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Duration

Two years part-time

Application Deadline

1 July 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU

International students may apply

Start dates

September 2022

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Heart failure is a growing epidemic and a rapidly evolving subspecialty within cardiology. Our new Heart Failure MSc is a structured international teaching programme and the first of its kind.

The population of patients with heart failure is growing, and heart failure is now the leading cause of hospitalisation among adults over 65. An impressive advancement in the development of drugs and devices that prolong life expectancy in patients with heart failure has resulted in a significant demand for physicians with expertise in this important area.

While current awareness of heart failure among physicians is good, there remains a pressing need for experts to safely and effectively manage patients with this condition. Heart Failure MSc will provide you with a unique set of skills and knowledge to manage the increasingly complex patients with heart failure, developing you into a heart failure specialist. 

Hear from Professor Andrew Coates, President of the Hearth Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, as he delivers a welcome message to Heart Failure MSc students at St George's, University of London.

Course highlights

  • The programme will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary group of cardiologists and allied health professionals and will include invited international key opinion leaders in heart failure who are leaders in their field

  • You will gain a unique blend of clinical expertise and experience in cutting-edge heart failure research

  • The content of the course is current and inclusive of the most recent European Society of Cardiology heart failure guidelines

  • Online modules to allow self-paced, flexible learning, interactive workshops, webinars

  • St George's is the UK's specialist health university and shares a campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK

  • St George’s has world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise

  • St George’s is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

  • St George’s clinical research ranked 4th for impact by REF.

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To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references
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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

The minimum entry requirement is an MBBS (Medical Bachelor & Bachelor in Surgery) or equivalent for applicants outside the UK.

Alternative professional qualifications may be considered and applicants holding these qualifications are encouraged to apply. Non-standard candidates may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts), and/or attend interviews or selection days.

Physicians are required to have two years of postgraduate clinical experience in cardiology and a documented familiarity with heart failure. You may be asked to present evidence of competency that might include certification or a letter from your supervisor.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use to assess. Degree certificates will need to be translated into English.

Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

International applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK government’s Visas and Immigration department in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Tier 4 sponsor.

English language requirement

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 2 course.

Please note that a place on the course will not be confirmed unless the English Language requirements have been met, along with all other entry criteria.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references.

See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information. 

The MSc consists of ten compulsory modules (12 credits each) and a research project with a thesis (60 credits). The course is designed to offer flexibility in order to accommodate the needs of professionals who have a requirement to complete their studies around their existing work commitments on a part-time basis. To allow greater flexibility a technology-rich model is used to deliver a significant proportion of learning materials online and provide resources to facilitate self-directed learning and reflective practice.

A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used in the delivery of this programme. Each module will have an online component which the student will work through at their own pace with gated assessments to allow progression and acquire a solid foundation in the subject matter. Additional reading material will be provided to encourage students to participate in self-directed study and wider reading to develop insight into their own learning styles and become responsible for their professional development. Assimilation of this knowledge will be underpinned by twice-monthly webinars and face to face sessions.

It is intended that face to face sessions will occur four times each year at St George’s, University of London to allow for balance with clinical work and will be delivered in small groups to allow more hands-on tasks to support the academic learning experience. The practical sessions allow students to benefit from direct contact with lecturers and other learners. These will be blended with 1-2 tutorials each day to consolidate the acquired knowledge. If required, the face to face sessions may need to be delivered online if there are any travel restrictions in place.

The combination of strategies aims to enable our students to develop an investigative, independent and individualised approach to learning so that they can go on to undertake an extended research project with the intention of at least one publication.

Modules

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Epidemiology and Aetiology of Heart failure (12 credits)

This module will give you an in-depth understanding of the causes and aetiology of heart failure, along with an expert understanding of its epidemiology. You will master the definitions of heart failure according to presentation, aetiology and results of diagnostic testing, and understand the possible differential diagnoses in patients presenting with suspected heart failure, including rarer causes including genetic, metabolic, toxic, pregnancy-related, infective, and infiltrative causes. This module will help you develop the expertise required to implement the national and international guidelines with insight and to understand how to apply them to each individual patient.

