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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

January 2020, September 2020

Sports cardiology is a new but rapidly evolving subspecialty in cardiology. The Sports Cardiology Unit at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust is run by world-leading experts in this rapidly advancing area of medicine. This unique course addresses the increasing demand for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of this discipline. The course is delivered in collaboration with an internationally renowned consortium, giving you access to expertise limited to only a few centres around the world. The active involvement of key figures from sporting organisations facilitates innovative educational projects, enhancing your practical experience and cultivating your leadership skills.

The course offers access to state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge research and top-level athletes. You will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive range of expertise in sports cardiology and cement your practical skills for the evaluation of athletes of different demographics and sporting disciplines, as well as healthy sedentary young individuals and patients with heart disease.

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Endorsements

“The Rugby Football Union are committed to safeguarding the health of our players and are proud to support this innovative MSc in Sports Cardiology which will train physicians and allied health professionals in this important area.” 

Rugby Football Union

“This is a pioneering MSc which will support the health of our athletes by equipping physicians and allied health professionals with the knowledge and skills to identify quiescent heart disease and reduce the risk of sudden death.”  

Dr Rod Jaques, Director of Medical Services – English Institute of Sport

"Scientific Programme endorsed by the European Association of Preventive Cardiology, a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology."

European Association of Preventive Cardiology

"The MSc in Sports Cardiology at St George’s University is supported by The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK."

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK

"We are pleased to support any initiative that aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of those who participate in sport."

London Marathon Events Ltd

Highlights

  • Taught by world leading experts in sports cardiology.
  • St George’s has world-class research, clinical and teaching expertise.

  • Campus is co-located with a leading teaching hospital.

  • Institutional expertise in multiprofessional education.

  • St George’s scored 92% overall student satisfaction in Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014.

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

  • St George’s is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world according to the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Tuition fees

UK/EU (2020 entry):
  • Full-time MSc: £13,250

  • Part-time MSc: £7,000 per annum

Non-EU (international) (2020 entry):

  • Full-time MSc: £21,500

  • Part-time MSc: £11,250 per annum

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Fees are reviewed annually.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Funding your study

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

  • A postgraduate loan from the UK government of up to £10,609. Find out more information about postgraduate loans at fees and funding.

  • An alumni discount – if you're a former St George’s student you can qualify for an additional 10% discount from this course.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

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

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a life science subject. For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry for September start, or 1st December for January start.

It is highly desirable for applicants to have practical experience in a healthcare role.

Please note, we require all students to have a basic competency with the interpretation of the 12-lead ECG.

For individuals who do not have experience of ECG interpretation, cannot provide evidence, or wish to refresh their ECG skills, an ECG course offered by St George’s will be available close to the commencement of the main course (fees to be confirmed).

We may invite you to interview if are unable to make a decision directly from your application.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk

English language

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

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement. This must be completed on the subject-specific personal statement form located on the ‘Apply’ tab. Please upload this when completing your application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

World leaders in sports cardiology have contributed to the creation and development of our MSc modules, giving you access to the most up to date and relevant research and practice in cardiology.

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Core modules

Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as distance learning.

This module will give you an appreciation of cardiac anatomy and cardiovascular physiology. You will study the basic principles of exercise physiology, the interaction between the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during exercise, and the impact of different sports and training regimes on the cardiovascular system. You will explore the long-term structural and functional adaptations of the cardiovascular system to exercise, and how these are influenced by different demographic factors. You will also appreciate the impact of exercising under extreme environmental conditions. This module will outline the health benefits of exercise in different populations (sedentary individuals, athletes, former athletes, individuals with cardiovascular risk factors, individuals with established cardiac or respiratory disease). It will also explore potential risks, as well as the notion of overtraining.

Principles of Cardiovascular Evaluation of Athletes

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as distance learning.

This module will provide you with comprehensive knowledge relating to the principles of cardiovascular evaluation of athletic and non-athletic individuals with suspected cardiac disease. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to differentiate between physiological adaptation to exercise and phenotypes of cardiac disease. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities, including 12-lead ECG, ECG monitor, signal-averaged ECG, exercise ECG and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography and drug provocation testing. You will also gain an understanding of the value and challenges of genetic testing and potential implications for the athlete. Finally, you will gain an understanding of current recommendations relating to sport participation by individuals with inherited, congenital and acquired cardiac conditions.

Practice of Cardiovascular Evaluation of Athletes

This module requires one to two weeks of practical experience in our specialist clinics and case-based tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to review in excess of a hundred pre-recorded cases on-line.

This module will provide you with comprehensive practical experience of cardiovascular evaluation of athletic and non-athletic individuals with suspected cardiac disease. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how to evaluate athletes within different clinical scenarios and how to differentiate between physiological adaptation to exercise and phenotypes of cardiac disease. You will explore the indications and interpretation of a number of investigative modalities, including 12-lead ECG, ECG monitor, signal-averaged ECG, exercise ECG and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography and drug provocation testing. You will also gain an understanding of the value and challenges of genetic testing and potential implications for the athlete. Finally, you will gain an understanding of current recommendations relating to sport participation by individuals with inherited, congenital and acquired cardiac conditions.

Principles of Cardiovascular Screening

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as distance learning.

