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MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Cardiology

This course 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, has specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.

The course consists of lectures, seminars and journal clubs, which will be delivered by the University's Institute of Medical Sciences, based 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.

The MSc Cardiology is flexible, can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and includes the option to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) or Postgraduate Certificate (PgC). You can also undertake single modules as stand-alone elements. The full-time course comprises six taught PgD modules (each module carries 20 M level credits) that are intended to be studied in the first two terms, followed by a three module dissertation (60 M level credits). Students are normally expected to complete the PgD aspects of the course in nine months followed by the Research Approaches and Methods (RAM) module and the Dissertation/Project.

The aims of the MSc Cardiology 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 you to evaluate critically current professional issues and the wider legal and ethical contexts within which cardiologists function;
  • to enable you 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 your interest in cardiology.

The course consists of nine M level modules with each module attracting 20 credits. The modules are completed over three terms. To be awarded the MSc Cardiology, you must successfully complete the PgD/ PgC (modules 1-6) and then progress to complete the research modules (7&8).

Module 1 – General Cardiology

  • Epidemiology of coronary artery disease
  • Risk factors and prevention of coronary artery disease
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Athletic training and the heart
  • Heart disease and pregnancy
  • Non cardiac surgery in the patient with heart disease
  • Hyperlipidaemia
  • Medical statistics
  • Psychosocial aspects of cardiac conditions
  • Orientation to study at HE Level 4
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Clinical trials

Module 2 – Ischaemic Heart Disease

  • Angina
  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • PCI
  • Cardiac catheterisation
  • Non-invasive cardiac investigation; echocardiography, myocardial perfusion tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance, multislice coronary CT, PET scanning and exercise ECG testing
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery; off pump and on pump
  • Cardiac anaesthesia
  • Post-operative cardiac care

Module 3 – Cardiovascular Imaging

  • Echocardiography
  • Myocardial perfusion
  • Conventional angiography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance
  • CT coronary calcification and angiography

Module 4 – Heart Failure and the Cardiomyopathies

  • Epidemiology of heart failure
  • Types of heart failure; systolic and diastolic
  • Pathophysiology of heart failure
  • The cardiomyopathies
  • Mitral regurgitation and heart failure
  • Medical treatment
  • Electrical threatment
  • Surgical treatment
  • Cardiac assist devices
  • Heart transplantations
  • Pericardial disease
  • Ischaemic cardiomyopathy

Module 5 – Valvular Heart Disease and the Great Vessels

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Degenerative valve disease
  • Artificial valve disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Diseases of the aorta and pulmonary arteries

Module 6 – Dysrhythmias & Syncope

  • Atrial fibrillation and flutter
  • Re-entry tachycardias
  • Ventricular tachycardias
  • Syncope

Module 7 – Research Approaches & Methods (RAM)

Module 8/9 – Research Dissertation/Project

The aim of this module is to enable you to plan and manage a piece of work which demonstrates a critical understanding of the processes undertaken in order to produce a dissertation/project of professional relevance with appropriate academic rigour. The dissertation/project may be an empirical research study, a critical evaluation of practice/literature review or a systematic review.

  • A recent student has been appointed as a Cardiology Clinical Fellow.
  • A recent Diploma student said that the qualification helped him get on the Specialist Register in cardiology so he could apply for consultant positions – he is now a Consultant Cardiologist.
  • A past student has been given the opportunity to work in cardiology (specialist registrar equivalent) at a London Hospital. The knowledge he gained during the MSc allowed him to enter the job with confidence and also helped build a strong base to expand his knowledge further.
  • The MSc helped a past student to be appointed to a post in internal medicine and cardiology.
  • Other students have been appointed to training posts in the UK, enrolled in PhD programmes and become specialists in India and Pakistan.

The Institute of Medical Sciences represents a centre for excellence in postgraduate medical education.

The course is organised and delivered by Professors and Consultant Cardiologists, many of who are internationally renowned experts, who have extensive clinical and academic experience.

Programme Director: Professor Michael Henein

Professor Henein is Director of the MSc Cardiology and also Professor of Cardiology of Umea University, Sweden. He is a senior consultant cardiologist in both Sweden and England, and has published over 250 papers and books and lectured worldwide. Professor Henein has a special interest in non-invasive cardiology and ground-breaking research in cardia physiology and disease prevention.

Programme Director: Professor Andrew Owen

Professor Andrew Owen (PhD, FRCP, FESC) is the Co- Director of the MSc Cardiology, and consultant cardiologist. Professor Owen has a special interest in heart failure, cardiomyopathies and the application of cinical trial results to clinical practice.

Supporting academics include:

  • Dr Wei Li – Adult Congenital Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Professor Margaret Hodson – Royal Brompton Hospital
  • Dr Ashraf Khir – Institute of Bioengineering, Brunel University
  • Dr Chiara Bucciarelly-Ducci – Consultant Senior Lecturer, Bristol Heart Institute
  • Dr Chris Travill, Luton and Dunstable Hospital

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

PG Certificate







PG Diploma







Full MA







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. For further advice about funding your degree please visit http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-degree.aspx.

If you would like information about paying your fees, please contact finance@canterbury.ac.uk. For specific fee queries, please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may be available. View information about funding your postgraduate studies: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx.

Assessment is based on:

  • Final examinations in the form of written short answer question, which will be held at the end of terms one and two, covering the topics in each of the first six modules;
  • A dissertation which must be submitted by the end of September for internal and external marking.

Final results will be issues before Christmas and there will be a graduation ceremony in the local Cathedral the following year.

Before applying please register your interest with Lorraine Phillips (lorraine.phillips@canterbury.ac.uk).

International students should visit the International Office website for further information and to download an application form.

UK/EU students should request an application form by contacting: Lorraine Phillips or medicalsciences@canterbury.ac.uk.

For an information booklet please contact:

Lorraine Phillips
Programmes Administrator
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

Email: lorraine.phillips@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: 01634 844542

For further information please contact:

Peter Milburn
Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

Email: peter.milburn@canterbury.ac.uk

Tel: 01634 894400

Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 or 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • In order to apply you must be a qualified medical practitioner with a minimum of one year post qualification clinical experience.
  • We will check all international applications in terms of: a) Equivalence of qualifications (by using NARIC) b) English Language Level IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.



  • Not applicable


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