The full-time MSc Innovations in Cardiological science encompasses the four core introductory level modules, an advanced module of your choice and the stream specific research project.  

The full-time Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) consists of the four core modules only. 

ICS structure

Core Introductory Level Modules

 Innovations in Heart Failure

Students will be introduced to the scientific and clinical basis for the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of heart failure. Up to date clinical trial data which have formed the basis of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines will be analysed in detail. Lectures will be accompanied by discussion or tutorial sessions which will help to consolidate information. The module will be assessed by one piece of in course assessment and one 1.5 hour closed book examination.

Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease

Students will be introduced to the scientific principles of interventional cardiology that underpin management of patients with coronary heart disease both in acute coronary syndromes and chronic coronary heart disease. They will acquire skills in the interpretation of relevant coronary images which will be reinforced and applied in the clinical setting.  Lectures will be accompanied by tutorial/discussion sessions, workshops and observation of clinical investigations and treatment, which will help to consolidate information. The module will be assessed by one piece of in course assessment and one 1.5 hour closed book examination.

Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)

Students will acquire the detailed knowledge of cardiac anatomy and embryology required to understand the basis of simple and complex congenital heart disease, the scientific basis for specific complications of ACHD, and its management. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the genetics and prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease.  The module will be assessed by one piece of in course assessment and one 1.5 hour closed book examination.

Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

Students will gain a thorough grounding in science of cardiac electrophysiology and will learn how to apply core principles to the management of heart rhythm.  Some teaching will be aimed at developmental and electrical pathway anatomy of the heart to reinforce and support electrophysiological principles.   State-of-the-art techniques in clinical electrophysiology will be covered and didactic teaching complemented by journal clubs, workshops and patient case-based discussions. The module will be assessed by one piece of in course assessment and one 1.5 h closed book examination.

Advanced Modules

Innovations in Heart Failure

The content of this module will build on teaching delivered in the core.  Students will learn in established multidisciplinary heart failure services and networks. Students will learn further about the research underpinning the latest clinical advances, and to critically analyse the scientific basis of more complex clinical presentations and management of heart failure. They will learn in-depth about the cutting edge investigations and treatments used in the management of heart failure, such as specialist devices and treatments such as stem cells as therapeutic agents for heart repair. The module will be assessed by two pieces of in course assessment and one 3 hour closed book examination.

Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease

The content of this module will build on teaching delivered in the core.  Students will learn about the theoretical science and advanced technologies utilised in the field of intensive percutaneous coronary interventional therapy. Then through practical workshops and tutorials, they will learn a range of techniques utilised to achieve successful interventional coronary revascularisation.  They will visit Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering where there are close collaborations on computational flow modelling, and receive tuition on various methods and technologies used to measure blood flow in humans, and gain in-depth knowledge of how imaging techniques can be applied to study coronary blood flow in humans.  The module will be assessed by two pieces of in course assessment and one 3 hour closed book examination.

iNNOVATIONS IN Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)

The content of this module will extend teaching delivered in the core.  Students will learn in-depth how to undertake specialist investigation of the underlying cause/causes of ACHD and provide specialist treatment of ACHD, including pharmacotherapy, surgical and device therapies using up-to-date evidence and guidelines. Students will spend periods of time learning in the clinical setting and in particular will focus on ACHD as a range of life-long conditions which need to be managed during normal life events such as pregnancy and also alongside co-morbidities.  Clinical exposure will provide rare opportunities to integrate and apply knowledge relating to a number of ACHD. The module will be assessed by two pieces of in course assessment and one 3 hour closed book examination.

Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

The content of this module will build on teaching delivered in the relevant core. This module will comprehensively cover the current knowledge of more intensive electrophysiological rhythm management.  Students will learn further about the research underpinning the latest clinical advances, and to critically analyse the scientific basis of more complex clinical presentations and management of arrhythmias.  Practical sessions in the simulator electrophysiology lab will teach advanced electrophysiological techniques, and demonstration sessions will allow students to see anatomical specimens of cardiac anatomy that is visualized when using advanced imaging techniques, and targeted when treating arrhythmias in the electrophysiology lab.  The module will be assessed by two pieces of in course assessment and one 3 hour closed book examination.

Stream Specific Research Project

Stream Specific Research Projects                                         

Each MSc student will undertake a 6 month original research project in their chosen specialist stream.  Projects may be laboratory, clinical or library based. Students will join an established team of academic and clinical staff to conduct their projects. On completion of the project, students will produce a 10,000 word report and give an oral presentation.