You will need to meet the entry criteria to be considered for this course.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

Physicians Physicians should have completed their MBBS course (or equivalent) and gained a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate experience in clinical medicine, cardiology or exercise medicine as part of their training.
Cardiac physiologists Cardiac physiologists should have completed the equivalent of a UK BSc (Hons) in Cardiac Physiology and gained a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate practical experience in a cardiac physiology department.
Cardiac physiotherapists Cardiac physiotherapists should have completed the equivalent of a UK BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy and gained a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate practical experience in a cardiac rehabilitation.
Sports scientists Sports scientists should have completed the equivalent of a UK BSc (Hons) in Sports Science or similar, and gained a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate practical experience.

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries. Please see the country-specific information section of our website or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your country is not listed.

English Language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability.    

English language tests are valid for only two years, as English language ability changes from year to year. If you've completed a test which is now considered out of date, you may be required to complete another, though applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

Non-standard applications

Alternative professional qualifications may be considered. Non-standard candidates may be required to submit supplementary details and/or attend interviews or selection days. Students attending interviews will be asked in advance if they have specific requirements so that reasonable adjustments can be made. Given that some of the candidates may have employment commitments, interviews may also be arranged and conducted via Skype.

IELTS Overall 6.5 with 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Reading, 6.0 in Writing and 6.0 in Speaking.
Pearson Test Pearson (PTE Academic) Test overall 67 with 60 in Listening, 60 in Reading, 60 in Writing, 60 in Speaking.
Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) Cambridge English Advanced overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English) Cambridge English: Proficiency overall 185 with no less than 176 in each section

Other essential criteria

Basic competency with the interpretation of the 12-lead ECG

All candidates with an MBBS qualification or a BSc in cardiac physiology or cardiac physiotherapy will be presumed competent in ECG interpretation. Candidates with a BSc in Sport Science will need to present evidence of competency. This may include certification from a recent course (awarded within one year of the course start date) or a letter from their supervisor.

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).

Enhanced Disclosure Criminal record check

Once accepted for the course all candidates will require a Enhanced Disclosure Criminal record check clearance (DBS). The course involves contact with patients, and in line with legislation and standard practice in the UK, DBS clearance will be necessary prior to registration and enrolment. For more information please see‎.

Personal statement

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form.


You must also provide two satisfactory references to support your application, both dated within the last year (from date of application). Typically the referees would be academic and professional/employer.

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 from yourself.

References must be submitted using the online application system. References should cover your suitability for the course and your ability to engage in academic processes according to the guidance and questions included on the form.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:36