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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

Location

St George's, University of London

Start dates

September 2021

Overview

The only programme of its kind in the UK and Europe, our MSc is taught by world-leading experts from the Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust – one of the UK’s top multidisciplinary clinics dedicated to sudden cardiac death prevention and one of few centres globally specialising in sports cardiology.

Our course directors are the leading sports cardiologists in the UK and consultants to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), English Institute of Sport, English and Wales Cricket Board and the Rugby Football Union. Professor Sanjay Sharma is also the Medical Director for the London Marathon and consultant to the football association and the British Lawn Tennis Association. Dr Michael Papadakis is the past-chair of the European section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise of the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC) and takes up presidency of the EAPC from 2022.

As well as their unrivalled expertise and cutting-edge research, you’ll benefit from the team’s global connections. This brings opportunities to hear direct from international experts, evaluate several hundred patients with heart disease, and screen young people and top-level athletes, which has previously included footballers from Premier League teams such as Chelsea and Tottenham, the England rugby squad and the British Olympic squad.

Highlights

  • Taught by highly respected, world-leading experts in the field of sports cardiology, responsible for the key recommendations and guidance in the field, publications in high impact peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

  • Innovative case-based learning covers different clinical scenarios and multiple practical opportunities to review real-life cases.

  • The centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology is considered one of the best in the world for its research on athletes’ hearts and their adaptation to exercise and provides screening for major sporting organisations in the UK.

  • First accredited centre in Sports Cardiology by EAPC.

  • Part of the Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute, the Cardiovascular Clinical Academic Group (CAG) is leading research to decipher the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disorders, improving patient diagnosis, risk stratification, treatment and outcomes.

  • Established in 1752, St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university, and we are the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, helping to build your multidisciplinary understanding and context.

  • The University offers a number of scholarships for outstanding students wishing to study a postgraduate course.

““I worked in general cardiology, screening football teams in São Paulo and in the Rio Olympic games as a volunteer doctor, and wanted to learn more about sports cardiology. Dr Papadakis and Professor Sharma were a huge influence in choosing St George’s because they are experts in this area. It also helps to have the hospital here; we do the clinics and I have all the access to patients.””

- Clea

Course info

Sudden cardiac death is the leading medical cause of death in athletes and sadly at least 12 apparently fit young people die in the UK each week from an underlying, undiagnosed heart condition. Around 80% of these individuals have no prior symptoms, so screening is the only way to determine if they are carrying a hereditary heart defect.

A rapidly evolving subspecialty in cardiology, more sports cardiologists are needed to work with patients – especially athletes – to monitor, check for risk of and prevent cardiac complications. This is done by assessing family history, medical background and conduct tests such as echocardiogram (ECG) or measuring the heart rhythm during exercise.

This course will be of interest to a broad range of physicians and allied health professionals wishing to learn more about sports cardiology and inherited cardiac conditions, including cardiac physiologists, cardiac physiotherapists, nurses and sports scientists. We are also offering for highly motivated medical students the opportunity to register for an intercalated MSc.

It offers a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive range of expertise in sports cardiology, including cardiovascular evaluation, cardiac screening, cardiac rehabilitation and exercise prescription and the management of athletes and individuals with heart disease. Specialist optional modules allow you to tailor your study to match your interests, for example, in emergency response planning in sport arenas or interpretation of genetic testing in inherited cardiac conditions.

You will also 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.

You will be taught (and most likely inspired) by our highly respected, world-leading experts in the field of sports cardiology based at the St George’s renowned Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology. Since opening in 2010 with support from CRY, the Centre has helped shape the future for cardiac screening in young people with thousands of screening tests conducted by our students.

Teaching 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.  

St George’s University of London is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. We share our site with a major London teaching hospital which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions. You’ll study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work alongside throughout your career.

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Fees and funding

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Funding your study

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

Find out more about fees and funding.

Tuition fees

UK (2021 entry):

Full-time MSc

£13,750

Part-time MSc

£7,250 per annum

Full-time PgDip

£9,250

Part-time PgDip

£5,000 per annum

Part-time PgCert

£2,700 per annum

Individual module

£1,350
EU and International (2021 entry):

Full-time MSc

£22,000

Part-time MSc

£11,500 per annum

Full-time PgDip

£17,000

Part-time PgDip

£9,000 per annum

Full-time PgCert

£8,500 per annum

Part-time PgCert

£4,550 per annum

Individual module

£2,250

Fees are reviewed annually.

