will attend at least 14 sessions in suitable clinics of your choice over a period of 6 months (clinical attachment). At the end of this period you will have to demonstrate your competency in managing patients, and an ability to critically reflect on your own practice.

Any module can be selected as a standalone if students do not wish to complete the whole programme. On successful completion of their chosen modules students will be awarded a Certificate. Students who successfully complete all modules gain the Diploma, and will be able to progress to the MSc for Practitioners with Special Interest if they wish. Students who successfully complete the Diploma will have greater breadth of knowledge of cardiology than those who complete the Certificate.

Professional Accreditation

The Cardiology for Practitioners with a Special Interest version of the Diploma is accredited by the British Cardiovascular Society.

Why Bradford?

The programme is attached to the Faculty of Health Studies, which is recognised both nationally and internationally for the excellence of its programmes and graduates. Bradford was one of the first areas in the country to establish specialised training, initially for GPs, quickly broadening out to include nurse specialists and other professionals allied to health.

Career support and prospects

All of the students are employed within their specialties, and are able therefore to directly enhance service delivery by application of learning to their clinical practice.

Achievement of the qualification can also provide new employment opportunities and promotions. Students can progress to the MSc on completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.

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This course aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of cardiovascular rehabilitation and prevention, to prepare health professionals to provide an effective cardiac rehabilitation service, and to objectively evaluate their practice through research. Read more
This course aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of cardiovascular rehabilitation and prevention, to prepare health professionals to provide an effective cardiac rehabilitation service, and to objectively evaluate their practice through research. It also aims to develop the health professionals' knowledge of current prevention strategies in the area of cardiovascular disease. The student will gain research experience and undertake a research dissertation.

The course will comprise the following modules: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology, Exercise Prescription, Clinical Exercise Prescription, Research Methods and Statistics, Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Health Policy and Management, Research Dissertation.

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Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. Read more

Course outline

Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:

• Cardiology
• Respiratory Medicine
• Gastroenterology
• Infectious Diseases
• Emergency Medicine
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Critical Care including ITU
• Nephrology
• Radiology
• Neurology
• Dermatology
• Haematology & Oncology
• Rheumatology
• Ethics and Law in Medicine
• Audit and Dissertation

The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD), with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.

Programme structure

The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:

• Gastroenterology
• Respiratory Medicine
• Cardiology
• Infectious Diseases
• Emergency Medicine
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Critical Care
• General Internal Medicine

One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:

Total student engagement time: 450 hours
Theory lectures: 65 hours
Tutorials: 200 hours
Problem based learning: 135 hours
Private study: 50 hours

For the General Internal Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:

Total student engagement time: 450 hours
Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours
Clinical audit: 50 hours
Dissertation: 200 hours
Private study: 100 hours

Clinical placement

Students will be expected to spend eight 10-week placements at other UK NHS Trusts. A minimum of two terms will be spent at any one trust hospital. This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience.

Speciality conferences

During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned.

Grand Rounds (Ealing Hospital)

At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.

Accreditation

The Quality Assurance Agency, QAA, is an independent body which checks the quality of UK higher education through an institutional audit. The University of Buckingham voluntarily takes part in this audit process.

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Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. Read more
Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of death and ill health worldwide. This established MSc programme, taught by scientists and clinicians who are leaders in their field, offers students the opportunity to learn about topical areas in cardiovascular science, preparing them for further research or a career in industry.

Degree information

Students will develop a detailed knowledge of molecular and cellular cardiovascular science, animal models of cardiovascular disease, microvascular biology and mechanisms by which the heart and vasculature function in health and disease, as well as laboratory and statistical methods. They will gain valuable research skills and an awareness of the ethical, legal and social aspects of developments in cardiovascular disease.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and the research project (60 credits).

Core modules
-Cardiovascular Diseases
-Animal Models of Cardiovascular Disease
-Congenital Heart Disease - Fundamentals
-Heart and Circulation (30 credits)
-Basic Statistics for Medical Science

Optional modules - 30 credits of optional modules drawn from the following:
-Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
-Clinical Application of Pharmacogenetic Test
-Drug Discovery II
-Microvascular Biology
-An introduction to Molecular Laboratory Methods in Cardiovascular Research
-Clinical Cardiology (open to clinicians only)

Clinical Cardiology is an academic MSc module rather than a standard clinical placement. The emphasis is to appreciate the impact of advances in cardiovascular science upon clinical practice.

Dissertation/research project
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words and an oral presentation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, journal clubs, a quiz, statistical and laboratory practicals and anatomical examination of human congenital heart disease specimens. Assessment is through written and oral examinations, coursework essays, case reports, journal club and other oral presentations and the dissertation.

Careers

All graduates of this programme will be well placed for a PhD in this field and a career in research, and will have a sound basis for entry into the pharma industry.

Basic scientists may use the MSc as a stepping stone to MBBS studies. The programme also provides an excellent training for related fields such as scientific journalism and in areas requiring critical appraisal of complex data.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Senior Lecturer, Lahore Medical & Dental College
-Doctor, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
-GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), BPP
-PhD Cardiac Electrophysiology, University of Surrey
-PhD Cardiovascular Science, University College London (UCL)

Employability
In addition to the academic insight into Cardiovascular Science, this programme supports the development of a wide range of skills which students will use at work. Oral and written communication skills are enhanced. Writing essays and the research project dissertation involves searching the literature, selection and interpretation of publications, and organisation of complex ideas into the final report.

Learning activities in the Statistics module develop quantitative analytical skills. Student develop group and independent projects. They gain insight into research planning and time management. They are supported by a personal tutor and informed by careers events and the UCL Careers Service.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science brings together world-leading scientists and clinicians working in cardiovascular research to conduct innovative research for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the heart and circulation, and provide world-class teaching and training, and forward-thinking policy development.

UCL has one of the largest, most dynamic cardiovascular research bases in the UK. This interdisciplinary programme is taught in collaboration with UCLH, the Institute of Ophthalmology, the Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Barts Heart Centre, offering students access to a world-leading community at the forefront of cardiovascular research.

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