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MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare. Our degrees in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare are designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including: healthcare scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and advanced practitioners. Read more

MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

Our degrees in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare are designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including: healthcare scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and advanced practitioners.

It will take you through a programme of learning to deepen your knowledge and skills in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, enabling you to enhance your career in your chosen field.

The multidisciplinary lecturers will draw on their clinical and research experience at national and international level to facilitate your learning.

You will have the opportunity to discuss new technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of ill-health and their impact on the delivery of person-centred healthcare.

The course is flexible and modular, and available as a full- or part-time MSc, delivered over one or two years respectively. It is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and distance learning.

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are made up of core and optional taught modules. The MSc is made of the certificate, diploma and an extensive research project.

Streams

There are four study streams available and MSc students will receive a different award based upon the stream chosen and modules studied.

  • General stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare
  • Cardiovascular Care stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Cardiovascular Care)
  • Nursing stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Nursing)
  • Respiratory Care stream - MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Respiratory Care)

Structure - MSc

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Reflections and Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Provides a broad understanding of the practice of cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, an opportunity to observe clinical practice and reflect on the reality of health service provision.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Research project

You complete an extensive research project assessed by a written dissertation and oral presentation. The research project can be undertaken in a variety of settings, and will be supervised by a member of the faculty at Imperial.

Your supervisor will provide guidance and support for developing the research question, design of the project and data collection, thesis writing and oral presentation.

We offer four types of project:

  • Primary research using quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Systematic review or qualitative synthesis of the literature
  • An analysis of data from research databases or registries
  • Clinical service improvement

Structure - PG Certificate

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Structure - PG Diploma

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support


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Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. Read more
Cardiovascular disease is projected to remain the single leading cause of death over the next two decades, accountable for considerable disability and reduction in quality of life. This Masters in Cardiovascular Sciences will include specialist training in the epidemiological nature of the disease, in combination with analysis of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie its development.

Why this programme

◾This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre. Cardiovascular Medicine at Glasgow is rated in the UK’s top ten and has a research grant income of £50M.
◾Research for the MSc in Cardiovascular Sciences is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
◾You will undertake a research project with an established cardiovascular researcher.
◾This course is provided by world leading experts in the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre.
◾The Cardiovascular Science Degree has a modular based course containing taught elements, tutorial sessions, critical review sessions and hands-on demonstration of current laboratory techniques.
◾Tailored laboratory projects to suit student’s expertise and interests.
◾If you are a science or medicine graduate looking to gain knowledge and new skills in the field of cardiovascular medicine, this programme is designed for you.
◾You will have the opportunity to acquire and integrate a knowledge base in many new techniques for research in clinical cardiovascular medicine, including established risk factor measurements, novel imaging techniques, gene therapy, stem cells and the evolving genomics and proteomics fields.
◾Cardiovascular science is a priority area for research funding, in recognition of the fact that new, improved treatments are required and that these can only arise through better understanding of its development. The University of Glasgow has a world-renowned reputation for expertise in cardiovascular research and education.
◾Research is supported by the BHF, MRC, Wellcome Trust, CSO, BBSRC and the European Commission.
◾Opportunities exist at Glasgow University to continue to PhD Studies.

Programme structure

In addition to the taught courses you will take part in student-led critical review sessions where you will provide a critical appraisal of a scientific research paper taken from current literature.

You will also take part in an introductory session on how to review a scientific paper, designed to give you experience of reading, summarising and presenting the findings of a scientific publication in a critical manner.

Core courses
◾Clinical aspects of cardiovascular disease
◾Established and novel research techniques
◾Evidence based research in medicine
◾Medical statistics
◾Topics in therapeutics - general topics and cardiovascular disease
◾Topics in therapeutics - commonly used drugs
◾Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - fundamentals of molecular medicine
◾Pharmacogenomic and molecular medicine - applied pharamcogenomics and molecular medicine

Optional courses
◾Basic science diabetes and vascular disease
◾Clinical and research audit

In addition you will undertake a dissertation/project supervised by an established cardiovascular researcher.

Career prospects

Successful graduates will emerge equipped with the skills necessary for a career in the highly competitive field of cardiovascular research. Career opportunities include education, clinical translational cardiovascular research, public health bodies or commercial industrial research in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Students who have completed course are currently employed in NHS, PhD programmes, academia and industry.