Diagnosis of Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module provides you with a comprehensive experience of the cardiovascular evaluation of patients with suspected heart failure. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to evaluate patients with signs and symptoms of heart failure and of how to differentiate between alternative diagnoses and phenotypes of cardiac disease. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities. You will also gain an understanding of the value and challenges of biomarker testing and potential implications for the diagnosis and prognostication of patients with heart failure.

Therapy and Management of Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module will give you comprehensive theoretical and practical experience in managing patients with heart failure, underpinned by an in-depth understanding of the relevant international guidelines. You will learn to develop critical responses to current national and international treatment guidelines and practices and be able to suggest new concepts and analyse the differences behind the different approaches for the prevention and treatment of heart failure. You will gain a deep understanding of possible drug-drug interactions and the contra-indication of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular therapies. You will learn about the indications for device implantation within the therapeutic pathway and the current recommendations for emerging therapies in heart failure.

Co-morbidities in Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module gives you a detailed experience of the most common co-morbidities in patients with heart failure. You will learn how to flexibly and creatively apply advanced methodological approaches to determine heart failure treatment strategies taking into account the varying importance of co-morbidities. You will learn about the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities for detection of the most common co-morbidities occurring in patients with heart failure. You will also gain an understanding of frailty, sarcopenia and cachexia in heart failure and their implications in the therapeutic pathways.

Management of Arrhythmias and Device Therapies in Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module will give you comprehensive practical experience of the management of arrhythmias and the expert indication for device therapies in patients with heart failure. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to detect and manage potentially lethal arrhythmias, and you will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of devices for the treatment of arrhythmias in patients with heart failure. You will also learn the value and challenges of electrophysiological testing and potential implications for the management of patients with heart failure.

Advanced Imaging in Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and skills in heart failure-related imaging. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to evaluate patients with heart failure in different clinical scenarios using different imaging techniques. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities including advanced echocardiography, cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography and drug provocation testing. You will also gain an understanding of the best indication of the different tests according to the different clinical presentations and patient characteristics.

Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Therapy in Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module will give you broad practical knowledge of advanced therapy to be used in patients with advanced heart failure. You will gain a thorough understanding of how to manage patients with advanced heart failure using both medical and device therapy. You will explore the indications of a number of advanced therapies in heart failure including ultrafiltration, left ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. You will also gain an understanding of the correct timing to use left ventricular assist devices as both a bridge and as destination therapy.

Multi-disciplinary team management and end-stage heart failure (12 credits)

This module will develop your knowledge and skills in the multi-disciplinary management of patients with end-stage heart failure. You will gain an in-depth understanding of current management and research into treatments and develop a detailed knowledge of the psychological impact of advanced heart failure treatment on the patient and their family. You will learn to support effective communication within the multidisciplinary team in managing patient care by making appropriate connections with heart failure nurses, care of the elderly and general physicians, primary care physicians, palliative care services and pharmacists and how to organise multidisciplinary meetings to discuss patient care.

Acute Heart Failure (12 credits)

This module will develop your competences in the management of patients with acute heart failure. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to treat patients with acute heart failure according to the clinical presentation, and on how to reach a timely diagnosis. You will explore the indications of different therapeutic strategies that can be adopted after phenotypisation of the patient. You will also gain an understanding of the best indication of the different diagnostic tests and procedures to be applied according to the different clinical presentations and patient characteristics.

Cardiac Rehabilitation (12 credits)

This module is designed to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to organise, manage and deliver a Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme within a hospital or community setting. The module has a special focus on the rehabilitation of patients with heart failure who want to manage their condition and deal with activities of daily living. It is based on the European guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation, which promote evidence-based practice for patients who have had a known cardiac event. You will gain knowledge of aspects of cardiac disease, be exposed to the multidisciplinary nature of effective cardiac rehabilitation services, and learn to modify rehabilitation programmes for patients with heart failure.

Research project (60 credits)

In this part of the course, you will plan, prepare and conduct research into a heart failure topic of your choosing. You will then analyse, discuss and present the outcomes of your research.

The research project is a key component of the MSc and allows you to apply your newly developed skills and knowledge to a real-life clinical scenario. The planning of the research task (including logistics, risk assessment and ethical approval, where appropriate) helps you to develop organisational skills. The research itself gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in the collection, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and presentation of data in relation to current research in your chosen area of study.

