Course Overview

This fully online postgraduate qualification equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to cardiac rehabilitation practice. The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. As such, evidence-based practice features strongly together with multidisciplinary approaches to the comprehensive delivery of high-quality care. The effective implementation of intensive lifestyle and medical risk factor management together with enabling psychosocial health and wellbeing are cornerstone.

Unique features of this programme include:

  • Flexible learning: Delivered online using scheduled remote tutorials and workshops coupled with directed study, enabling students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies.
  • Delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC): This partnership enables an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with leading experts as well as engage in cutting-edge research and further opportunities in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Interdisciplinary expert teaching faculty: Students from a variety of backgrounds from all over the world interact with international leaders and clinical specialists from cardiology, nursing, nutrition, exercise, behavioural medicine and public health.

The course addresses the latest evidence-base, implementation of best-practice guidelines and healthcare policy, behavioural change strategies, lifestyle approaches to risk factor modification, psychosocial health and medical management of risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. Outcome measures, health technology and innovation in service design also feature strongly to enable programme uptake and high-quality delivery.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

This course is delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching faculty of leading experts and clinical specialists in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation:

Dr Jennifer Jones (Course Director)
Specialist physiotherapist in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. Past-President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and Past-President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation (ACPICR).

Noeleen Fallon
Specialist nurse in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation. Past-President of Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (IACR).

Elaine Robinson
Specialist nurse in tobacco cessation.

Suzanne Seery
Specialist dietitian in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.

Denise Dunne
Specialist physiotherapist in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.

Dr Catriona Jennings
Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist.

Dr Susan Connolly
Consultant Cardiologist; Clinical Lead in Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Karen Cradock
Specialist Physiotherapist in Cardiac Rehabilitation; Past President of Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Dr Yvonne Finn
Physician and Content Lead for Diabetes Care.

Laura Tobin
Specialist Physiotherapist; Healthy Ireland Project Lead.

Professor Derek O’Keeffe
Consultant Endocrinologist and Expert in Diabetes and Technology & Innovation.

Professor Francis Finucane
Consultant Endocrinologist and Expert in Obesity.

Professor Bill McEvoy
Professor in Preventive Cardiology and Medical and Research Director of the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular. 

Health Health Behaviour Change Research Group and School of Psychology at NUI Galway
The team contribute to teaching across content in health behaviour change, psychosocial health, sexual health and medication adherence.

Discipline of Health Promotion at NUI Galway
The team contribute to teaching across content in health promotion approaches to cardiovascular health and diabetes prevention.

Professor Robyn Gallagher
Expert in Digital Health and Current President of the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree (or equivalent) in a health care discipline or related subject area (e.g., medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, sport and exercise science, clinical or health psychology, pharmacy, health promotion, public health etc). For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills. 

Overseas students will need to satisfy the University’s English Language requirement of IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

Additional Requirements


5 months, part-time

Next start date

January 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

17 December 2021

NFQ level

Mode of study

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Course code


Course Outline

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiac Rehabilitation involves students participating in a 30 ECTS Level 9 module that runs from the first week of January to end of May each year. This module is delivered fully online with scheduled virtual tutorials and workshops taking place on alternate Fridays (3–7pm) and typically one Saturday a month.

In conjunction with this face-to-face virtual contact there are seven sub-modules that address four major “Units” of organised directed studies supported by a specially designed online learning platform:

  • Unit 1: Evidence, Guidelines and Practice of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Unit 2: Implementation of High-Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Practice
  • Unit 3: Technology and Innovation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Practice
  • Unit 4: Controversies and Opportunities for Contemporary Practice

Each Unit above has an associated assessment which are all in the form of essays or equivalent, e.g., written assignments, poster presentations, case reviews. There are no exams—coursework accounts for 100% of the assessment.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There is an array of employment opportunities in public health, health promotion, healthcare management, academic and research settings and the pharmaceutical industry. Graduates of the course with a clinical background will also specifically benefit from career advancement in the specialty of cardiac rehabilitation as well as cardiovascular health more broadly.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,500 p.a. 2021/21

Fees: Tuition

€2,430 p.a. 2021/21

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€5,500 p.a. 2020/21

Student Levy: Payable by all students . Further detail here

Find out More

Dr Jennifer Jones,
Programme Director.

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