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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Cardiology and Stroke
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Cardiology and Stroke

Why choose this course?

About the 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.

Key staff

Bella Rajasekaran
Module Leader

Dr David Collas
Stroke Physician/Consultant Geriatrician

Professor Diana Gorog
Consultant Cardiologist

Kenneth Spearpoint
Programme Leader

Course details

Teaching methods

Applied Clinical Assessment and Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke

This module aims to facilitate a critical understanding of the use of appropriate diagnostic tools to complement effective treatment and develop patient management plans. It also promotes a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the presentation, pathophysiology and management of cardiac disease / stroke to help enable the assessment process.

The module aims to promote an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the clinical management of arrhythmia including atrial fibrillation and others commonly encountered.

Students will have the opportunity to practice their history taking and physical examination skills, which may include the use of advanced patient simulators and / or surrogate patients.

The evidence base and contemporary literature will be examined regarding effective assessment and the use of investigations in cardiology / stroke medicine.

Decision Making in Cardiology and Stroke

This module will focus on the development of high level, appropriate clinical decision –making skills and effective, timely management of stroke / cardiology related conditions in order to provide a comprehensive care management strategy to patients.

Students will have the opportunity to practice their clinical decision-making skills, in clinical simulation based educational activities, which may include the use of advanced patient simulators and surrogate patients.

The module aims to promote an understanding of and application of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) relevant to stroke / cardiology. Students will be familiarised with the use of a range of technical equipment (e.g. cardiac ultrasound, radiological imaging, pacing devices, defibrillators).

Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology

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.

This module is conducted on-line and is therefore available to access for students who are remote from the university.

Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke

This module will follow the Stroke Specific Educational Framework in its focus upon prevention, first contact, treatment & rehab and long-term support and review. The module will focus on prevention, managing risk, awareness raising, providing information, guidance & support and urgent response. The module will also focus on the management of trans-ischaemic attacks / stroke, high-quality specialist rehabilitation, seamless transfer of care, long-term care and support, assessment and review, return to work, and end of life care.

This module is conducted online and is therefore available to access for students who are remote from the university.


Level 7

Core Modules


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £15000 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1250 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet


Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

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.

Overseas students will need to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific international qualifications please check here.

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 15 Months
  • Part Time, 5 Years
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201928/11/2020Apply online (Full Time)
20/01/202030/04/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
20/01/202016/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202028/11/2021Apply online (Full Time)
20/01/202130/04/2022Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
20/01/202116/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202128/11/2022Apply online (Full Time)
20/01/202230/04/2023Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
20/01/202216/01/2023Apply online (Part Time)
We welcome applications from international and EU students