Innovations in Cardiological Science

Cutting edge research underpinning ‘state-of-the-art’ practice in adult cardiology.

Award titles

MSc

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration
: 1 year full-time
(including PG Cert)

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration
: 4 months full-time
(standalone course)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
Campus: Royal Brompton

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our Innovations in Clinical Cardiology degrees provide unique exposure to the science and cutting edge research underpinning state-of-the-art practice in adult cardiology.

This course will be delivered by academic clinicians, clinicians and researchers at the leading edge of clinical cardiology, all of whom are undertaking day-to-day management and research into these areas of cardiology, developing new treatments and leading clinical trials.

This programme offers students the unique opportunity to study in conjunction with a world renowned specialist cardiology hospital – The Royal Brompton Hospital – and alongside some of its principal specialists who lead the modules in this course.

The combination of the Royal Brompton's principal specialists with the excellent research reputation of the National Heart and Lung Institute will give you the best opportunity to advance your medical career and network with leading medical and scientific professionals in cardiology.

Study programme

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

Our MSc degree in Innovations in Clinical Cardiology prepares you with introductory training across four distinctive streams:

  • Innovations in Heart Failure
  • Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease
  • Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

Once you have developed a broad foundation of knowledge across cardiological science, you will select an advanced module from one of the four introductory areas.

You will then complete an original specialist research project across six-months, which can be laboratory, clinical or library based. Once your project is complete you will write a substantial report and give an oral presentation, describing the context, hypothesis tested, methods used, results obtained and conclusions drawn.

Careers

Our degrees provide you with a strong understanding of the lastest innovations in cardiology, enabling you to:

  • progress within cardiology
  • help you decide on a career pathway within cardiology
  • enhance opportunities in cardiology

Graduates go on to further study and careers within industry and the National Health Service.

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 study all of the core modules below.

Innovations in Heart Failure

You are introduced to the scientific and clinical basis for the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of heart failure. Module Leader: Dr Alexander Lyon.

Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease

This module focuses on introducing you to the scientific principles of interventional cardiology that underpin the management of patients with coronary heart disease. Module Leader: Dr Ranil De Silva.

Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

You will take an in-depth look at how 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. Module Leader: Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan.

Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

You will receive a thorough grounding in the science of cardiac electrophysiology and learn how to apply core principles to the management of heart rhythm. Module Leader: Dr Sabine Ernst.

Advanced module

You choose one advanced module from below.

Advanced Studies in Innovations in Heart Failure

You learn in established multidisciplinary heart failure services and networks, enabling you to 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.

Advanced Studies in Coronary Artery Disease

You learn about the theoretical science and advanced technologies utilised in the field of intensive percutaneous coronary interventional therapy, and a range of techniques utilised to achieve successful interventional coronary revascularisation.

Advanced Studies of Adult Congenital Heart Disease

You 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.

Advanced Studies of Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

You will cover the current knowledge of more intensive electrophysiological rhythm management, and 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.

Research project

You complete an original research project on a topic from your chosen advanced module, and go on to produce a substantial report on your findings.

The research project is completed over six-months, and may be laboratory, clinical or library based. You join an established team of academic and clinical staff to conduct your research project.

You will submit a 10,000 word written report and give an oral presentation.

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

You study all of the core modules below.

Innovations in Heart Failure

You are introduced to the scientific and clinical basis for the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease

This module focuses on introducing you to the scientific principles of interventional cardiology that underpin the management of patients with coronary heart disease.

Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

You will take an in-depth look at how 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.

Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

You will receive a thorough grounding in the science of cardiac electrophysiology and learn how to apply core principles to the management of heart rhythm.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Blackboard
  • Clinical sessions
  • Clinical sessions
  • Independent research project
  • Lectures
  • Multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Problem solving workshops
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Data interpretation exercises
  • Debates
  • Grant writing exercises
  • Journal clubs
  • Multi-disciplinary team presentations
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Presentations
  • Scientific abstract writing

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 £6,900
MSc £6,900
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Cert 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 MSc, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MSc fee is the PG Cert fee plus the MSc 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, only the MSc is eligible.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

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

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level results in two separate qualifications (PG Cert 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 MSc, please note that you will study the previous level of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. MSc fee is the PG Cert fee plus the MSc 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, 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.

You must apply for the MSc in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

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 UK Bachelor’s degree in Medicine.

Additionally, at least two years post-graduate work-experience in a clinical setting is normally required.

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 standard 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 two progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to either 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 at MSc level, you will complete the PG Cert as part of your studies though 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 would not complete it again as part of studying for the same MSc.

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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