Preventive Cardiology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 12.3 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 37.8 k / Year(s)  
11 place StudyQA ranking:3118 Duration:1 year

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The Preventive Cardiology programme will allow students to:
Interact with some of the world’s leading experts in cardiovascular health and disease prevention
Develop an understanding of how to manage cardiovascular risk and raise the standards of care in preventive cardiology
Acquire the appropriate qualifications to fill specialist posts in services related to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease
Students will gain knowledge of, and experience in, the theory and clinical application of evidence-based preventive cardiology practice. The programme covers the complete spectrum of preventive cardiology, from patients with established atherosclerotic disease and the relatives of patients with premature atherosclerotic disease, to asymptomatic people, including those with diabetes, who are at high multifactorial risk.

The teaching format will generally include:

Lectures: Recorded so they can be reviewed to enhance student learning.  

Seminars: Tutor-directed practical or discussion sessions led by multi-disciplinary faculty or guest experts. 
E-based preventive cardiology: Podcasts, videos, lecture notes, interactive learning tasks and discussion forums 

Expert Lectures: Presentations given by experts in the field of preventive cardiology

Journal clubs: To assist students with the reflective aspect of their studies

Clinical observation visits: Visits to multi-disciplinary clinics related to preventive cardiology

Blackboard Learn: Virtual Learning environment which joins all teaching and learning resources together in one easy to access space. 

A five day intensive course induction programme
Term One (October to January) students attend weekly, each Wednesday and Thursday for their core modules 'Preventive Cardiology Theory and Practice' and 'Research Methods'.
During Terms Two and Three (January to July) students attend the taught component of their optional specialist modules. Specialist modules run in 3-4 day blocks of face-to-face teaching followed by e-based learning.
In addition, during Terms Two and Three students attend seminars and personal tutoring for the core module 'Research Project'. These seminars are dispersed through the terms and timetabled on Thursdays.
During Terms One, Two and Three, students attend clinical visits for the core module 'Reflective Clinical Practice'.
Full-time students are expected to attend all face-to-face teaching and are not offered the part distance-learning option. This is only available to part-time students. 
Full-time students are expected to participate in significant self-study on non-teaching days. University regulations consequently do not support concurrent employment beyond occasional evening or weekend work.
All students are required to attend assessment days.

Term 1: 
Introductory week (attendance compulsory)
Weekly lectures for core module (attendance compulsory)
Clinical visits
Term 2&3: 
Specialist optional modules - 3-4 day teaching blocks (attendance compulsory)
Research Project
Clinical visits
Assessment (attendance compulsory)


Our programmes are aimed at all healthcare professionals with a role in prevention of cardiovascular disease, such as doctors, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, pharmacists, psychologists, occupational therapists, sports scientists, health promotion and public health specialists.

Candidates will be expected to hold a good first degree (normally at least an upper second or MBBS) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK. For those who do not hold a first degree at the required level, a special case can be made if the student has demonstrated aptitude for the course through at least 3 years of high quality work experience in a relevant field of cardiovascular health.


Dean's Master's Scholarships

Home/EU Students

  • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

  • 5 places are available

Overseas Students

  • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

  • 4 places are available

Stipends will be paid in monthly instalments, subject to satisfactory progression. Awardees on courses which last more than a year will have their £17,000 stipend spread over the full lengh of the degree. 

The Faculty offers a wide range of Master's degree courses, as well as PG Certificates and Diplomas, and all students will belong to the Graduate School, which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme. 

 For any queries not covered here, please email James Osborne (PGT Administrator, Faculty of Medicine) at

Please note that there may be other scholarships offered by Schools, Institutes and Departments that make up the Faculty of Medicine. These are separate from the Dean's and Faculty Master's Scholarships described here and entail a different application process. 


General Eligibility

These awards are open to all students who have made an application to the Faculty of Medicine by 30 April 2015 for admission to study for a full time or part time Master's course* at Imperial College London, starting in October 2015 (*or PG Cert for a course where that is the only route to the higher degree).

Please note that these awards can only be given to students who are studying a course run by the Faculty of Medicine. For a full list of these courses, please see our Master's Degree page. 

It is not essential for applicants to have already received an offer of a place on a course, but the initial course application must be made before applying for a scholarship.

Residence Eligibility

Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

Academic Eligibility

  • Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort and in receipt of, or due to receive, a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.

  • An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background*), will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form. (*Those applicants without a degree will be required, where available, to pass a Special Qualifying Examination to gain entry to the chosen course).

  • Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates who already have a postgraduate qualification should justify their request to have an additional postgraduate course funded by the faculty. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

  • Candidates who wish to apply for a Master's course which starts as a PG Cert or PG Dip will only be considered if they are committed to completing the course to Master's level.

  • Scholarships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

How to Apply
In order to be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships, potential candidates will need to have first applied for a place on a Master's course in the Faculty of Medicine. It is not essential to wait for an offer of a place to be made, but the initial course application must be made before submitting a scholarship application. To apply for a Master's course, please use our online admission system. 

Once the application for the course has been submitted, those who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete our online form (Note: the Scholarship award panel will assess candidates on their scholarship application form NOT their course application, so make sure all key information is included in your scholarship application). The form will need to be completed in a single session, so please have the following information prepared:

  • Personal statement (not more than 1000 words).
  • Details of qualifications, achievements, awards, relevant experience and publications.
  • The title/s of the course/s which you have applied for.

Shortlisting will take place in May 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews which are currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 8 June 2015. All interviews will take place via Skype between 9.00 and 17.00 BST. The scholarship application form includes a question regarding your country of residence in June 2015. We will use this information to identify your time zone and try to tailor your interview time accordingly, although we cannot guarantee that the slot allocated to you will be convenient for your time zone. 

All candidates will be informed of the decision by the end of June 2015.


We will use the references that you provide as part of your course application process. Please do not send references to us directly as we will be unable to accept them. It is not essential that we receive your references in time to consider your scholarship application, although their absence may weaken your application. It is therefore recommended that you contact your referees directly to ask that they respond to your course application reference request before Friday 8 May 2015 (one week after scholarship applications close).

Terms and conditions

When applying for Faculty of Medicine Master's Degree Scholarships, candidates must agree to Imperial's terms and conditions regarding scholarships and bursaries. 

Please note, the following conditions override the standard Imperial terms and conditions:

  • Both part time and full time students are eligible to apply.

  • An offer of a place is not required before applying, but candidates must first apply for a Master's course run by the Faculty of Medicine before applying for a scholarship.

  • Candidates who do not apply through the online form will not be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships.

  • Successful applicants who receive a Dean's Master's Scholarship will not be allowed to accept any other form of scholarship or bursary provided by Imperial College London for study during the 2015/16 academic year.

  • Scholarship stipends will be paid in monthly instalments over the length of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. Students on courses which are part time or start as a PG Cert will have their stipend paid in equal monthly instalments over the full length of the course.

  • Awardees will be required to participate in a small number of promotional activities during the course of their studies and allow their image to be used by Imperial for publicity purposes. Such activities may include (but are not limited to) attending special events and producing occassional print or web copy.

​Deadline for applications is Midnight 30 April 2015

Applicants will be given a decision by 30 June 2015.

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field. 

  • Tuition fees (2015–2016):
    • Home/EU: Full-time — £9,500
    • Overseas: Full-time — £29,100
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