School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

MSc Clinical Cardiac Science

The only programme of its kind to be offered in the South West region, the MSc Clinical Cardiac Science is designed to provide specialist knowledge within the areas of cardiac pathophysiology, diagnostics and technological advances in imaging alongside current and future treatment strands. The programme is delivered by experts in clinical cardiology and imaging within the South West with theoretical background and molecular mechanisms of disease taught by expert academics within the field.

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Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • The only programme of its kind in the South West region
  • Opportunity to take a nationally recognised qualification in electrocardiography 
  • Masterclasses delivered by leading cardiologists in the South West
  • Undertake a substantial research project
  • Problem-based approach
  • Exit points with PgCert / PgDip

Course details

  • Course details
  • The course can be undertaken full-time, part-time or as an intercalated degree. This programme is ideal for medical students who wish to intercalate in a clinical specialism as well as being suited to students with relevant biomedical degrees who wish to go onto a PhD in the area of clinical cardiac science. The award focuses on training within the clinical cardiology discipline integrating the depth of detail and underpinning knowledge of cardiac disorders aligned with the diagnostics used in clinical assessments and inclusion of current treatment and management options for cardiac disorders.

    Students will gain depth of detail and knowledge of normal and abnormal cardiac physiology, the technological detail and limitations of current diagnostic measurements in practice. Students on this programme will be given the opportunity to complete the Society for Cardiological Science and Technology (SCST) Certificate in electrocardiography (ECG) which upon successful completion, permits professional competency in recording and interpreting ECGs.

    BHCS 5001: Applied cardiac sciences
    This module will build upon your existing knowledge of cardiovascular physiology to discuss advanced topics in the normal maintenance and imbalance of the cardiovascular system. In addition this module aims to introduce the ECG in normal sinus rhythm and during disturbances such as arrhythmias and coronary artery disease.

    BHCS 5002: Project design and development
    The module will provide you with the knowledge to understand and critically review current scientific literature and skills associated with project design, development and knowledge transfer.

    BHCS 5003: Research project and dissertation
    This module is comprised of independent self-directed study under the guidance of a project advisor. It complements and builds on the work begun in BHCS5002 to involve hypothesis testing including the execution of a research study involving data collection and analysis to improve research knowledge or service provision within healthcare.

    BHCS 5004: Advanced clinical cardiac sciences
    This module begins by building your previous knowledge of cardiac development to detailed discussions about cardiac embryology and haemogenesis/angiogenesis and the genesis of congenital heart disease. The module continues with discussions about the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of structural heart disease.

    BHCS 5005: Medical imaging principles and practice
    This module provides a familiarisation with the functions and characteristics of medical imaging equipment used for assessing and recording key physiological and pathophysiological parameters.


    Core modules
    • BHCS5001 Applied Cardiac Sciences

    • BHCS5002 Project Design and Development

    • BHCS5003 Research Project and Dissertation

    • BHCS5004 Advanced Clinical Cardiac Science

    • BHCS5005 Medical Imaging: Principles and Practice

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Clinical Cardiac Science programme specification

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

2:1 in a biomedical sciences or related subject with physiology content.

English language requirements: For non native English speakers IELTs score 7 overall with at least 6.5 in each of the components. To be gained before the course starts and to last the whole of the course.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Plymouth University

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Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
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You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.