You are encouraged to consider your area of interest as early as possible and to discuss these with your educational supervisor. You will be given a list of potential research areas and topics which you can choose your project from. It should be based on one of the following types of research:

  • Analysis and discussion of primary data that you collect
  • Analysis and discussion of existing (e. secondary) data
  • Systematic review and analysis of published material
  • Research in a workplace environment leading to and/or evaluating a practice or service innovation

The research project is primarily self-directed study but students will be allocated a supervisor who will support with their background knowledge on the subject and methodological expertise throughout the course.

This course uses a wide range of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to the learning context, including online small-group sessions, tutorials, one-to-one case-based learning, online modules and webinars.

The combination of strategies is designed to help you to progress towards greater self-direction in your studies. You will be encouraged to develop insight into your own learning styles and become responsible for your own learning and professional development. You will develop an investigative, independent and individualised approach to learning, enabling you to undertake an extended research project.

Personal and professional development is fostered through academic study, self-directed learning, reflective assessments and a supervised research project. This is underpinned by e-learning, including online assessments, which will allow a self-paced, flexible educational style.

Each student is assigned an educational supervisor at the beginning of the course. They are responsible for monitoring your academic progress and welfare. They will be your main contact, will assist you with any difficulties, and will monitor your progress throughout the course.

Watch Professor Andrew Coates, President of the Hearth Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, welcome you to the Heart Failure MSc at St George's, University of London.

Our expertise

Our Course Directors, Giuseppe M.C. Rosano and Robin Ray have a world-renowned reputation in Heart Failure.

Professor Rosano is President-elect of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) and currently the chairman of the Online education committee of the HFA as well as the congress program committee member for the Heart Failure section of the European Society of Cardiology. He has been the Chairman of the Heart Failure Congress 2016 in Florence that scored a record number of registration in the excess of 6100 participants. He is also chairman of the Diabetes and Hypertension Committee of the Heart Failure Association, Associated Editor of the European Journal of Heart Failure and Deputy Editor of Cardiac Failure Reviews.

Dr Robin Ray also has been extensively involved in education in Heart Failure. He is involved in leading education in Heart Failure at a European level and is a member of the Committee on online education of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) and is actively involved in the development of the on-line educational material in heart failure for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He has also had an interest in the education of allied health professionals and has organised national and local heart failure training days for nurses. Dr Ray, in conjunction with his colleagues at St George’s Hospital in London, has set up the largest acute heart failure unit in the country. This is a pioneering centre which has attracted much attention nationally with excellent clinical outcome data and patients involved in phase 2 and phase 3 heart failure trials.

Giuseppe Rosano

Giuseppe Rosano

Course Director

Professor Cardiology & Consultant Cardiologist - President Elect Heart Failure Association

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Robin Ray

Robin Ray

Course Director

Dr Robin Ray is a Consultant Cardiologist at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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This MSc is the UK’s first Master’s-level qualification in heart failure. A Master’s degree in Heart Failure from an established and highly ranked university will show potential employers that you have a high level of expertise.

As healthcare budgets tighten, staff with expert qualifications will be ever-more important to hospitals and healthcare providers, to make sure that investigation and treatments are carried out in the most efficient and effective way possible. This degree will set you apart from the competition, and provide you with unique employment opportunities within national health systems.

As a physician, this MSc will give you employment opportunities above your current cardiology experience, making you ideally suited for positions that require a heart failure specialist.

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university based on a hospital site, St George’s Hospital, which is where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E was filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients. Based in the thriving multi-cultural hub of Tooting in South West London, our location has the added advantage of being just a short tube ride from Central London and all the city lifestyle has to offer.

We also have a range of specialist paramedic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Paramedic simulation centre

Complete with two fully-fitted rear sections of an ambulance, three purpose-built domicile rooms, a skills lab and an immersion room capable of 270° projections, these spaces can be adapted to fit any required environment or scenario. Using the facilities to simulate real-life situations helps you build confidence, flexibility and resilience.

We also have a range of specialist health and academic facilities to support your learning, listed below.

Dissection room

In addition to the face-to-face sessions and online materials and activities, the Paramedic programme at St George’s, University of London includes some Dissecting Room visits. The Dissecting Room is a unique learning resource that aids your understanding of the human body and explores practical and clinical applications such as physical assessment and clinical procedures. 

