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.

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

 

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

Duration

12 months (Masters)

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90 (Masters)

Award

CAO

Course code

1MPY1 (Masters)

Course Outline

 

MODULES

ECTS

Semester

Assessment

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

 Core Compulsory Modules:

 

 

Continuous

End of Module

Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology

15

1

Research Methods

5

1

Reflective Clinical Practice

10

1&2

 

Research Project and Dissertation (MSc only)

30

1&2

Advanced Module:

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification

30

2

Module details for Masters
Module details for PDip

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MD581: Research Methods


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module introduces students to Research Methods and Medical Statistics. During the first term students will be introduce to quantitative research designs and quantitative statistical analysis. Students are required to apply their knowledge and skills using databases to carry out statistical analysis for clinical research and to write the interpretation of the statistical results.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn the level of measurements for variables (type of data) in order to create a survey questionnaire and to appropriately select the correct statistical procedure.
  2. Design a survey questionnaire to be used for data collection, data entry and data analysis assignments.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of descriptive and inferential statistics, including graphical presentation of results.
  4. Critically appraise statistical methods in published medical research articles.
  5. Develop statistical analysis abilities through problem-based learning in the use of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  6. Demonstrate knowledge acquired by applying research methods, study design concepts and statistical analysis techniques for the research assignment.
  7. Prepare a project report, inclusive of data analysis and results interpretation, in line with recommended guidelines for publication of a scientific paper, as per ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors).
  8. Develop oral presentation skills through delivery of continuous learning statistical analysis computer lab-based workshop sessions.
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD581: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD575: Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD575: "Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD576: Reflective Clinical Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD576: "Reflective Clinical Practice" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD578: Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD578: "Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MD577: Research Project


15 months long | Credits: 30

This module applies learning acquired in the Research Methods module in semester 1 of the Diploma/Masters course. Students are required to submit a proposal for an original research project in an area drawn broadly from the six themed areas of preventive cardiology covered in the course. A supervisor(s) will be assigned to the student early in semester 2. The project will provide practical experience of research methodologies and will introduce the student to the process of publication.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Develop an idea for an original research project based on knowledge of the existing published literature in preventive cardiology.
  2. Complete a comprehensive literature review relevant to the agreed research theme.
  3. Select appropriate research methodologies which will allow a focused research question to be addressed.
  4. Prepare a structured research proposal (3,000 words) which will defend the choice of research methodology and reflect on the existing literature on the subject in question.
  5. Seek formal ethics committee approval if indicated.
  6. Manage bibliographic references using a reference manager such as EndNote.
  7. Apply a knowledge of medical statistics in the analysis of research findings.
  8. Complete a structured dissertation (5,000 words) in the format of a manuscript suitable for submission, with minimal revision, to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD577: "Research Project" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD580: Cardiovascular Risk, Guidelines & Policy


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
The above information outlines module MD580: "Cardiovascular Risk, Guidelines & Policy" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD579: Medical Risk Factor Management


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
  • Department-based Assessment (50%)
Module Director
The above information outlines module MD579: "Medical Risk Factor Management" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

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 
E gerard.flaherty@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/course-information/programme/MPY1

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)