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)

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer  you  a  high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.


Key information

Start dateOctober 2020
Campus: Royal Brompton

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Overview

Our programme in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare is designed for people from a wide range of healthcare backgrounds, including:

  • Healthcare Scientists
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Advanced Practitioners

The programme will deepen your knowledge and skills in cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare, enabling you to enhance your career in your chosen field.

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.

Lecturers from a multidisciplinary background will draw on their clinical and research experience at a national and international level to facilitate your learning.

The programme runs successfully through a combination of educational materials and opportunities to interact online alongside more traditional teaching methods. This blended format of delivery consists of teaching sessions (face-to-face or made available online), live webinars, discussion fora, formative and summative assessments administered through our virtual learning environment, and a range of resources to facilitate self-study and progression. This allows for much of the programme to be studied remotely if required.

The programme is flexible and modular, and available as a full- or part-time MSc, delivered over one or two years.

Graduates go on to pursue a careerin a clinical setting, such as setting up clinical services, or in academia by enrolling on PhD programmes.

Study programme

This programme is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc).

You can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma are made up of core and optional taught modules.

The MSc is made up of the Certificate and the Diploma components plus an extensive research project.

Meet our students

Hear from current National Heart and Lung Institute students and graduates on their website or chat to our students online.

Structure

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

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

MSc

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below:

Foundations of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

Module Leader: Dr Rasheda Chowdhury 

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering:

  • cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • acquisition and interpretation of physiological data
Reflections and Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Module Leader: Dr Rasha Al-Lamee

Provides the opportunity to observe good clinical practice in the field of cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare with a view to critiquing it in relation to evidence-based guidelines and reflecting on how to apply improvements in practice.

Study Design

Module LeaderDr Jennifer Quint

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.

Quality in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

This module will critically consider how a focus on safety, effectiveness and the patient experience contribute to the development and delivery of high-quality healthcare services.

Optional modules

You choose three modules from the list below:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Innovations in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing the Care of Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis (requires previous experience)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Community Respiratory Care
  • 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. It 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

Foundations of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

Module Leader: Dr Rasheda Chowdhury 

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering:

  • cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • acquisition and interpretation of physiological data

Optional modules

You choose two elective modules from the list below:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Innovations in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing the Care of Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis (requires previous experience)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Community Respiratory Care
  • Respiratory Failure and Respiratory Support

Postgraduate Diploma

Core modules

Foundations of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

Module Leader: Dr Rasheda Chowdhury 

Provides an overview of cardiovascular and respiratory wellbeing, covering:

  • cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and respiratory disease
  • acquisition and interpretation of physiological data
Study Design

Module LeaderDr Jennifer Quint

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.

Reflections and Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Module Leader: Dr Rasha Al-Lamee

Provides the opportunity to observe good clinical practice in the field of cardiovascular and respiratory healthcare with a view to critiquing it in relation to evidence-based guidelines and reflecting on how to apply improvements in practice.

Quality in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

This module will critically consider how a focus on safety, effectiveness and the patient experience contribute to the development and delivery of high-quality healthcare services.

Optional modules

You choose three modules from the list below:

  • Cardiovascular Health: Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Innovations in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease: Acute and Community
  • Managing the Care of Children and Adults with Cystic Fibrosis (requires previous experience)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Community Respiratory Care
  • 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.

Entry requirements

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

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a relevant medical, biomedical or healthcare subject.

Substantial relevant clinical experience may also be considered.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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.

How to apply

We will start considering applications in December. We consider applications in batches and make a proportion of offers at a set point each month, starting from January.

It takes four to six weeks to process an application and make a decision. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview.

How to apply

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.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

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

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)

2020 entry

MSc

Full fee - £12,000
Top-up fee* - £2,400

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £9,600
Top-up fee* - £3,600

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £6,000

* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return, instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the relevant top-up fee, plus any annual inflationary increases applied to the entry fee. This applies to applicants who originally entered for a PGDip or MSc. This does not apply to those who have completed a PGCert or PGDip and are re-entering for a higher award.

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 for April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert and PG Diploma students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry

MSc

Full fee - £35,600
Top-up fee* - £7,120

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £28,480
Top-up fee* - £10,680

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £17,800

* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return, instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the relevant top-up fee, plus any annual inflationary increases applied to the entry fee. This applies to applicants who originally entered for a PGDip or MSc. This does not apply to those who have completed a PGCert or PGDip and are re-entering for a higher award.

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 for April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

You could be eligible for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government if you apply for the MSc in the first instance.

PG Cert and PG Diploma students are not eligible for the Master's loan since each of these programmes are not worth 90 ECTS credits, which is one of the eligibility criteria for this loan.

Additional costs

This section outlines any additional costs relevant to this course, which are not included in your tuition fees. It is possible that all, or only some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the figures provided are usually based on the cost in the most recent academic year. These are likely to change from year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their approximate cost to help you budget for student life at Imperial.

This section indicates whether any additional costs that apply are mandatory or optional. Mandatory costs are those that you will need to pay to fully participate in and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies so you will be free to opt out of these.

DescriptionMandatory/optionalGuide to cost
Stethoscope Optional £85

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 from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. 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. Find out more about our scholarships 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.

Further information

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