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MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine

Team: Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Team

The RCGP accredited MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course is approved by HEART UK and provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma.

Course Information

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The MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project or an attendance based Independent Prescribing Module.

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. It is proven to upskill and advance the careers of our graduates.

The MSc course provides a progression route for 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 in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

On completion of the course graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.

Discount for HEART UK members.

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Course Structure

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 healthcare 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.
On completion of this module the student should have:
  1. The ability to interpret research in preventative cardiovascular medicine.
  2. The ability to display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. The knowledge to implement evidence based practice into care.
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 upon 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.
On completion of this module the student should have:
  1. The skills to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed.
  2. The skills to demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
  3. The ability to critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.

Or

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.
On completion of this module the student should:
  1. Describe the responsibility that the role of independent prescriber entails (and demonstrate and awareness of their own limitations and work within the limits of professional competence).
  2. Apply and evaluate patient assessment skills (inc. clinical assessment, history taking) and consultative skills with patient/clients, clients, parents and carers in the context of prescribing/informing diagnosis.
  3. Critically appraise and apply knowledge of drug actions, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice to support prescribing decisions/informing diagnosis.
  4. Explain and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing and practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility.
  5. Evaluate the influences that can affect prescribing practice and demonstrate understanding by managing prescribing practice in an ethical way.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

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.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine programme 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.

Students may apply for the Masters in reproductive medicine as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Latest News: our Application Deadline is on Friday 28th July. Apply today to secure your place for September 2017!