Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc

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.

This online Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc has been developed to holistically address the approach to vascular disease. The breadth that this cardiology master's covers, and its focus on integrating all of preventative care makes it truly unique.

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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The online MSc in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is designed to be practical and clinically focused. The online cardiology 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.

The master's degree in cardiology 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.

On completion of the master's in preventative cardiovascular medicine, 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.
  • 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.


Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

This online cardiology course is aimed at:

  • GPs
  • Secondary Care Trainees in Diabetes
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Medical Biochemists
  • Junior Doctors
  • Paramedics
  • Dietitians
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Specialist Nurses working in FH and Practice Nurses running CV clinics who wish to develop their skills in this area of work

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

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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 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-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and undertake a research/development project related to healthcare leadership.
  2. Critically evaluate practice/health service delivery and suggest improvements for change.

Assessment Methods

The Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine MSc 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 first seven 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. 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 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 1,500 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

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 [email protected] to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
£8,400
Application deadline - 7th March 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£750£750
1st May 2022£750£7,650
1st July 2022£750
1st September 2022£750
1st November 2022£750
1st January 2023£750
1st March 2023£650
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

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