Pathology museum

Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including display specimens exhibiting diseases from lung cancer to tuberculosis. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help you understand the mechanisms of disease.

Library and learning technology

Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources, such as the Canvas virtual learning environment

and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and comprises silent, quiet and group learning areas, as well as four group discussion rooms.

IT facilities

We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free Wi-Fi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas.

Student support

Whether you are heading off to university straight from school or college, or returning to education as a mature student, we want to ensure your experience is positive from the outset. At St George’s, you’ll be welcomed by a multicultural student and staff body of different ages, ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds, all with one thing in common – an interest in healthcare, science and medicine.

Students frequently tell us they greatly appreciate the diversity of our student and staff body, as well as the patients who access healthcare services in the borough of Tooting. We attract a substantial number of ‘mature’ students, aged 21 or over when they start; many have family and caring responsibilities.

We offer a full range of academic support and student services across all institutes, departments and faculties, some of which are listed below. We believe we offer a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students. Our innovative Student-Staff Partnership Grants (SSPGs), for example, provide funding for small projects led jointly by students and staff.

Wellbeing

The Department of Paramedic Science prides itself on our unique model of pastoral and learning support, provided by two dedicated members of staff. The Department puts a huge emphasis on promoting positive wellbeing and provides tools and strategies for looking after yourself when undertaking your study as a future health care professional. We champion our culture of support within our learning community and have a peer support model with our student paramedic Blue Light Champions.

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the programme – someone with whom you can have regular contact, who you ask questions and discuss problems with, both academic and personal. The main purpose of a personal tutor is to monitor your progress, pick up and help you resolve any problems, whether academic or welfare related. Even if they do not have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

Within your first week at St George’s, you’ll take part in an induction programme to help with your orientation and introduce you to various study skills, including interprofessional learning and use of the Dissecting Room. Additional sessions provide advice and guidance about the Registry, Students’ Union, personal tutor system, safety, occupational health and sexual health awareness.

Clinical placement support

We have service level agreements with most placement sites and lecturers act as clinical placement co-ordinators. They work closely with placement sites to ensure all students receive high quality training and mentoring whilst on clinical placements, and will visit students during placements to support and monitor progress.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers, usually by arrangement via email.

Mums and dads scheme  

‘Mums and dads’ is a buddy scheme organised by the Students’ Union. Every fresher (first year student) has the choice of being assigned a ‘parent’ from the year above in their respective course. The returning student then acts as a ‘go to’ for advice about courses and university life, providing an additional support system during your first year, both academically and socially. They have been in your position and know the struggles of starting university; they also know all of the best pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and will help introduce you to your new St George’s family. 

Student Life Centre

Our Student Centre team can help you with every aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around – whatever it takes to make you feel at home. Each course has a designated contact within the student centre to link to and your personal tutor can signpost you to relevant support, including a confidential counselling service. 

Careers service

Our careers service works to support current students and recent graduates to find and maintain the career of their dreams. We work with careers tutors from each course area to ensure that careers activities specific to your programmes and future profession come to you. Each year, primarily for second and third-year students, we hold an annual radiography careers fair, hosted online in 2020, to which we invite various NHS trusts to come and showcase their organisations.

How to apply

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

Applications must be submitted through our online application system, which you can access below. 

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Access our online application system

1. Select the application link for your chosen mode of study:

2. You will be asked to create an account.

3. Add pgadmissions@sgul.ac.uk to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

4. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’.

You can track your application through your online account.

Guidance for completing your references

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

In this tab you will find the financial information for this programme of study, including details of financial support.

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Tuition fees

2022 UK

  • Part-time MSc: £7,500 per annum
  • Part-time PgDip: £5,000 per annum
  • Part-time PgCert: £2,700 per annum.

2022 EU and International

  • Part-time MSc: £11,750 per annum
  • Part-time PgDip: £9,500 per annum
  • Part-time PgCert: £4,750 per annum.

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis for each year of entry.

Funding your study

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for the following:

Find our more about fees and funding.

Additional costs

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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Duration

Two years part-time

Application Deadline

1 July 2022

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