Course Overview

The scientific evidence for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation is compelling. Multidisciplinary approaches to cardiovascular health and lifestyle medicine are cornerstone to preventive cardiology and cardiovascular rehabilitation practice. This course equips students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; both at an individual level as well as within populations. This course remains the only one of its kind worldwide and offers many unique features creating a highly fulfilling student experience:

  • Delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC): This programme is delivered in collaboration with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health located in the Croí, Heart and Stroke Centre, and as a result draws on considerable teaching expertise together with providing a range of high-quality research opportunities. This partnership enables an exceptional opportunity for students to interact with Croí’s specialist health team and engage in an array of exciting evidence-based initiatives in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Flexible online learning: The course is delivered entirely online via a mix of real-time virtual lectures and self-directed learning. This flexible approach enable students to simultaneously maintain professional roles in clinical practice or manage other commitments whilst completing their studies.
  • 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 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. There is also a specialist pathway in cardiac rehabilitation available as an option for practitioners with a specific interest in secondary prevention.

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 established international partnerships.

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

  • Dr Jennifer Jones, Specialist Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway
  • Professor Gerard Flaherty, Physician and Professor of Medical Education, NUI Galway
  • 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 Tara Conboy, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway
  • Ms Laura Tobin, Honorary Clinical Fellow, NUI Galway (Healthy Ireland Project Lead)
  • Dr Yvonne Finn, Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice, NUI Galway
  • Professor 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
  • Professor David Wood, Adjunct Professor in Preventive Cardiology, NUI Galway
  • Dr Catriona Jennings, Cardiovascular Specialist Nurse, NUI Galway
  • Dr Lisa Hynes, Health Psychologist and Head of Health Programmes, Croi Heart and Stroke Centre
  • Prof Derek O’Keeffe, Consultant Endocrinologist, University Hospital Galway 

Requirements and Assessment

Assessments are carried out across all modules via MCQ, written papers, essays, assignments, poster preparation and a dissertation.

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, nursing or allied health professions. 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.

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12 months

Next start date

September 2022

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Course Outline

The programme is full time “in-service” and is delivered through a blended learning approach of self-directed online learning and face to face workshops (these take place typically 1-2 Thursday/Friday evenings (3-7 pm) and 1 Saturday per month.)

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

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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 NIPC and 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.

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,180 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€8,040 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€16,440 p.a. 2022/23

Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Programme Director:
Dr Jennifer Jones
Senior Lecturer in Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health,
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences,
NUI Galway.
Director of Education and Training,
National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health (NIPC).
T: +353 91 893 299
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What Our Graduates Say


Laura Tobin |   Healthy Ireland project lead, UL Hospital Group

I undertook the Masters in Preventive Cardiology and I have thanked my lucky stars every day that I did. The content of the course was so well delivered. It was so applicable to my role. I felt that it gave me such a grounding in health and wellbeing. It has absolutely impacted on my career trajectory to date. I believe it's a course that can take you very far.

Sinead McCluskey |   Director Commercial Innovation. PEI Surgical

I've been working in the med-tech space for almost 20 years. And over the past number of years, I see an increased interest in wellness and prevention. We live in an ageing population with an increased burden of cost on the healthcare system, and there aren't enough hospital beds for our ageing population. Cardiovascular disease being our number one killer was one of particular interest to me. I really enjoyed the course, and I learned a huge amount.
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Prof. Bill

Prof. Bill McEvoy |   Medical and Research Director of NIPC

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to cardiovascular health. However, there are a number of strong forces working against the maintenance of cardiovascular health in modern societies. This Master of Science (MSc) in Preventive Cardiology draws on the world-class strengths of NUI Galway across the spectrum of expertise in detection, screening, intervention, rehabilitation and health technology. In partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health, this MSc is part of an outstanding suite of Masters in Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health and offers a rich and varied experience to students and provides access to a larger faculty of world-leading experts than would otherwise be offered by any individual MSc.

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MSc Diabetes (Medicine)

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MSc (Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation)

PgCert (Cardiac Rehabilitation)

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