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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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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Our postgraduate diploma online course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in this medical area.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competence.
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Develop and deliver interventions for the wider population and safely use preventative cardiovascular approaches in specific cases.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1798-postgraduate-diploma-in-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration:

Principles of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (20 credits)
This module focuses on the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.

Cardiovascular Risk Management (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
- Lipid Metabolism in Clinical Practice (20 credits)*
This module develops a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Management of Lipid Disorders (20 credits)
This module ensures that students develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.

Hypertension: Diagnosis and Management (20 credits)
This module enables students to develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine in Special Situations (20 credits)
This module involves gaining a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the 6 modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course promotes and enhances professional skills and knowledge among its students that have direct relevance and application to the demands of their working roles. There is increasing competition for employment in the healthcare arena, with increasing specialisation. It is envisaged that students will be GPs, medical trainees in Diabetes, Vascular surgery, Cardiology, Medical Biochemistry in addition to Allied Health Professionals, and Practice Nurses running CV clinics.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box, the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:
- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK
- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine
- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of - FH Wales Professional Advisory Group
- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, this Master’s course is specifically designed to provide advanced education and learning opportunities for graduates and healthcare professionals within this field. Read more
Taught at our Parkgate Road Campus in Chester, this Master’s course is specifically designed to provide advanced education and learning opportunities for graduates and healthcare professionals within this field.

Why Study Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation with us?

The prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a cost-effective means of managing the leading cause of death in the UK and in many parts of the developed world.

The MSc is delivered by a team of experienced academics and leading specialist front-line lead practitioners, enabling graduates to leave with the most up-to-date level of knowledge. The aims of our course are for you to develop:
- a critical understanding of cardiovascular health and rehabilitation concepts
- a scientific and enquiring approach to the study of physiological, psychological, social and healthcare management components for managing people with and/or those at higher risk of CVD.

Our course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of cardiovascular health and the process of rehabilitation. Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology is covered in detail, with application to exercise and the practicalities of working with a patient with CVD.

You will also learn about the complexities of exercise prescription, the role of nutrition in CVD and the psychological influences that can drive behaviour change. There is also specialist input from the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Modules are delivered over a three-day period, which helps fit in with those who work in clinical practice.

What will I learn?

Our course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of cardiovascular health and the process of rehabilitation. Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology is covered in detail, with application to exercise and the practicalities of working with a patient with CVD.

You will also learn about the complexities of exercise prescription, the role of nutrition in CVD and the psychological influences that can drive behaviour change. There is also specialist input from the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

How will I be taught?

Modules are delivered in exercise physiology laboratories, lecture theatres and seminar rooms. There is also the option to undertake a clinical placement at the local cardiac rehabilitation department that allows you to apply the elements learned on the taught course.
Typical contact time during a module is 25 hours, with additional face-to-face and online tutorials optional. There are approximately 170 hours of self-directed study per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is in the form of essays or equivalent – e.g. poster presentations. There are no exams – coursework accounts for 100% of the assessment.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. Read more
Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.

This masters online course is designed to be practical and clinically focused and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. It aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk.
- Demonstrate knowledge and competence in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine.
- Develop and deliver Preventative Cardiovascular interventions for the wider population.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1797-msc-preventative-cardiovascular-medicine-online-delivery

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

You will be taught by healthcare professionals who are recognised experts in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and are experienced in delivering online learning:

- Dr. Alan Rees – Consultant Physician, RCP vice president for Wales, Medical Director HEART UK

- Dr. Dev Datta – Consultant in Medical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine

- Dr. Ian McDowell – Senior Lecturer and Consultant, Chair of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) Wales Cascade Service, Chair of FH Wales Professional Advisory Group

- Dr. Devaki Nair– Consultant Lipidologist and Chemical Pathologist

- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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This programme has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience. This MRes course focuses on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment. Read more
This programme has both taught and research components and is suitable for those with little or no previous research experience.

This MRes course focuses on cardiovascular research within a unique multidisciplinary training environment.

You will develop broad biomedical research skills, but with an emphasis on application to cardiovascular science.

Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for considerable mortality, disability and a reduced quality of life in the developed world. Despite the large number of treatment strategies, the widespread occurrence of these disorders dictates the search for improved treatments.

The development of new therapies and treatment strategies relies on a continued evolution of our understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for the development of cardiovascular disorders.

