Cardiology MSc

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In the field of cardiology, you’re expected to deliver first-class emergency treatment in life and death situations while being comfortable meeting the changing demands of new and upcoming therapies. Our master in cardiology will help to advance your cardiovascular scientific knowledge, provide a wider understanding of diseases and how they progress and can be prevented.

Our established MSc cardiology course aims to increase your competency of practice and theoretical knowledge, enabling graduates to rise to the challenges of delivering high-quality care to their patients within a complex primary or secondary care environment. This programme is directed to healthcare professionals looking to take their current knowledge to the next level. If you’re a specialist nurse, GP or GP registrar, a specialist registrar/CTs or pharmacists looking to acquire a higher level of education in cardiology, then this course will certainly open up an array of opportunities for you.

MSc Cardiology

Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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The MSc cardiology online course is collaborative in nature, where you will have the opportunity to work with students from all over the world from a range of disciplines giving you the clinically accurate and relevant information you can take straight into your practice. Delivered by experts in their field, you will be learning from the very best and will come away with an enhanced understanding of cardiology that will help facilitate your decision making in unpredictable and complex situations. On completion of this flexible, part- time MSc in cardiology aims to:

  • Extend student knowledge of research methods and application to practice.
  • Extend the scope of practice in cardiology by exploring a complex issue in more depth, utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.
  • Equip the individual with a systematic understanding of cardiology, and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.
  • Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to practice in cardiology.
  • Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of heart-related care.
  • Enable graduates to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Enable graduates to evaluate practice critically in relation to the evidence base in cardiology.
  • Equip students to critically appraise evidence-based medicine in relation to cardiology.
  • Enable graduates to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of cardiology.
  • Equip students with the ability to implement best practice and innovation in complex cardiology scenarios.

Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
13th February 2023
Course start date

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Who is this course for?

This programme is directed to Specialist Nurses, GPs and GP registrars, Specialist Registrars/CTs and Pharmacists with a specialist interest; therefore, the knowledge of heart and cardiovascular anatomy and physiology is mandatory. The students are expected to be familiar with cardiovascular medication and have at least basic understanding of electrocardiogram (ECG).

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

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.

Curriculum

The online Cardiology MSc is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 1

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with ischemic heart disease.

Synposis of Module Content

  • Acute presentation with chest pain and diagnostic dilemmas
  • Chronic and recurrent chest pain
  • Diagnostic tests in coronary artery disease (CAD) – ECG, echo, stress test, SPECT, CT, cMRI
  • Pharmacological treatment of coronary artery disease
  • Interventional treatment of coronary artery disease
  • Complex patient with coronary artery disease – comorbidities, non-cardiac surgery, end-stage disease

Module Outcomes

  • Differentially diagnose causes of chest pain and ischaemic heart disease and select appropriate investigative and treatment options.
  • Critically analyses incomplete and/or contradictory evidence, developing effective methodologies to explain recommendations in complex ischemic heart disease contexts.
  • Develops advanced interpersonal, team and networking skills to strategically enhance team performance in complex situations and contributes to the field of ischaemic heart disease. Expands ability of argument presentation in multipronged discussion with the focus on the optimal patient benefit.

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Shortness of breath and other symptoms of heart failure
  • Diagnostic tests in heart failure – ECG, echo, CT, cMRI
  • Pharmacological treatment of heart failure
  • Interventional treatment of heart failure
  • Right heart failure – symptoms, pathophysiology, diagnostic management, treatment
  • Complex patient with heart failure – comorbidities, non-cardiac surgery, end-stage disease

Module Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of heart failure, including the management of exacerbations and co-morbidities recognising the complex effects on patient morbidity and mortality.
  • Selects and adapts appropriate advanced problem-solving strategies, methods and techniques to design systematic investigations that define and critically evaluate problems related to heart failure.
  • Critically evaluate the role of palliative and end-of-life care in heart failure with an identification of a crucial role of local services.

