PgDip Cardiology and Stroke

Why choose Herts?

Excellent Reputation: We are the only provider in the UK offering Cardiology and Stroke as one master’s award.

Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by senior doctors who specialise in this clinical area and practice within the National Health Service.

Industry Connections: Benefit from our strong relationships with Imperial College, West Herts Hospital, QE2, and local NHS Trusts who have experts lecture on this programme.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

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. The University of Hertfordshire 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.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Applied Clinical Assessment & Investigation in Cardiology and Stroke 30 Credits Optional
    Decision Making & Management in Cardiology and Stroke 30 Credits Optional
    Specialist Masterclasses in Cardiology 30 Credits Optional
    Specialist Masterclasses in Stroke 30 Credits Optional
    Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice 15 Credits Optional
    Expert Witness 15 Credits Optional
    Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership in Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Health and Medical Education in the Workplace 30 Credits Optional
    Service Improvement Project 30 Credits Optional
    Healthcare Disciplines Project 30 Credits Optional
    Medical Emergencies and Human Error- Managing Risk, Improving Services 30 Credits Optional
    Health and Medical Simulation - Design and Delivery 30 Credits Optional
    Clinical Practice in Action 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    PgDip Cardiology and Stroke Download
    Programme specifications
    PgDip Cardiology and Stroke Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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