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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Technology requirements

Find out more about technology requirements associated with online learning.

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.

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 course.

We may invite you to interview if we 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.

Research shows that those who participate in sport, on average, live six years longer than those who do not. Sports and regular exercise has countless beneficial effects on a number of conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and heart disease.

On this course, core modules will help you understand the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system and the impact of exercise on individuals with heart disease; from coronary artery disease most commonly associated with middle aged adults, to some of the more uncommon heart conditions, ranging from arrhythmias to structural abnormalities such as cardiomyopathies.

The goals is not to tell people to avoid sport, but to understand how we can best monitor athletes and those who want to safely participate in exercise to reduce the risks presented by undiagnosed heart conditions. Referring to real-life cases and dealing with patients in clinic, you will discover how lifestyle modifications, pharmaceutical remedies and surgical options can allow a continuation of a relatively active lifestyle even for those with inherited or congenital heart defects.

MSc students will select and research an in-depth topic on a subject/issue of their choice, with supervision from our expert staff and the possibility for additional external supervision. Previous students have, for example, researched the composition of coronary artery disease in older athletes, the prevalence and impact of arrhythmias in older athletes, and the impact of exercise on the adolescent footballer’s heart and aorta. They have implemented and assessed the impact of resuscitation training in schoolchildren and even created a national screening programme for cardiac conditions in high schools in Malta.

The full-time MSc will normally be completed over one year, part-time over two years. To qualify for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), you must complete all core modules (excluding the research project) and two option modules. For the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), students are required to complete four modules. Lectures and tutorials are typically delivered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, leaving Wednesday free for self-study.

Our wide range of specialist modules can also be studied individually as part of Continuous Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) however, practice modules must be studied with their corresponding theory module.

Modules throughout the course may include the following.*

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Core modules

  • Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology (15 credits)

  • Cardiac rehabilitation (15 credits)

  • Theory of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes (15 credits)

  • Practice of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes (15 credits)

  • Theory of cardiovascular screening (15 credits)

  • Practice of cardiovascular screening (15 credits)

  • Research methods (15 credits) – Option if you hold another postgraduate degree (MSc, PhD)

  • Research project/Thesis (60 credits)

Optional modules

You will choose one from the following list:

  • Emergency response planning (15 credits)

  • Advanced management and genomics of Inherited Cardiac Conditions (15 credits)

  • Ethical, legal and social issues in applied genomics (15 credits)

  • Counselling skills in genomics (15 credits)

*Modules listed here are indicative and the actual modules available when you enrol may vary.

Traditional 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.

This is a highly practical and interactive course where you will have the opportunity to review hundreds of real-life cases and their investigations, including ECGs, echocardiograms, exercise tests and cardiopulmonary exercise tests, ECG monitors, cardiac MRIs and more advanced cardiac investigations. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment used by cardiac physiologists, such as ECG, echocardiography, cardiopulmonary exercise machines and cardiac MRIs.

You’ll learn how to treat young patients and top-level athletes, which has previously included footballers from Premier League teams such as Chelsea and Tottenham, the England rugby squad and the British Olympic squad.

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Our expertise

One of the things students tell us they like most about and often attracted them to the course is the world class knowledge and expertise of our lecturers. Professor Sharma and Dr Papadakis have been integral to the publication of the European curriculum of Sports Cardiology, the international ECG criteria for an athlete’s evaluation and the recently published 2020 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines on Sports Cardiology and Exercise in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease, which will be used to guide physicians for the next decade.

Your learning draws on their excellent connections in the sporting world, which ranges from guest lectures to panels of experts from different sporting disciplines discussing topics as diverse as their experiences of organising screening for athletes or the contrasting approaches to finance within organised sport.

Relating what you are learning to real events and activities, where possible, you’ll also visit sports clubs to speak to team doctors about how sports planning works. On the emergency response planning module, for example, you will hear direct from those involved in organising major events like the London Marathon, triathlons and road cycling races with the possibility of acting as part of the medical team in one of those events.

We encourage our students to publish assignments consider to be of the highest quality. You will also be invited to write book chapters, review articles and publish your original research.

Assessment methods

Progress throughout the course will be assessed through a variety of methods, including literature review, essays, case reports, presentations, data analysis and your research project.

The growth in the number of competitive athletes, the drive for preventive medicine and a healthier lifestyle and the rising population of amateur athletes – with 2.5 million marathon runs per year in Europe alone – has led to an increase in the need for cardiologists with an in-depth knowledge of sports cardiology.

