Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Postgraduate Diploma

The online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Postgraduate Diploma provides a unique integrated approach to cardiology and is approved by HEART UK. Course Code: QPDP004

Course Overview


Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine.

This postgraduate diploma has been endorsed by Heart UK.

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.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is designed to be practical and clinically focused. The course will provide an integrated approach to preventative cardiovascular medicine, focusing on applying scientific principles to direct patient care and create healthcare professionals who can independently assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to preventative cardiovascular medicine.

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

  • A systematic understanding of the care of patients in preventative cardiovascular medicine.
  • A critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking preventative cardiovascular treatments.
  • An advanced knowledge of preventative cardiovascular medicine that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.
  • An ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.

Discount for HEART UK Members

HEART UK Members receive a £300 discount off course fees. Click here to find out more

Course Structure

Our online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
  • Develop a critical understanding of the science underpinning preventative cardiovascular medicine and the assessment of cardiovascular risk as applied to clinical practice.
Module Content
  • Candidates will establish an understanding of the concept of risk and how this applies to traditional and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
  • They will study the science behind cardiovascular function and how this relates to clinical practice, as well as emerging methods of risk calculation.
Learning Outcomes
  1. The ability to appraise and apply the use of cardiovascular risk assessment tools in clinical practice and discuss the utility of emerging tools for cardiovascular risk assessment, including imaging techniques.
  2. An understanding of the pathophysiology of vascular disease and examine its application to current clinical practice.
Module Aims
  • To develop a critical understanding of nutrition and lifestyle factors in the development of cardiovascular disease.
Module Content
  • Factors, other than lipid status and hypertension, may have an important impact on cardiovascular risk. Smoking, nutrition, diabetes mellitus and physical activity are of particular importance. The impact of these factors on cardiovascular disease will be evaluated in detail. Topical issues such as macronutrient and micronutrient content of diet and their impact on cardiovascular disease will be evaluated.
  • Candidates will evaluate the role of legislation in prevention of cardiovascular disease.
  • Candidates will assess and employ strategies to reduce
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand and apply clinical strategies to reduce smoking.
  2. Understand and appraise the role of dietary modification in the reduction of cardiovascular disease.
  3. Be able to critically evaluate the role of obesity and physical activity in contributing to cardiovascular disease.
Module Aims
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of lipid metabolism and disorders, and their presentation and assessment in clinical practice.
Module Content
  • Lipid metabolism in health and disease and how this relates to clinical presentation. Familial hypercholesterolaemia, the commonest cause of inherited premature cardiovascular disease, will be considered in detail, including the role of family cascade testing in clinical practice. This will also include evaluation of how molecular testing and modern biochemical analysis is enhancing our understanding of lipid disorders in clinical practice.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand lipid metabolism in both health and disease and demonstrate expertise in how different lipid disorders present in clinical practice and their underlying pathophysiology.
  2. Understand and critically evaluate diagnostic techniques used in the clinical assessment of lipid disorders
Module Aims
  • To critically understand the management of inherited dyslipidaemias, with a particular focus on familial hypercholesterolemia.
Module Content
  • Management strategies for lipid disorders. Specific non-pharmacological interventions for lipid disorders as well as current and emerging pharmacological therapies will be evaluated.
Learning Outcomes
  1. The ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of the management of lipid disorders.
  2. The ability to critically appraise the potential role of novel therapies in the management of lipid disorders.
Module Aims
  • To develop a critical understanding of the pathophysiology and management of hypertension.
Module Content
  • Candidates will consider the pathophysiology of hypertension, including genetic determinants. They will evaluate both primary and secondary causes of hypertension. Diagnostic aspects will be considered, such as use of ambulatory monitoring and the use of tests to evaluate secondary hypertension.
  • Modern management of hypertension will be considered in detail, including resistant hypertension.
Learning Outcomes
  1. The ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of the pathophysiology of hypertension and its diagnosis in clinical practice.
  2. The ability to critically evaluate the use of current drugs used to treat hypertension and their limitations.
  3. The ability to critically appraise future targets for the treatment of hypertension.
Module Aims
  • To gain a critical understanding of preventative cardiovascular medicine in a wide range of relevant clinical conditions.
Module Content
  • A detailed understanding of the role of preventative cardiovascular medicine in conditions where this is of particular or emerging importance. The examples of diabetes mellitus, renal disease and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection will be considered in detail. The importance of preventative cardiovascular medicine in individuals with mental health conditions and chronic inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis will be evaluated.
  • Preventative cardiovascular medicine in children and older people will also be explored in detail.
Learning Outcomes
  1. The ability to critically evaluate the role of chronic disease in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease.
  2. The ability to discuss strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease in patients with specific medical conditions.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required
  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Team Page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022: £4,500
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2022:

Application deadline - February 14th 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £4500
1st May 2022 £750
1st July 2022 £750
1st September 2022 £750
1st November 2022 £750
1st January 2023 £750

Deposits are non-refundable

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