It is now widely recognised by employers and research councils that unravelling the basis of cardiovascular disease and development of new therapies is a high priority area for investment, especially since the economic burden of CVD is increasing.
However, it is becoming increasingly clearer that a gap has opened up between the skills possessed by new graduates and the skills normally expected on entry to a research degree or an industrial research career.

The MRes in Cardiovascular Health and Disease has been specifically designed to fill this gap for those who wish to pursue a research career in cardiovascular sciences.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is through a combination of written reports (in journal format), literature review, problem-based learning (PBL) tutorials and oral presentations.

This range of training methods aims to promote a stimulating and dynamic learning environment. The different course units will enable the development of key transferable skills in the critical analysis of research methodologies, data interrogation, communication and time management.

Career opportunities

After the course, many students continue their studies and register for a PhD.

However, the programme is also of value if you want to progress in the pharmaceutical industry or in clinical research.

The MRes is also ideal for MBChB intercalating students who wish to undertake directly channelled research training in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Many of the skills and training provided by the MRes are generic and will have wide application for the study of other disciplines.

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The Cardiovascular Research MSc offers an advanced theoretical and practical foundation in cardiovascular research. You will be taught by academic specialists who actively research the mechanisms that underlie human cardiovascular disease. Read more

The Cardiovascular Research MSc offers an advanced theoretical and practical foundation in cardiovascular research. You will be taught by academic specialists who actively research the mechanisms that underlie human cardiovascular disease. This course is designed for biomedical science and medically qualified graduates who wish to pursue further academic studies or employment in a research environment.

Key benefits

  • Research-led study programme that is hosted within a leading British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded cardiovascular research centre.
  • Lectures delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers on contemporary issues.
  • A highly successful study programme that offers entry into a research career, with two-thirds of graduates progressing to a PhD, MD or Specialist Cardiology training.

Description

The Cardiovascular Research MSc provides comprehensive theoretical and practical training in specialist technical skills.

Initially, you will explore Fundamental and Applied Cardiovascular Research modules as well Cardiovascular Skills before completing a research project and dissertation worth 90 credits. You will become part of a research team for approximately six months where you will design and conduct a research project under appropriate supervision.

You must study modules with a total of 180 credits to complete the programme. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September.

At the end of the course students will be able to: Evaluate and assimilate the scientific literature in a given subject area and to think critically about the results and methods.  Devise a hypothesis that can be tested experimentally. Analyse data, appreciate the value of reproducibility of data and draw valid conclusions. Collect data and apply appropriate methods to test a hypothesis. Develop an ability to comprehend and synthesise complex information. Organize a work-schedule, stick to deadlines, and prioritize activities. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and through writing.

Full details of the programme can be found in the booklet which contains the major part of the course handbook.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake 700 hours of independent study.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo campus. The projects will be in the supervisors’ laboratories, which can be on Waterloo, Guys, St Thomas’ or Denmark Hill campuses

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

PhD, laboratory-based research career in academia or industry, other science-related careers. Medical graduates often subsequently pursue a specialism in cardiology.



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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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Research profile. The aim of this programme is to give you a broad-based training in biomedical research, with a focus on cardiovascular science. Read more

Research profile

The aim of this programme is to give you a broad-based training in biomedical research, with a focus on cardiovascular science. This includes an introduction to cardiovascular development, the development of cardiovascular disease, organ function and dysfunction, and the cardiovascular system in reproduction and inflammation.

You will gain an integrated view of the physiology and pathology of cardiovascular system from both basic and clinical scientists.

Programme structure

You will attend research seminars and tutorials by senior clinicians and basic scientists, and conduct three research projects in the internationally renowned laboratories of the Centre for Cardiovascular Science.

You will also deliver research-orientated presentations and gain skills in critical reading of scientific literature and in the writing of scientific reports.

Programme Assessment

Students produce written reports from each of their research projects, which are assessed by two of the Centre’s PIs. The research supervisor also contributes a mark based on performance in the laboratory.

Career opportunities

This is the ideal programme for high-calibre students who wish to progress to a PhD in cardiovascular science.



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The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. Read more
The Global Burden of Disease Study predicts that by 2020 the top ten leading causes of disability-adjusted life years has ischaemic heart disease at number 1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at number 5, and lower respiratory tract infections at number 6. COPD is predicted to quickly rise ‘up the charts’ after 2020 because it is unique in being currently untreatable, with four people a minute worldwide dying of this condition.