In this module you will gain an insight into conditions predisposing to sudden cardiac death in young athletes. You will explore the principles of pre-participation cardiovascular screening, as well as different perspectives and practices around the world. You will explore the potential benefits and risks of a widespread screening programme and its application in different populations. You will evaluate the advantages and limitations of different screening modalities. Finally, you will review the psychological impact of screening and the ethical and legal considerations associated with screening and with the disqualification of athletes with heart disease from competitive sport.

Practice of Cardiovascular Screening

This module requires attendance throughout your MSc studies at screenings performed around the UK with the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young. You will review in excess of 500 cases.

You will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the cardiac screening of various populations, including elite athletes, amateur athletes, master athletes, schoolchildren who exercise and sedentary individuals. You will evaluate the advantages and limitations of different screening modalities and gain competencies in performing cardiovascular preparticipation screening in order to prevent acute cardiovascular events and potential worsening of cardiovascular disease. You will appreciate the logistical, financial, ethical and medicolegal challenges of organising a widespread screening programme. Finally, you will gain an appreciation of the psychological, ethical and legal considerations associated with the disqualification of athletes with heart disease from competitive sport.

Cardiac Rehabilitation of Athletes and Patients with Cardiac Disorders

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as distance learning.

This module is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to organise, manage and deliver a Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme within a hospital or community setting. The module will provide a special focus on the rehabilitation of athletes or individuals with cardiac disorders who wish to return to exercise and work, learn to manage their condition, and deal with the activities of daily living. The module will be based on the European Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation, which promote evidence-based practice for individuals who have had a known cardiac event. You will be equipped with knowledge of aspects of cardiac disease, be exposed to the multidisciplinary nature of effective cardiac rehabilitation services, and learn to modify rehabilitation programmes for athletes and older people with cardiac disease.

MSc research module

You will select an area of interest, develop a research question, identify an appropriate method to answer it, undertake a research project, and present your findings. You will be allocated a supervisor for your project who will contribute background knowledge on your subject and methodological expertise to support you. Although the primary supervisor will be from the faculty of the MSc to ensure quality and consistency, you will be able to choose a second supervisor outside from St George’s with appropriate research and clinical background.

Optional modules

Advanced Management and Genomics of Inherited Cardiac Conditions

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as distance learning.

This module will provide you with a systematic approach to assessing complex, disease-specific, issues related to inherited cardiac conditions and formulating appropriate management plans. You will also gain insight into cardiac genetics and genomics, and will evaluate the role of genetic testing in the setting of an inherited cardiac conditions clinic and Sports Cardiology. You will assess the need for genetic testing, evaluate potential ethical, medicolegal and clinical implications, and gain insight into the interpretation of the results. 

Emergency Response Planning

Lectures and tutorials delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday free for self-study. Available as blended learning recorded lectures, but you are required to attend one sporting event with our MSc team or local to you.

In this module you will gain insight into the current state of safety measures in sport facilities around Europe, ranging from major football arenas to schools. You will critically appraise evidence supporting the use of automated external defibrillators. You will review current recommendations from scientific and sporting bodies regarding safety measures in sport arenas as well as outdoors competitions in city streets, open water and motor sports. You will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions where organisers of large events (medical directors and team doctors) will provide you with first-hand experience of the challenges of ensuring the safety of athletes and spectators in such events. Finally, you will have the opportunity to participate in large events as part of the medical team, depending on your background and advanced life support accreditation.

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics

This module aims to provide a framework for ethical understanding of medical genomics. You will be provided with a platform of ethical understanding from which to consider issues of human confidentiality, autonomy, disclosure, informed consent and natural justice.

Counselling Skills in Genomics

The aim of this module is to equip you with the knowledge, communication and counselling skills and appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards the diagnosis and management of patients whose care will be influenced by genomic investigations.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods such as lectures, course-specific seminars and small group sessions. You will also participate in self-directed study and wider reading, as well as individual and group practical sessions.

Help meet the ever-growing need for cardiologists with an in-depth knowledge of sports cardiology in areas such as: the drive for a healthier lifestyle; the growing population of amateur athletes, with 2.5 million marathon runs per year in Europe alone; and the commitment of sporting organisations to pre-participation screening.  

Currently, Physicians with no formal training in sports cardiology perform the majority of athlete evaluations. Given the complexities of the field, individuals with limited knowledge and experience are likely to resort to numerous, costly, and often redundant investigations, which has huge implications for health services around the world. Such practice has the potential for causing delays in the athlete’s clearance for competition and false disqualification.

MSc Sports Cardiology aims to address the lack of structured training in the field and enhance the qualifications of physicians, physiologists, physiotherapists and sports scientists who are committed to training in cardiology, sports medicine or exercise physiology by providing them with a unique degree and highly sought-after set of skills.

A formal MSc degree in Sports Cardiology will set you apart from the competition and provide you with unique employment opportunities within national health systems, sporting organisations, and charitable organisations dedicated to sport and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

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. Once you have created your account, you will then be able to complete an application form and upload any relevant documents. You will need to complete the Personal Statement Form below and upload it to the personal statement section of your application. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections, and that the information you provide is accurate.

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

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

You can track your application through your online account.

Complete a personal statement form

Please download and complete the personal statement form before uploading it to the ‘Personal Statement’ section of your online application. 

You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete this form. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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