Sports cardiologists evaluate a wide range of individuals, including young athletes (with symptoms or as part of cardiac screening), athletes with inherited cardiac conditions, older recreational athletes with coronary artery disease and individuals who simply want to take up exercise as part of improving their general wellbeing.

The lack of dedicated training means that, currently, physicians with no formal training in sports cardiology perform the majority of these 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. In the professional sporting world, such practice has the potential for causing delays in an athlete’s clearance for competition, unwarranted anxiety and potentially false disqualification.

Our MSc Sports Cardiology aims to address the lack of structured training in the field and enhance the qualifications of physicians, physiologists, physiotherapists, nurses 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.

Our long-standing collaboration with major sporting bodies, clubs and charitable organisations and the participation of key figures from the industry offers the chance to network and explore the prospect of potential employers. You will gain a good understanding of the needs of such organisations and receive career advice from potential employers.

Successful completion of our master’s courses 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.

Whether you are interested in a career within the NHS or elsewhere, our MSc will provide you with the skills and qualifications in the field of Sports Cardiology and inherited cardiac conditions to rise above the competition. It will equip you with knowledge to evaluate a wide range of individuals, from high-level, elite athletes, to older recreational athletes at risk of coronary artery disease and individuals with or without heart disease who wish to take up exercise as part of improving their general wellbeing.

Careers

  • Charitable organisations

  • NHS

  • PhD study

  • Private practice

  • Research

  • Sporting events

  • Sports clubs

  • Sports organisations

  • Teaching/training

Facilities

St George’s is the only UK university, which specialises in healthcare education and is based on a hospital site, namely St George’s Hospital, where the Channel 4 television series 24 hours in A&E is filmed. We offer a unique opportunity to study and work alongside the full range of clinical professionals and their patients.

Since its first inception in 1954, the St George’s Hospital Cardiology department has been at the forefront of providing pioneering specialist cardiology care to patients. The Cardiology Clinical Academic Group offers all aspects of treatments for heart conditions across South West London and Surrey. As well as sports cardiology, it runs a specialised service for treatment of the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, heart rhythm disorders, heart failure and inherited cardiac diseases including diseases of the thoracic aorta. These include weekly specialist clinics, one-stop heart failure clinics, direct rapid access to high quality echocardiography, MRI, BP and ECG monitoring and cardiac rehabilitation services.

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

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 an existing healthcare professional, returning to education after a break or joining us after graduating from an undergraduate degree, 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. The University attracts a substantial number – over two-thirds – 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 take pride in offering a transformative educational experience underpinned by cooperation and collaboration between staff and students.

Personal academic tutor

On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor – 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 don’t have the answer they will point you in the right direction towards the best people to deal with specific problems.

Induction programme

The main goal of induction is to make sure that you are set up for your studies and start to feel part of the University and our community. As well as course-specific activities, we run an online ‘Get Started’ module which provides lots of information about social and enrichment activities, student safety, wellbeing and learning support, including study skills, a library induction and guidance about our careers and employability services. Additional information is provided for international students.

Academic staff support

You’ll have access to your lecturers and module leads usually by arrangement via email.

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.

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. 

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.

We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19. We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.

If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.

We will also continue to update our frequently asked questions page for applicants and offer holders as more information becomes available.

Course content

We are not making any significant changes to the content of the Sports Cardiology MSc programme. There will be some adjustments to the way this content is delivered – see below.

There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future and this may restrict access to the campus. Even if this were to be the case, we expect to be able to continue to deliver all modules of the programme as planned.

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Module changes

Module/component

Academic year to which the change will apply

Description of change

Practice of Cardiovascular Evaluation of Athletes

2020/21

Replace clinic experience with case-based tutorials. Please see detailed description below.

Practice of Cardiovascular Screening

2020/21

Replace screening sessions with on-line ECG review and case-based tutorials. Amend the written module assignment. Only if required.

Emergency Response Planning

2020/21

Amend the written module assignment. Only if required.

Supporting vulnerable students

Students considered to be most at risk from Covid-19 should work at home wherever possible in line with government advice. Students who are going on placement will be required to complete an individual risk assessment and others may choose to do so. In addition, students from vulnerable groups, including care leavers, students estranged from their families and students with disabilities, are prioritised for help from the University’s Hardship Funds and for accommodation in Horton Halls. Priority for loans of laptops from the University will be given to those eligible to receive a hardship grant; those registered as disabled, care leavers or with caring responsibilities; and international students who may have difficulty sourcing an appropriate device on arrival in the UK.

