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Course content

This flexible Master’s programme commenced in 2003 and has grown significantly, now accepting approximately 20 full-time and part-time students per year, including international students. The programme is highly flexible, allowing students to study full or part time to suit personal and work commitments. This is achieved through each module being delivered in a three or four day blocks, followed by eight weeks of campus or home based learning.

Why study this course?

  • Opportunity for a work placement in a hospital cardiac rehabilitation programme.
  • Programme delivered by a team of experienced specialists in rehabilitation, medicine, surgery, and lifestyle and health behaviour; includes specialist tutors and speakers from around the UK, who have an international reputation
  • Designed for: healthcare practitioners pursuing postgraduate professional development; or for the newly qualified graduate wishing to gain skills, knowledge and experience towards securing employment in this expanding field of healthcare
  • Range of masters level modules, considering a bio-psycho-social approach that cover the BACPR standards and core components for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation
  • Learning and research projects can be applied to related developments in one's area of interest or own workplace

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


Visit the Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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