PgD (Postgraduate Diploma)
PgC (Postgraduate Certificate)
One year full-time
or three years part-time
This programme is designed for Cardiology medical practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in Cardiology. The teaching team, which includes a number of internationally renowned speakers and consultant cardiologists have specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.
The programme is offered by Canterbury Christ Church University and consists of lectures, seminars and journal clubs, which will be delivered on the Medway campus (30 minutes from London). Single accommodation is available on the campus. Observation of clinical procedures and imaging modalities will take place at a major London teaching hospital during three separate periods of one week per term.
Nature of the Programme
The MSc Cardiology programme is flexible, can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and includes the option to exit with a PgD or PgC award. It is also possible to undertake single modules as stand alone elements. The full-time programme based in the UK, consists of a number of modules (6 modules = PgD) that are intended to be studied in the first two terms. All modules are studied at M (Masters) level and each module carries 20 M level credit points full-time. Students are normally expected to complete the PgD aspects of the programme in 9 months and complete a three module dissertation (60 Level credits) to be awarded the MSc Cardiology.
The aims of the MSc programme are:
- To provide clinicians with an advanced educational experience which will encourage critical and rigorous analysis of the literature, research evidence, documents, policies, guidelines and codes as they relate to advanced cardiological practice;
- To develop a conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current professional issues and the wider legal and ethical contexts within which cardiologists function;
- To enable students to complete, by independent study, a dissertation or systematic review which demonstrates a critical understanding and application of research methods and issues in a particular topic of the student's interest in cardiology.
The programme consists of 9 modules offered at M. level with each module attracting 20 credit points. The modules offered within the programme are listed below:
- Module 1: General Cardiology
- Module 2: Ischaemic heart disease
- Module 3: Heart failure and the cardiomyopathies
- Module 4: Cardiovascular Imaging
- Module 5: Valvular heart disease and the great vessels
- Module 6: Dysrhythmias and syncope
To be awarded the MSc Cardiology, students must successfully
complete the PgD (modules 1-6) and then progress to complete research modules 7,8
- Module 7: Developing a research proposal
- Module 8 and 9: Research dissertation: Critical evaluation of professional practice or systematic review or empirical project
Assessments will include:
- Final examinations in the form of written short answer questions, which will be held at the end of Semesters One and Two, covering the topics studied in each of the first 6 modules
- The dissertation must be submitted by the end of September for internal marking and external ratification
- Final results will be issued before Christmas
- Graduation ceremony will be held in a local Cathedral early the following year
Applicants must be a qualified medical practitioner with a minimum of one year post qualification clinical experience.
The International Office at Canterbury Christ Church University will check all international applications in terms of:
- a) Equivalence of qualifications (by using NARIC)
- b) English Language Level IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
For an information booklet please contact:
Faculty of Health & Social Care
Tel: 01634 894479
For information on current tuition fees, please visit our finance pages.
How to Apply
Before applying please register your interest with Allison Allen (see above contact details).
International students should visit the International Office website for further information and to download an application form:
For information on fees for international students please click here.
UK / EU students
UK / EU students should contact Allison Allen for more details and an application form.
For further information please contact:
Prof. Michael Henein
MSc Cardiology Programme Director
Faculty of Health and Social Care
Prof. Andrew Owen
Assistant Programme Director
Faculty of Health and Social Care