Students from the NHLI

Further your skills and broaden your opportunities in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare.

Award titles

MSc

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration
: 1 year FT / 2 years PT
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration
: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

ECTS: 60 credits
Duration
: 9 months FT / 21 months PT
(including PG Cert)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
CampusRoyal Brompton

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our degrees in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare are designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including: healthcare scientists, nurses, physiotherapists and advanced practitioners.

It will take you through a programme of learning to deepen your knowledge and skills in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, enabling you to enhance your career in your chosen field.

The multidisciplinary lecturers will draw on their clinical and research experience at national and international level to facilitate your learning.

You will have the opportunity to discuss new technologies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of ill-health and their impact on the delivery of person-centred healthcare.

The course is flexible and modular, and available as a full- or part-time MSc, delivered over one or two years respectively. It is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and distance learning.

Study programme

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are made up of core and optional taught modules. The MSc is made up of the certificate, diploma and an extensive research project.

Streams

There are four study streams available and MSc students will receive a different award based upon the stream chosen and modules studied.

  • General stream
    This programme offers you unique insights into developments in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare and how to apply them to personalise healthcare decisions"

    Dr Jillian Riley

    Module Lead


    MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare
  • Cardiovascular Care stream
    MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Cardiovascular Care)
  • Nursing stream
    MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Nursing)
  • Respiratory Care stream
    MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Respiratory Care)

Meet our students

Hear from National Heart and Lung Institute current students and graduates on their website.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

MSc

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Reflections and Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Provides a broad understanding of the practice of cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, an opportunity to observe clinical practice and reflect on the reality of health service provision.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Research project

You complete an extensive research project assessed by a written dissertation and oral presentation. The research project can be undertaken in a variety of settings, and will be supervised by a member of the faculty at Imperial.

Your supervisor will provide guidance and support for developing the research question, design of the project and data collection, thesis writing and oral presentation.

We offer four types of project:

  • Primary research using quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Systematic review or qualitative synthesis of the literature
  • An analysis of data from research databases or registries
  • Clinical service improvement

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Optional modules

You choose two modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Postgraduate Diploma

Core modules

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare: Core Science

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease, the concepts of health and well-being and physiological changes associated with haemorrhage, immobility and bed rest.

Study Design

Covers the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research, and key issues in critically evaluating methodology. Provides a strong foundation for conducting your own research.

Optional modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Examination and History Taking
  • Heart Failure: Prevention and Management
  • Innovation In Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing The Care of Children And Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation And Community Respiratory Care
  • Quality In Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare With E-Health
  • Respiratory Failure And Respiratory Support

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Blended learning
  • Case-based learning
  • E-learning
  • Journal clubs
  • Lectures
  • Reflection on clinical practice
  • Seminars
  • Small group teaching
  • Tutorials

Assessment

  • Assessed journal club
  • Oral presentations
  • Practical examination
  • Research project thesis and oral presentation (MSc students only)
  • Written case study reports
  • Written examination

E-learning

  • Game-based online activities: Patient Journeys will be included in most specialist optional modules: using theoretically derived case studies and students trial decision-making theory in practice.
  • Online chapters including: filmed lectures, animated diagrams, quizzes, voice overs, collated resources, discussion boards, reflective logs and case studies.
  • Online platform including: introductory videos, self-tests, a primer setting out pre-reading and key concepts and frequently asked questions drop-box for module leader.

Course timetable

All modules are taught using blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and online teaching) to provide flexibility for you to balance your study with work.

The majority of optional modules consist of 30 hours of face-to-face teaching and up to three weeks of distance learning and independent study. 

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £5,300
Postgraduate Diploma £3,180
MSc £2,120
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the PG Dip or MSc, please note that you will study the previous levels of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. PG Dip fee is the PG Cert fee plus the PG Dip fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £16,250
Postgraduate Diploma £9,750
MSc £6,500
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the PG Dip or MSc, please note that you will study the previous levels of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. PG Dip fee is the PG Cert fee plus the PG Dip fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in a relevant medical, biomedical or healthcare subject.

For those who do not meet the academic requirements above a special case may be made based on substantial relevant clinical experience.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to any level in the first instance.

Depending on the level of study you choose, you may complete more than one qualification simultaneously. For example:

  • If you enter at the PG Cert level, as this is the first level of study, you can choose to exit the course at the completion of your studies with only this qualification.
  • If you enter the course at the PG Dip level, you will complete the PG Cert as part of your studies, though will graduate with one award (PG Dip).
  • If you enter at MSc level, you will complete the PG Cert and PG Dip as part of your studies though, as above, will graduate with one award (MSc).

If you have already graduated from one level of study for this course and re-enter the next level of study following a break, you will not have to repeat studies relating to the qualification that you have already gained e.g. if you have a PG Cert, you can complete the PG Dip without repeating the content related to the PG Cert.

Degree awarded

Students graduating with a certificate and/or diploma will be awarded:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

MSc students will graduate with a different award title based on the specialist optional modules chosen and research project topic.

  • MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare for completing the core modules and four specialist optional modules, with at least one specialist optional module from each theme
  • MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Cardiovascular Care) for completing the core modules and four specialist optional modules, with three of four specialist optional modules from the cardiovascular and combined themes
  • MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Respiratory Care) for completing the core modules and four specialist optional modules, with three out of four specialist optional module modules from the respiratory and combined themes
  • MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare (Nursing) for completing the core modules and ‘Quality in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare with E-health’ and 'Clinical Examination and History Taking', and two specialist optional modules from either cardiovascular or respiratory theme

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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