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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

The deadline for this course has passed but we are still accepting applications where places are available

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.

For more information about the course, watch the Sports Cardiology Course Talk 2020.

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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

Covid-19 updates

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 the Covid-19 updates tab for further details of how this may affect this course.

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.

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.

  • 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.

Tuition fees

UK/EU (2020 entry):

Full-time MSc

£13,250

Part-time MSc

£7,000 per annum

Full-time PgDip

£9,000

Part-time PgDip

£4,750 per annum

Part-time PgCert

£2,600 per annum
Non-EU (international) (2020 entry):

Full-time MSc

£21,500

Part-time MSc

£11,250 per annum

Full-time PgDip

£16,500

Part-time PgDip

£8,750 per annum

Part-time PgCert

£4,400 per annum

Fees are reviewed annually.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

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

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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

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:

 

  1. You will be asked to create an account.

  2. 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.

  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.

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.

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.

Consenting to these changes

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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

The deadline for this course has passed but we are still accepting applications where places are available

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