University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine

Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine involved in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. This online masters course is designed to be practical and clinically focused and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care. It aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role. As such, on completion of the MSc Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, you will be able to deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients at increased cardiovascular risk; demonstrate knowledge and competence in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine and develop and deliver Preventative Cardiovascular interventions for the wider population.

Entry requirements

•Entry to the one-year MSc programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).
•Applicants without recognised qualifications but have relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills will also be considered on an individual basis.
•English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)
•Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
•Qualification certificates
•One written reference

Please note: entry requirements for the Independent Prescribing module differ from the other modules and require:
•3 years post registration experience
•1 year in field of practice
•Support of Line manager
•Requirement of current role for IP status
•Availability of a mentor

Course modules

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Evaluation in Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine (compulsory module)

This module will address the terminology and methodologies used in epidemiology and research studies, and you will learn how to interpret graphical and other statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses. You will develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how to apply it within a clinical setting.

Module 2: Either Professional Project

This modules aims to develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice of your choice and develop skills in independent research and study. You will produce a report of 12000 words which will include a project proposal of 1,500 words and the remaining 10,500 words will consist of a literature review and an evidence appraisal, clinical or organisational practice audit. It will also involve the implementation of evidence-based practice and undertaking qualitative or quantitative research. As part of the module you will be in regular contact with your tutor who will offer guidance and supervision either via email, telephone or SKYPE.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

The Independent Prescribing module will be assessed via completion of Formative and Summative assessments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study March 2017 - 2 years
MSc On-line study September 2017 - 2 years

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