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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cardiology People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

The teaching team for the MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme has a medical lead for cardiology and a medical lead for stroke medicine. They both are senior doctors who practice within the National Health Service. The course provides students with the opportunity to study all aspects of clinical cardiology and stroke medicine. The focus is on clinical assessment and clinical decision-making. This includes the investigation, interpretation, intervention and management of a range of cardiac and stroke related conditions..

Is this for me?

We welcome interest from junior doctors with career intentions in stroke or cardiology, general practitioners with special interest as well as acute medicine or emergency medicine physicians who want to enhance their understanding of stroke or cardiology. We also welcome interest from clinical nurse specialists and other healthcare professionals working in cardiology and stroke or emergency or acute medicine.

How is the programme structured?

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke is a modular programme. Some of the modules are compulsory and some are optional. Learning may be shared in some core modules with healthcare professionals on other clinical programmes in Postgraduate Medicine.

If you are studying this course full time, please note it is typically studied over 12 months

What will I gain?

The programme leads to the award of MSc Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiology and Stroke, Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiology or Postgraduate Certificate in Stroke depending on the number of modules you choose to study.

Why choose this course?

The MSc Cardiology and Stroke programme has been developed in response to the local and national emergence of specialist ‘Stroke’ and ‘Heart Attack’ centres. The implementation of the national service frameworks and the development of national strategies and clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, initial management and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease have advanced the quality of patient care. The technological and therapeutic advances in the treatment of cardiovascular illness places an increasing demand upon practitioners to develop knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making.

Simulation based medical education is increasingly popular and a highly sought after method in learning and teaching practice, throughout the NHS and private health care sector and internationally. UH has state of the art simulation facilities including cardiovascular specific simulators, supported by a track record and the expertise in simulation education. Simulation based education will be used to teach both technical and non-technical skills in two of the specialist taught modules.

The MSc. Cardiology and Stroke aims to provide students with the requisite clinical assessment, decision-making skills and management for a range of cardiology conditions and stroke including pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions.

Different course options

Full time | University of Hertfordshire | 15 months | 23-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date



This module will follow national and international recommendations and guidelines for the treatment of coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, heart failure, syncope, hypertension, mitral and aortic valve disease, and coronary revascularization, cardiac investigations, primary and secondary prevention, managing risk, awareness raising, providing information, guidance & support. It will also cover urgent response. Management of angina, atrial fibrillation, valve disease, revascularisation, syncope, cardiac rehabilitation, secondary prevention, long-term care and support, assessment and review, return to work, end of life care.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A first degree in a healthcare discipline at 2.2 or above Normally two years experience in a cardiology or stroke related field of practice.

University information

Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Future Employment: Superb career support with 96.5% of graduates in work within six months of graduating Industry Connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and industrial placements Course Accreditation: We offer over 40 industry accredited courses Financial Support: 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates, as well as £11,222 of postgraduate funding...more