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BSMS > Postgraduate > Cardiology


Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Sean O’Nunain >

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This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

  • Communication, learning and teaching in health and social care
  • Acute cardiology principles and practice
  • Fundamentals of cardiac diagnostic procedures and investigations
  • Invasive/interventional cardiology
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services

Course overview

This internationally recognised course is designed to train healthcare professionals to be the clinical leaders of the future by providing a mix of clinical and professional knowledge relevant to the practice of cardiology in contemporary healthcare.

Learning in key professional domains includes service leadership and development, research, commissioning and communication and teaching. The cardiology content of the programme provides comprehensive learning to meet the professional development needs of a wide range of practitioners working in cardiology including: doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physiologists and radiographers.

The course aims to increase students’ practical and theoretical knowledge of advanced clinical and interventional cardiology, by promoting their exploration of the current evidence for diagnosis and treatment. The course seeks to enable the student to use this evidence toward good practice through focussing on the practical aspects of the care of common cardiac conditions from a medical and patient perspective. In addition, the course aims to promote a wider understanding of the differing profiles and contributory roles of the various health care professionals involved in the care of cardiac patients.

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"The Acute Cardiology module definitely had a positive effect on my practice in cardiology. It allowed me to review and discuss the main topics which I am most likely to encounter working in this field."

Ebraham Alskaf, current PGCert Cardiology student

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader. The clinical modules are also assessed by means of an unseen written examination.


MDM135 Acute Cardiology Principles and Practice (20 credits)

MDM136 Fundamentals of Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures and Investigations (20 credits)

MDM137 Invasive and Interventional Cardiology (20 credits)


PGCert Modules PLUS

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


MDM110 Leading and Transforming Services (20 credits)


MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)


PGDip Modules


MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, students will have a broad understanding of cardiovascular medicine combined with a portfolio of advanced research and leadership skills to support the development of specialist interest in cardiology and enhance career opportunities.

Entry requirements

The programme is open to post-registration doctors and qualified practitioners in any profession allied to medicine. Those with a first degree will have minimum of two years’ clinical practice; those without will have a minimum of five years’ post-qualification practice in cardiology. Students who do not hold a first degree will initially register for either a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma award.

It may be possible to take the MSc Cardiology as an intercalated degree, but all applicants will need to meet the clinical practice requirements above.

International applicants who meet the above entry criteria and have IELTS (minimum score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each section) are welcome to apply.

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Fees and funding (2017-18)


UK / EU / Island students £7,650

Internatinal £14,490


UK £5,100

International £9,660


UK £2,250

International £4,830

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal. 



PGCert Cardiology in the community

This course has been designed for professionals working in primary care and community settings.

Teaching focuses on the recognition and management of common cardiovascular conditions with the goal of enhanced delivery of cardiovascular care in community settings and the promotion of the most recent evidence-based care for people with cardiac-related illness.