School of Biomedical Sciences

MSc Clinical Cardiac Science

The only programme of its kind to be offered in the South West region, the MSc Clinical Cardiac Science is designed to provide specialist knowledge within the areas of cardiac pathophysiology, diagnostics and technological advances in imaging alongside current and future treatment strands. The programme is delivered by experts in clinical cardiology and imaging within the South West with theoretical background and molecular mechanisms of disease taught by expert academics within the field.

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Key features

  • The only programme of its kind in the South West region.
  • Opportunity to take a nationally recognised qualification in electrocardiography.
  • Masterclasses delivered by leading cardiologists in the South West.
  • Undertake a substantial research project.
  • Problem-based approach.
  • Exit points with PgCert / PgDip.
  • This programme is intended to run in 2020-21.

Course details

  • Course details
  • The course can be undertaken full-time, part-time or as an intercalated degree. This programme is ideal for medical students who wish to intercalate in a clinical specialism as well as being suited to students with relevant biomedical degrees who wish to go onto a PhD in the area of clinical cardiac science. The award focuses on training within the clinical cardiology discipline integrating the depth of detail and underpinning knowledge of cardiac disorders aligned with the diagnostics used in clinical assessments and inclusion of current treatment and management options for cardiac disorders.

    Students will gain depth of detail and knowledge of normal and abnormal cardiac physiology, the technological detail and limitations of current diagnostic measurements in practice. Students on this programme will be given the opportunity to complete the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST) Certificate in electrocardiography (ECG) which upon successful completion, permits professional competency in recording and interpreting ECGs.

    BHCS 5001: Applied cardiac sciences
    This module will build upon your existing knowledge of cardiovascular physiology to discuss advanced topics in the normal maintenance and imbalance of the cardiovascular system. In addition this module aims to introduce the ECG in normal sinus rhythm and during disturbances such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

    BHCS 5002: Project design and development
    The module will provide you with the knowledge to understand and critically review current scientific literature and skills associated with project design, development and knowledge transfer.

    BHCS 5003: Research project and dissertation
    This module is comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. It complements and builds on the work begun in BHCS5002 to involve hypothesis testing including the execution of a research study involving data collection and analysis to improve research knowledge or service provision within healthcare.

    BHCS 5004: Advanced clinical cardiac sciences
    This module begins by building your previous knowledge of cardiac development to detailed discussions about cardiac embryology and haemogenesis/angiogenesis and the genesis of congenital heart disease. The module continues with discussions about the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of structural heart disease.

    BHCS 5005: Medical imaging principles and practice
    This module provides a familiarisation with the functions and characteristics of medical imaging equipment used for assessing and recording key physiological and pathophysiological parameters.


    Core modules
    • BHCS5001 Applied Cardiac Sciences

      This module will build upon the students¿ existing knowledge of cardiovascular physiology to discuss advanced topics in the normal maintenance and imbalance of the cardiovascular system. In addition, this module aims to introduce the ECG in normal sinus rhythm and during disturbances such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

    • BHCS5002 Project Design and Development

    • BHCS5003 Research Project and Dissertation

      This module is comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. It complements and builds on the work begun in BHCS5002 to involve hypothesis testing including the execution of a research study involving data collection and analysis to improve research knowledge or service provision within healthcare.

    • BHCS5004 Advanced Clinical Cardiac Science

      The module introduces the key stages involved in the development of the heart and circulatory system. It also covers the changes that take place to adapt from foetal life to infancy. This knowledge will then be used as a foundation for consideration of selected congenital heart defects. Finally, the module will conclude with a discussion of the cardiomyopathies.

    • BHCS5005 Medical Imaging: Principles and Practice

      This module provides a familiarisation with the functions and characteristics of medical imaging equipment used for assessing and recording key physiological and pathophysiological parameters.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Clinical Cardiac Science programme specification

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

2:1 in a biomedical sciences or related subject with physiology content.

English language requirements: For non native English speakers IELTs score 7 overall with at least 6.5 in each of the components. To be gained before the course starts and to last the whole of the course.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,500 £9,800
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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