Course Overview

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to the discipline of cardiovascular disease and prevention. 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 various preventive cardiology programmes at the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology located in the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre adjacent to the NUI Galway campus. Small group case-based discussions, workshops and clinical activities supplement the didactic lecture programme. The course has excellent online learning and guided self-directed learning dimensions as well as residential elements, enabling students to adapt their learning to their professional lives. 

Students are supervised in designing an original research project which addresses a specific research question in any aspect of preventive cardiology. 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.

Note: there is a PDip exit option available for this course.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Prof. Gerard Flaherty, Physician and Professor of Medical Education, NUI Galway
  • Dr. Jenni Jones, Reader in Physiotherapy, Brunel University, London
  • Ms. Irene Gibson, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Nurse)
  • Ms. Suzanne Seery, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Dietitian)
  • Ms. Denise Dunne Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Physiotherapist)
  • Ms. Elaine Robinson, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Smoking Cessation Officer)
  • Ms. Laura Tobin, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Healthy Ireland Project Lead)
  • Dr. Yvonne Finn, Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice, NUI Galway
  • Prof. Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist, University Hospital Galway
  • Ms. Gloria Avalos, Lecturer in Medical Statistics and Research Methods, NUI Galway
  • Mr. Wael Tawfick, Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery, NUI Galway
  • Dr. Annette Neary, Consultant Nephrologist, Galway Clinic
  • Prof David Wood, Adjunct Professor in Preventive Cardiology, NUI Galway
  • Dr Catriona Jennings, Cardiovascular Specialist Nurse, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Damian Griffin, Chemical Pathologist, University Hospital Galway

Requirements and Assessment

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 Master’s 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.

Additional Requirements


12 months (Masters)

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90 (Masters)



Course code

1MPY1 (Masters)

Course Outline






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

 Core Compulsory Modules:




End of Module

Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology



Research Methods



Reflective Clinical Practice




Research Project and Dissertation (MSc only)



Advanced Module:





Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification



Module details for Masters
Module details for PDip

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course will be positioned as leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and will find ample opportunities to apply their learning across a variety of clinical settings in both primary and secondary care. There will also be employment opportunities in public health, health promotion, healthcare management, academic and research settings and the pharmaceutical industry. Clinician graduates will benefit from career advancement within their chosen disciplines. Masters students completing the 5,000-word ‘ready-for-publication’ dissertation will be supported in preparing their work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, which will further augment their career prospects.

About you (i.e., the prospective student)
Are you interested in the risk factors which underlie cardiovascular disease? Are you motivated to prevent cardiovascular disease rather than merely treating its manifestations? Do you want to provide effective self-management support to individuals living with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other related long-term conditions? Do you want to influence national healthcare policy by demonstrating the patient and economic benefits of cardiovascular disease prevention.  If so, then preventive cardiology may be the course for you!

Why choose NUI Galway?
At NUI Galway we take pride in working closely with postgraduate students to develop their fullest potential. We understand the challenges of combining your personal and professional lives with a postgraduate programme and we work hard to support you in every way on this journey. The excellent course materials and innovative e-learning platform will enable you to make optimum use of your private study time. NUI Galway’s unique collaboration with Croí means that up-to-date, relevant information will always be close at hand and you will get to appreciate the translation of evidence-based preventive cardiology into clinical practice.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 for M.Sc.; €5,500 for PG Dip. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 for M.Sc.; €5,276 for PG Dip. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€15,000 p.a. 2018/19
Masters EU fee €6,500 p.a.; PG Dip EU fee €5,500.

Find out More

Prof Gerard Flaherty
Professor of Medical Education
School of Medicine
NUI Galway

T +353 91 495 469 


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019 PDF (12.6 MB)