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Cardiology for Urgent and Emergency Care

Key information

Course Leader: Sarah Jardine

Level: 7

Credits: 15

Mode of delivery: Taught

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 36, Independent Hours - 114

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 30


  • 14/11/2023

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 15 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

 Degree in a relevant discipline; or evidence of appropriate knowledge and experience of level 6 studies. Or extensive demonstrable experience in a clinical role and willingness to undertake level 7 study.  


Professional registration (e.g. HCPC, NMC, GMC) 


Course Overview

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the assessment and management of patients presenting with cardiovascular conditions in the urgent and emergency care environment. 


The course will use a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, workshops and discussion forums to explore the theory underpinning cardiology in urgent and emergency care. Practical simulation will develop your skills to manage this group of patients 


Course content includes: 



The module content will include fundamental physiological principles and processes including: 

  • Cardiovascular physiology of the heart and circulation, including autonomic control, structure and function. 

  • Regulation of a homeostatic environment within the cardiovascular system. 

Applied pathophysiology will examine cardiovascular conditions such as: 

  • Acute coronary syndromes 

  • Heart Failure 

  • Hypertension 

  • Vascular Disease 

  • Heart Valve Disease 

  • Structural Heart Disease 

Clinical assessment and examination skills developed will include: 

  • Advanced ECG interpretation 

  • Auscultation of heart sounds and murmurs 

  • Cardiorespiratory systems-based examination 

  • Monitoring within the context of hemodynamic instability 

  • Pharmacological management of cardiovascular conditions 

Learning outcomes

Successful students will typically: 


  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of cardiology presentations and critically evaluate the evidence base for the management of those conditions.


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of cardiovascular pharmacology in urgent and emergency care. 

  • Critically evaluate the approach to systematic and comprehensive assessment of the cardiovascular system to include appropriate technology and diagnostic tests. 


  • Formulate differential diagnoses based on a comprehensive understanding of a range of cardiovascular pathologies. 

  • Interpret and critically analyse clinical data and formulate a management plan which demonstrates a critical understanding of cardiovascular physiology and dysfunction. 



Written submission, worth 60% of the module mark 


Practical OSCE stations including written, verbal and practical elements, worth 40% of the module mark.