Course Overview

This dual delivery course enables students to complete this postgraduate qualification fully online. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation practice. The scientific evidence for comprehensive rehabilitation is compelling in these populations. Furthermore, service transformations advocate for integrated approaches to delivery. As such, contemporary and 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: The course is largely delivered online (with a fully online option) by incorporating scheduled remote tutorials and workshops coupled with directed study. This enables students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies. Opportunities to engage in a number of face-to-face activities are also offered enabling students not currently working in clinical practice to immerse in practical application.  
  • 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 and pulmonary rehabilitation.
  • Interdisciplinary expert teaching faculty: Students from a variety of backgrounds from all over the world interact with international leaders and clinical specialists from medicine, 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.  Whilst focussed on cardiovascular and pulmonary populations the content aligns strongly to the management of non-communicable diseases.

This programme aims to provide nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, GPs, hospital doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists and other health professionals interested in or working with people with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, the knowledge to provide high quality care as well as an array of career opportunities in clinical care transformation, research, academia and industry.

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

This course is delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching faculty of leading experts and clinical specialists in cardiovascular and pulmonary 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).

Dr Mandy Jones
Specialist physiotherapist in respiratory physiology and pulmonary rehabilitation.

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 and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Denise Dunne
Specialist physiotherapist in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation.

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

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


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website for information.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

The MSc in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation involves students participating in a number of Level 9 modules totalling 90 ECTS. 

In Semester 1 students participate in three core modules:

  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Reflective Clinical Practice (Part 1) 

In Semester 2 students participate in three core modules:

  • 3 optional modules across subjects in behaviour change, lifestyle and medical risk factor modification
  • Reflective Clinical Practice (Part 2)

Across all three semesters students work on a primary research project that is submitted as a ready to publish article at the end of the programme. 

This core teaching 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 students are expected to complete intensive directed studies supported by a specially designed online learning platform. In addition, students are offered a number of face-to-face opportunities to enable application of learning to practice. Where attendance to these in person is not possible online options are available.

Each module has associated assessments. At the end of Semester 1 online examinations are run for these modules. The remainder of the course has assessments in the form of essays or equivalent—e.g., written assignments, poster presentations, case reviews.

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, pulmonary rehabilitation and integrated care programmes more broadly. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,316 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€7,176 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€15,366 p.a. 2021/22

Find out More

Dr Jennifer Jones (Programme Director)

You may also be interested in...

Other programmes also offered within this suite of courses in Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health include:

MSc Preventive Cardiology

MSc Obesity 

MSc Diabetes

PgCert (Cardiac Rehabilitation)

Sign up to receive updates

Opt in 


  • MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice and Research

    MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice and Research PDF (1.34 MB)

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)

  • Childhood Speech, Language and Communication Needs

    Childhood Speech, Language and Communication Needs PDF (1.83 MB)