Consequently, study of respiratory and cardiovascular science is essential to improving our future health prospects. To that end, the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science (RCVS) stream combines lectures and journal clubs covering the physiology and pathophysiology of the heart and lungs to provide a solid grounding on how dysfunction in physiology can lead to pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of severe heart or lung disease. The RCVS stream covers the main areas of respiratory physiology and cellular and molecular biology, and introduces the major disease-causing conditions, giving you a broad base of understanding of the heart and lungs.

Laboratory-based research projects will be directly related to advancing our understanding of heart and lung function and/or dysfunction. Dedicated RCVS sessions on data interpretation are designed to facilitate and complement the project experience.

Most of the tutors on the RCVS stream work at the National Heart & Lung Institute, and represent the largest ‘critical mass’ of research-active, respiratory or cardiovascular science academics in Europe. For example, Professor Peter Barnes (FRS) is the most cited published author for COPD in the world. Consequently, students will be in a premier, cutting-edge environment of respiratory and cardiovascular teaching and research.

After completion of the RCVS stream the student will be able to:

-Describe the basic physiology of cardiac function
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major cardiovascular diseases (for example, cardiac ischaemia)
-Describe the pathophysiology of the major respiratory diseases, including asthma, COPD and cystic fibrosis
-Understand the advantages and limitations of animal models of respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Understand the rationale behind the design of novel treatments for respiratory and cardiovascular disease
-Use library and other research sources effectively
-Design laboratory-based experiments to effectively test a specified hypothesis, incorporating use of appropriate controls
-Interpret data sets, depict data in an appropriate graphic format and apply appropriate statistical analysis
-Understand and be able to use bioinformatic approaches
-Be able to write a grant proposal for a research project
-Be able to present research project data in various formats, including as a poster, an oral presentation, a PhD-style write-up and a journal-based research paper write-up
-Be able to read, understand and critically evaluate research papers in peer-review journals

Please note that Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates for part-completion are not available for this course.

A wide range of research projects is made available to students twice a year. The range of projects available to each student is determined by their stream. Students may have access to projects from other streams, but have priority only on projects offered by their own stream.

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This course is a joint collaboration between the European Heart Academy of ESC and London School of Economics (LSE). The Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences prepares students to explore new advisory, management and leadership roles within the healthcare field. Read more

About the programme

This course is a joint collaboration between the European Heart Academy of ESC and London School of Economics (LSE).

The Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences prepares students to explore new advisory, management and leadership roles within the healthcare field. In addition to gaining a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health economics, outcomes research, management and relevant social science principles of the cardiovascular disease fields, students will acquire new skills to accelerate or refocus their careers.

Program Features

The programme consists of eight modules and one MSc dissertation over two academic years. On-site modules are taught two weeks in December and two weeks in June, each year, at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London. In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will also be expected to complete coursework from a distance. Modules will be taught in London.

Year 1:
- Quality and Outcomes in Cardiovascular Sciences
- Economic Analysis for Health Policy
- Economic Evaluation in Health Care
- Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Year 2:
- Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention
- Dissertation in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences
- Students will choose three additional courses from a range of options

Tuition fees

Course fees are £12,126 per annum for a total of £24,252.

Tuition fees include:
- pre-registration fee
- enrolment to the MSc programme
- full access to LSE’s services and facilities (including the LSE library and Careers Services), and the opportunity to attend LSE’s excellent programme of public lectures and events

Travel, accommodation and other expenses accrued during the course will be covered by the participants.

Scholarship

The ESC supports the education of future leaders in cardiovascular medicine by offering 15 scholarships of £15,500/programme for the December 2017 entry.

Applications for the ESC scholarships are now closed.

Applications

There is no application deadline. Applications are accepted until the programme is full. However, the programme tends to be at capacity no later than September/October each year - the later a submission comes through, the more competitive it will be for an applicant.

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Research profile. The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases. Read more

Research profile

The Centre for Cardiovascular Science aims to foster and deliver research into the causes, consequences and therapy of the cardiovascular diseases.

We offer postgraduates the opportunity to work within internationally leading research programmes addressing fundamental development and control of the cardiovascular system and the origins and consequences of cardiovascular disease. The work extends from basic laboratory research through to clinical studies.

In 2008, the Centre was designated as one four British Heart Foundation Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) and was awarded £7.6M over a six-year period.

