MSc Preventive Cardiology

MSc and PG Cert in Preventive Cardiology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October

PG Certificate
Duration: 9 months part-time
Start date: October

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

Professor David Wood introduces the MSc in Preventive Cardiology

Professor David Wood introduces the MSc in Preventive Cardiology
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This programme is aimed at healthcare professionals with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, sports scientists, pharmacists, psychologists or occupational therapists. The programme aims to establish a strong research foundation and the practical application of best practice in cardiovascular health and disease prevention. 
You will gain knowledge of, and experience in, the theory and clinical application of evidence-based preventive cardiology practice. You will have the option to study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Preventive Cardiology building towards the full MSc, or to study the full MSc from the outset depending on the level and direction of your ambitions.

Programme structure

All MSc and PGCert students take our core compulsory module entitled ‘Preventive Cardiology Theory and Practice’ which includes six themes:

  • Risk estimation
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Prevention and management of diabetes
  • Medical risk factor management

These themes are then explored in greater detail in specialist optional modules, of which 2 are taken by PGCert students and 3 by MSc students.

MSc students are also required to take the remaining core compulsory modules:

  • Reflective clinical practice (clinical placements)
  • Research methods

Finally, MSc students additionally undertake a primary research project/dissertation.

Find out more on the structure for each course on the programme structure page.

Methods of delivery

The teaching format will generally include:

  • Lectures: Recorded so they can be reviewed to enhance student learning.  
  • Seminars: Tutor-directed practical or discussion sessions led by multi-disciplinary faculty or guest experts. 
  • E-based preventive cardiology: Podcasts, videos, lecture notes, interactive learning tasks and discussion forums
  • Expert Lectures: Presentations given by experts in the field of preventive cardiology
  • Journal clubs: To assist students with the reflective aspect of their studies
  • Clinical observation visits: Visits to multi-disciplinary clinics related to preventive cardiology
  • Blackboard Learn: Virtual Learning environment which joins all teaching and learning resources together in one easy to access space.

Entry requirements

Our programmes are aimed at all healthcare professionals with a role in prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as doctors, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists, sports scientists, health promotion and public health specialists.

Candidates will be expected to hold a good first degree (normally at least an upper second or MBBS) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK. For those who do not hold a first degree at the required level, a special case can be made if the student has demonstrated an aptitude for the course through at least 3 years of high-quality work experience in a relevant field of cardiovascular health.

Candidates coming to the UK from abroad or who do not have a degree from the UK will be asked to provide an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language tests. Details of which can be found on the university English language requirement web page.

English requirements

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 requirement web page for postgraduate applicants.

Is this programme for you?

This interdisciplinary programme is aimed at any health professional with a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, for example doctors, nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists, sports scientists, health promotion and public health specialists.

  • Inclusive and comprehensive
  • A mixture or taught, practical and on-line learning
  • Encompasses preventive cardiology theory and practice
  • Taught by national and international experts in preventive cardiology
  • Based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus, NHLI, Imperial College 
  • Linked to clinical departments in the local NHS trust
  • World-renowned

Key benefits

We believe our courses offer a truly unique and highly fulfilling student experience as:

  • Inclusive
    We are inclusive of all health professionals e.g. Cardiologists, Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, other Exercise Professionals, Occupational Therapists, Health Psychologists, Cognitive Behaviour Therapists and Pharmacists.
  • Comprehensive
    We offer a truly comprehensive programme that includes all aspects of preventive cardiology and is not focused solely on isolated themes e.g. nutrition, exercise, psychology, pharmacology.
  • Theory and practice
    Our courses encompasses both theory and practical elements, incorporating clinical experience, thereby developing skills and competences in service delivery and not just developing theoretical knowledge.
  • International experts
    Our teaching faculty include international and national leaders in preventive cardiology who have contributed to the development of guidelines on cardiovascular prevention (WHO, Joint European Societies, Joint British Societies), to surveys of preventive cardiology practice (ASPIRE and ASPIRE 2, EUROASPIRE I, II, III and IV), and to evaluation of innovative models of preventive care (British Family Heart Study, EUROACTION and EUROACTION+). In addition, the teaching faculty comprises leaders and clinical specialists from cardiology, nursing, nutrition, exercise and behavioural medicine.

Find out more about the career prospects of this programme, as well as information on our links with employers.

Meet our students

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.