We recognise the impact that the current circumstances may have on mental health and have expanded our counselling provision, offering remote appointments to any student. In addition, every student will be allocated a personal tutor to offer individual pastoral and academic support from the start of their studies. (Further information about health and wellbeing advice during Covid-19 is available here.)

Priority consideration has been given to support for students with disabilities when accessing teaching and learning online, through the provision of automatic live captioning and British Sign Language within our primary technologies of Panopto, MS Teams and Big Blue Button. These can benefit a range of students, especially those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), memory processing issues, and for whom English is an additional language.

Human-level captioning is also available where a need has been established through the Disability Advisory team. Human-level captioning requests are processed by the Learning Technology Services (LTS) section and can be requested by email to lts@sgul.ac.uk.  

How the course will be delivered

The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place. From September to December 2020 all students will primarily access their learning, including learning materials, via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Canvas. Hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.

The online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with lecturers and other students, with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.

Personal tutor support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will also be online for this period, using a range of methods for staying in touch, such as telephone, email and the University’s web conferencing systems BigBlueButton and MSTeams.

Pending Health Education England (HEE) approval, placements are currently expected to resume from September 2020 with minimum changes to planned delivery or timings. All students on placement will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and adhere to local Trust working patterns and guidance.  

To get the most from online study, hardware requirements have been established and communicated to all existing students and offer holders. Students will need their own personal computer or laptop and an internet connection in their place of accommodation. This needs to be in place at the start of the course. Once enrolled, students will have the ability to use Office 365 as part of our institutional licence, and access software required for their modules/courses via AppsAnywhere. In addition, we offer Office for Mac via Ofice365, but only the following applications are available for Mac: Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote. Web-based Office applications are available on Mac. Full details are available here. There is a provision for students who may struggle to meet the hardware requirements to contact our IT Hardship team.

The MSc Sports Cardiology is well equipped to cope with the distance learning element required during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since its inception, our course has been at the forefront of trialling and successfully using the learning technologies available at St George’s. Our module pages offer detailed material to guide you through your learning in and outside the class. All our lectures are recorded in order to offer flexibility to our students. In contrast to other clinical MSc degrees where clinical examination plays an important role, our speciality relies predominantly on history and interpretation of investigations, with a very limited role for clinical examination.

All our theory-based modules (Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Cardiovascular Evaluation of Athletes, Principles of Cardiovascular Screening, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Advanced Management of Inherited Cardiac Conditions and Cardiovascular Genetics) are well equipped to be delivered remotely with small adjustments. We are reviewing all of our existing recordings and may split some of them into shorter lectures interspersed with single best answer questions or other material. We intend to deliver a considerable proportion of the module material via live webinars on the video conferencing software BigBlueButton. We will definitely deliver any material with new developments since last year’s module this way. BigBlueButton allows for interaction between students and students and tutors, re-creating the class experience.

If required, we will also deliver online the Research Methods module (which already consisted of recorded lectures) and the modules on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Applied in Genomics and Counselling Skills in Genomics that we use as optional modules from the Genomic Medicine MSc.

For our two practice modules, we are planning considerable adjustments. These will ensure that you are able to gain the necessary experience to fulfil the module requirements and complete the assignments. All students who want to experience face-to-face interaction with patients/clients will have the opportunity to attend our specialist clinics and screenings at their convenience throughout 2021, long after the end of the module. Given the limited number of individuals, we can accommodate per session, this will need to be arranged with the respective module lead.

The module Practice of Cardiovascular Evaluation of Athletes, which runs in November, will be delivered as distance learning this year. As such, students will not have the opportunity to join staff in their NHS clinics to review cases. However, similar to previous years, we will deliver interactive case-based tutorials through BigBlueButton, where you will have the opportunity to review and discuss in excess of 100 cases, as per the module requirements. In fact, we aim to surpass the number of cases from last year, given that we will avoid the inherent delays of waiting for patients in an NHS clinic.

The module Practice of Cardiovascular Screening runs in March. The main component of the module is students attending screening sessions organised by the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young. Such screenings are currently suspended, but we hope they will resume soon. If they do not, we will still be able to offer students the opportunity to review more than 500 cases with a combination of online review of ECGs and case-based tutorials. We will use this opportunity to further improve our module and the experience students get, irrespective of whether it is delivered face-to-face or remotely. The module assignment will be changed to a reflective essay to reflect the lack of participation in a screening session.

