MSc (Preventive Cardiology)
Postgraduate Diploma (Preventive Cardiology)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

Croí bursaries (scholarships) now available for this programme. Read more here.

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to the discipline of preventive cardiology. The taught modules address the development and practical use of cardiovascular disease risk estimation tools, implementation of healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. Students have the opportunity to actively engage with patients participating in a preventive cardiology programme at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre in Galway. Small group case-based discussions and clinical activities supplement the didactic lecture programme. The course has online learning and guided self-directed learning dimensions as well as residential elements, enabling students to adapt their learning to their professional lives. Contributors are drawn from clinical departments at Galway University Hospitals, scientific and healthcare disciplines at NUI Galway, the Croí clinical team, and the International Centre for Circulatory Health at Imperial College London.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate life science, biological science, medicine or nursing. For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case will be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in a relevant field of cardiovascular health. Entry to the Masters programme is conditional upon achieving at least 60% in the core compulsory modules of the Postgraduate Diploma. Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5. All prospective candidates will be interviewed by telephone or Skype.

Duration: 12 months (Masters), 9 months (PDip)

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90 (Masters), 60 (PDip)

Average intake: 30

Closing date: Please see the review/closing dates.

Course outline



MCQ, written papers, essays, assignments, poster preparation, practical examination, dissertation

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Core Compulsory Modules:
Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology 10 1
Research Methods 10 1
Reflective Clinical Practice 10 1  
Research Project and Dissertation (MSc only) 30 2
Elective Advanced Modules:
Cardiovascular Risk, Guidelines and Policy 30 2
Medical Risk Factor Management 30 2
Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification 30 2

Who teaches this course?

Dr. Gerard Flaherty, Physician and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine and Medical Education, NUI Galway

Ms. Jenni Jones, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Health Promotion, NUI Galway (Physiotherapist)

Ms. Irene Gibson, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Nurse)

Ms. Claire Kerins, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Dietitian)

Ms. AnneMarie Walsh, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Nurse)

Ms. Jane Windle, Physiotherapist, Croí, West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, Galway

Ms. Caroline Costello, Exercise Therapist, Croí, West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, Galway

Prof. Kieran Daly, Honorary Clinical Professor in Medicine, NUI Galway

Dr. James Crowley, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital Galway

Dr. Faisal Sharif, Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital Galway

Dr. Yvonne Finn, Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice, NUI Galway

Prof. Martin O’Donnell, Professor of Translational Medicine, NUI Galway

Prof. Timothy O’Brien, Professor of Medicine, NUI Galway

Dr. Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist, University Hospital Galway

Dr. Thomas Kropmans, Senior Lecturer in Medical Informatics and Medical Education, NUI Galway

Find out more

Dr Gerard Flaherty
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine and Medical Education
School of Medicine
NUI Galway

T +353 91 49 54 69 

PAC code

GYM02 (Masters)
GYM03 (PDip)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,500 for M.Sc.; €5,000 for PG Dip. (inclusive of levy)
 - Tuition: €€6,276 for M.Sc.; €4,776 for PG Dip.
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €14,000 p.a. 2014/15

EU fee for M.Sc. = €6,500

EU fee for P.G. Dip. = €5,000