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with arrhythmias.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Symptoms and basic diagnostic tests of arrhythmia - ECG, Holte
  • Other investigation tests in arrhythmia - echo, stress test, CT, cMRI, EPS, genetic test
  • Atrial arrhythmia – differentiation, pharmacological management, interventional management
  • Stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation – anticoagulation, non-pharmacological prophylaxis
  • Ventricular arrhythmia – differentiation, pharmacological management, interventional management
  • Syncope due to other reasons

Module Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the range of presenting rhythm disturbances and how they are investigated.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of supraventricular arrhythmias.
  • Identify and differentiate common causes of syncope, and propose their investigation and treatment.
  • Communicate advanced arrhythmia-related information for different audiences in a variety of contexts.

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with valvular heart disease.

Synopisis of Module Content

  • Symptoms and signs of valvular heart disease
  • Diagnostic tests in valvular heart disease – ECG, echo, stress test, CT, cMRI
  • Aortic valve disease – screening, pharmacological and interventional management
  • Mitral valve disease – screening, pharmacological and interventional management
  • Pulmonary and tricuspid valvular disease– screening, pharmacological and interventional management
  • Congenital Heart Disease

Module Outcomes

  • Apply in-depth understanding of anatomy, pathophysiology and the physiology of the cardiovascular system and its relevance to the pathophysiology of valvular heart disease.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of valvular heart disease.
  • Justify and critically evaluate indications for interventional management of valvular heart disease.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of Congenital Heart Disease.
  • Systematically synthesises advanced and specialist cardiological-related information and ideas, and formulates and develops innovative proposals to address valvular and congenital heart disease.
  • Applies advanced interpersonal, team and networking skills to enhance team performance in unpredictable contexts strategically and contributes to the field of Valvular Heart Disease and Congenital Heart Disease.

Module Aims
Develop an understanding of the presentation, diagnosis and management of patients with wide-range cardiovascular diseases.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Cardio Oncology
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Aortopathy and other vasculopathies
  • Endocarditis
  • Myocarditis and pericarditis

Module Outcomes

  • Identify and manage cardiovascular issues related to oncological therapies
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of pulmonary embolism
  • Critically differentiate conditions that lead to pulmonary hypertension, their investigation and treatment
  • Formulate a robust approach for investigating and treating patients with aorta abnormalities
  • Compare the presentation, diagnosis and management of myocarditis, pericarditis and endocarditis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the management of a patient with endocarditis

Module Aims
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the significance of physical activity and cardiovascular prevention, and depth insight into the association of various comorbidities with cardiovascular risk.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Dyslipidemia – diagnostic management, risk assessment and treatment
  • Hypertension – diagnostic management, risk assessment and treatment
  • Patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney dysfunction and cardiovascular disease
  • Physical activity of patients with arrhythmia and elements of sports cardiology
  • Physical activity of patients with CAD, HF or after a heart surgery

Module Outcomes

  • Identify and manage cardiovascular risk factors in primary and secondary prevention
  • Formulate a robust approach for investigating and treating patients with dyslipidemia
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment and management of hypertension
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues related to the management of a patient with diabetes
  • Apply in-depth understanding of the interdependence between cardiovascular diseases and renal dysfunction, its investigation and management
  • Formulate comprehensive recommendations for physical activity in different clinical scenarios

Year 2

Aims of the Module
To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to cardiovascular research.

Synopsis of Module Content

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positives and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier curves, forest plots and meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk and number needed to treat. Statistical tests and their applications including t-tests, ANOVA and chi-square.
  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.

Module Outcomes

  • Select and apply different methodological perspectives and tools to answer research questions in cardiology.
  • Critically analyse and interpret research in cardiology.

Aims of the Module
To develop students’ ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

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 student’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 the literature and organisational assessment.

Assessment Methods

This cardiology master's programme 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 first six modules on the master's in cardiiology 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.

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.

For the final module of the master's in cardiology course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,000 words.

Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 11,000 word professional project.To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

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.

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.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors 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.

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.
  • Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
  • The online exam is marked automatically.
  • The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

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 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 admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme, this is possible. Please contact our admissions department admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2023:
£8,400
Application deadline - 13th February 2023

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit£750£8,400
1st May 2023£750
1st July 2023£750
1st September 2023£750
1st November 2023£750
1st January 2024£750
1st March 2024£650
1st May 2024£650
1st July 2024£650
1st September 2024£650
1st November 2024£650
1st January 2025£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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