Risk assessment

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Incoming students (starting September 2020)

 

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you suffer, or have suffered, from a serious illness (physical or psychological) or have a disability, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, please let us know. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course.

Please contact our Disability Advisor as soon as possible with details to help us establish whether your health history or disability is likely to affect your ability to study or practise. This will also give us sufficient time to carry out a detailed assessment, obtain reports and organise additional expert assessments if required.

Attendance at site

Most of our courses include elements of teaching for which you will be required to attend the University site. Attendance at these sessions will be essential to enable you to engage with the course and undertake assessments.

Placements

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement that is part of your course (or undertake certain other activities, such as those which include the practice of clinical skills or require the use of PPE). Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placement arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and alternative arrangements may not be possible. This may have implications for the continuation of your study. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact the Disability Advisor now to undertake an assessment.

 

Current students

Students with pre-existing illnesses or disabilities, or who are shielding

If you're a student with a pre-existing illness or disability, or who is shielding, your course team will contact you to ask if you would like to complete a personal risk assessment before you return to the site. If you suffer from a serious illness which may increase your level of risk, or have been required to shield due to Covid-19, we recommend that you complete a personal risk assessment. St George’s is committed to supporting our students and will explore all reasonable adjustments to support you to thrive on your course. 

Attendance at site

For the majority of our courses, we will be delivering an element of face to face, hands-on teaching on campus in line with social distancing guidelines which you are required to attend. If you will be unable to attend teaching on-site due to a health reason, you must let us know by the start of the academic year so we can consider alternative arrangements to ensure you progress through the course. Mitigating Circumstances can still be submitted for unforeseen illnesses; however, being unable to attend the site due to shielding or being at heightened risk from a pre-existing illness or disability will not be accepted as grounds for Mitigating Circumstances. Please discuss this with your course team and complete a personal risk assessment so that all reasonable adjustment can be made.

Placements 

You will be required to undertake a personal risk assessment before you can attend any placement (or undertake certain other activities, such as those including the practice of clinical skills or requiring the use of PPE) that is part of your course. Where a health concern arises, every effort will be made to identify alternative placements arrangements, but your health and safety will be the first priority, and where alternative arrangements are not possible, there may be implications for your studies. If you are clinically vulnerable or have been shielding, we strongly encourage you to contact your course team now to undertake a personal risk assessment.

Course length

At this stage, we expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through the programme and to graduate without delay.

For our two practice modules, we are planning provisions that will ensure that you gain the required experience to fulfil the module requirements and complete the assignments.

All students who wish to experience face-to-face interaction with patients/clients will have the opportunity to attend our specialist clinics and screenings at their convenience throughout 2021, long after the end of the module. Given the limited number of individuals, we can accommodate per session, this will need to be arranged with the respective module lead.

If social distancing regulations become stricter again, then it may not be possible for students to do clinical projects that involve recruitment of new subjects/patients. The research output of our team, the diverse populations we serve, and the large datasets ensure that we will be able to offer students research projects that they are able to develop without recruiting new subjects.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.

As a result of our courses beginning with the majority of teaching online, you will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online lectures. Information is available on recommended device specification. If you are worried you might struggle to meet these requirements, you should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options for you.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.

Assessment methods

We assess the knowledge, skills and attributes of our students in a variety of ways. These include formative presentations and summative written essays such as reviews, case-based essays, reflective essays and log-books.

The formative presentations, which are predominantly aimed to help students with their summative assessments, will continue online as usual.

Most of the summative assessments will also continue as usual, with the following exceptions:

  1. For the practice module logbooks, students will complete logbooks based on the online cases and the case-based tutorials they participate in.
  2. Reflective essays or reflective components of assignments will be replaced by alternative written assignments and case-based tutorials that explore aspects relevant to the respective module.

Award

The MSc Sports Cardiology programme is not accredited and so the changes that we are making will have no bearing on the qualification.

Location of study

All face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place. We have not explored alternative locations for teaching and have no immediate plans to do so. If government advice on social distancing changes, we will consider ways in which we can deliver teaching on-site in a manner that is safe for students and staff.

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Incoming students (from September 2020)

 

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. If you wish to avoid these changes by deferring your offer please contact admissions@sgul.ac.uk.

 

Current students

The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice, and our capacity to offer alternatives is limited by that advice. You will be required to consent to these changes as part of your re-enrolment. If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance. We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

01 June 2021

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