Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc

Team: Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Team

The online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc is approved by HEART UK and provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP043

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Overview

HEART UK

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

The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use it to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence-base related to preventative cardiovascular medicine. The course will develop problem-solving and clinical skills, together with preparing students to take a leadership role in preventative cardiovascular medicine.

The one year MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is available to those who have successfully completed the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

On successful 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.

HEART UK members receive a £300 discount. This will require validation. Find out more.


Course Structure

Module Aims
  • 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.
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.
Learning Outcomes
  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 Aims
  • 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.
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.
Learning Outcomes
  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.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc will require successful completion of the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in cardiology. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

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 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 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.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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