Major research efforts are directed at:

  • the metabolic syndrome and risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • mechanisms of atheromatous plaque formation and disruption
  • prenatal programming of cardiovascular disease
  • renal dysfunction and hypertension
  • mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction
  • circadian biology
  • cell biology

Training and support

The Centre has an excellent track record for training provision to basic scientists and clinicians. Trainees on our programmes receive direct support from at least two academic advisors during their studies and a dedicated thesis committee provides guidance throughout the programme of research. In addition to research training, the Centre boasts both an active seminar series and a forum for presentation of research in progress.

The Centre offers training to clinicians and basic scientists from biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds. Several training schemes are offered, covering full- and part-time study.

Facilities

The CVS is situated in the £50 million, purpose-built Queen's Medical Research Institute adjacent to the new Medical School and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France. Trainees can access the BHF Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facilities. In addition, the Centre supports a high quality suite for in vivo physiological studies.



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Learn the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in cardiology, and will be relevant to researchers, day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice. Read more
Learn the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in cardiology, and will be relevant to researchers, day-to-day NHS hospital practice and general practice.

Why Study Cardiovascular Disease with us?

The incidence of cardiovascular disease has been increasing worldwide.

You will receive training in the skills required in the reading and interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidence-based practice.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two publishable scientific articles. Our aim will be to develop these to publication with you if suitable.

The content of the course is mapped to The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Speciality Training Curriculum for Cardiology.

If biomedical or clinical research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to directly register onto PhD study and join our team of researchers at the Institute of Medicine.

What will I learn?

Our modules investigate in detail the likely causes and effects of cardiovascular disease as well as the various complications and treatments. You will review current guidelines and their evidence base in the therapeutic management of cardiovascular disease, and explore potential new therapies.

Seminars and tutorials will be held with various healthcare professionals and clinical researchers. You will also attend cardiovascular clinics in one of our partner hospital trusts.

How will I be taught?

Our course consists of taught modules and a Research Dissertation.

We deliver taught modules as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning – all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall on the Countess of Chester Hospital Campus.
The total number of contact hours for the whole course are 360 hours, out of a total study time of 1,800 hours.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may focus on clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, oral presentations, or data manipulation exercises.

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This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. Read more

Programme overview

This programme aims to provide you with a firm foundation in biomedical research methodology, focused on translational cardiovascular medicine, by enhancing your knowledge, understanding, critical awareness and practical research experience in this area. The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the scientific principles and clinical applications of translational cardiovascular medicine, as well as intensive training in research methodology, experimental design, statistical analyses, data interpretation and science communication.

The core of the programme is a six-month research project, conducted within one of the University of Bristol's internationally recognised translational cardiovascular medicine research groups. Opportunities will be available in laboratory or clinical-based investigations.

The programme is suitable for clinical and bioscience graduates who wish to develop their research skills within this exciting field. It is also suitable for clinical students interested in pursuing a research-intensive intercalation option after three years of study.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered by research scientists and clinicians through lectures, tutorials, seminars, research clubs and practical classes. In addition to four mandatory units relating to research methodology, students choose two units on aspects of cardiovascular science.

Mandatory units

- Introduction to Research Methods in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit introduces a variety of research methods used in basic and applied clinical research including: finding and reading relevant research information; presenting research results; basic statistical analysis; data interpretation; ethics.
- Further Research Methods in Health Sciences (20 credits)
This unit aims to develop further knowledge and practical experience in statistical analyses, experimental design and laboratory methods and includes training in the use of a statistical software package and practical experience in several laboratory techniques.
- Research Club in Health Sciences (10 credits)
This unit aims to develop your ability to present, critically evaluate and discuss scientific findings by contributing to journal clubs, attending and summarising research seminars and presenting your own research.
- Research Project in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (100 credits)
During this unit you will gain extensive experience in scientific/clinical research by conducting an independent project. You will write up your research in the form of a thesis, present and discuss your work in a viva and research symposium.

Plus a choice of two of the following units:

- Coronary Artery Disease I (20 credits)
- Coronary Artery Disease II (20 credits)
- Heart and Valve Disease (20 credits)
- Paediatric Heart Disease (20 credits)
- Aneurysm, Peripheral Vascular Disease and Stroke (20 credits)

Careers

This programme is suitable for those with a bioscience or clinical background who wish to develop their research skills before embarking on a research/clinical career in academia or the pharmaceutical industry. It provides the ideal foundation for further studies leading to a PhD.

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