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MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine

Course Description

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

Our 1 year MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is designed to be practical and clinically-focused and is delivered predominantly online. Our course will provide an integrated approach to preventative cardiovascular medicine and focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises 2 modules.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Masters of Science 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 Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. Our course is the only one of its kind that is accessible online and is the fastest route to the PGDip/MSc.

Our Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc course 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.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Evaluation in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (compulsory module)
The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.

Aim of the module:

To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in health care research.
Understand, interpret and apply basic statistics and epidemiological terms.
Understand and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine research.
Understand and critically appraise the various studies used in clinical and scientific research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
Synopsis of module content:

Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
Basic statistical tests and their applications including T-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Squared Tests.
Methodologies as applied to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine research.
Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
Research into educational principles for both medical practitioner and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

Module 2 - Professional Project

Aim of the module:

To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
To develop skills in independent research and study.
To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based on a specific clinically related project relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.


Module 2 - Independent prescribing module

Aim of the module:

This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Synopsis of module content:

Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
Prescribing in a team context.
Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
Professional accountability and responsibility.
Prescribing in the public health context.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Evaluation in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Enrolment Dates

All our courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.

Deadline for Applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory Lectures: 26th August 2016 (Approx)
Online Course starts: 26th September 2016

Visit the MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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

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