CariologicalDuration: 1 year full-time (MSc); 4 months full-time (PG Cert)
Start date: October 2017
Location: Royal Brompton
ECTS: 90 credits (MSc); 30 credits (PG Cert)

This course is new for 2017 entry; applications will open in autumn 2016.

This MSc course provides unique exposure to the science and cutting edge research underpinning state-of-the-art practice in adult cardiology.

About the MSc


Our MSc degree in Innovations in Cardiological Science prepares students with introductory training across four distinctive streams:

  • Innovations in Heart Failure
  • Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease
  • Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice

Once you have developed a broad foundation of knowledge across cardiological science, you will select an advanced module from one of the four introductory areas.

You will then complete an original specialist research project across six months, which can be laboratory, clinical or library based. Once your project is complete you will write a substantial report and give an oral presentation, describing the context, hypothesis tested, methods used, results obtained and conclusions drawn.

This course will be delivered by academic clinicians, clinicians and researchers at the leading edge of clinical cardiology, all of whom are undertaking day-to-day management and research into these areas of cardiology, developing new treatments and leading clinical trials.

This programme offers students the unique opportunity to study in conjunction with a world renowned specialist cardiology hospital  The Royal Brompton Hospital – and alongside some of its principal specialists who lead the modules in this course.

The combination of the Royal Brompton's principal specialists with the excellent research reputation of the National Heart and Lung Institute will give you the best opportunity to advance your medical career and network with leading medical and scientific professionals in cardiology.

Find out more about the course.

PG Cert

You can choose whether you apply to complete an MSc or PG Cert, with the option for PG Cert students to continue onto the MSc programme.

The PG Cert is made up of the four introductory modules listed above, whereas MSc students go on to complete one additional advanced module from those four areas, and a research project in a relevant area.


Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

The PG Cert comprises of the core modules from the Master's degree below. You have the choice of applying to either the PG Cert or MSc in the first instance. Upon successful completion of the PG Cert, you can continue onto the MSc course, where you develop a specialism and complete a research project.

Master's degree (MSc)

The Master's degree in Innovations in Cardiological Science is made up of three elements. You begin with the core modules which introduce you to four major themes in cardiological science.

You then select a specialism by choosing an advanced module from one of the four major themes, and go on to complete an original research project in a relevant area.

Core modules (30%)
  • Innovations in Heart Failure
    You are introduced to the scientific and clinical basis for the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of heart failure.
  • Innovations in Coronary Artery Disease
    This module focuses on introducing you to the scientific principles of interventional cardiology that underpin the management of patients with coronary heart disease.
  • Innovations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)
    You will take an in-depth look at how how to undertake specialist investigation of the underlying cause/causes of ACHD and provide specialist treatment of ACHD, including pharmacotherapy, surgical and device therapies using up-to-date evidence and guidelines.
  • Innovations in Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice
    You will receive a thorough grounding in the science of cardiac electrophysiology and learn how to apply core principles to the management of heart rhythm.
Advanced module (25%)

You choose one advanced module from below:

  • Advanced Studies in Innovations in Heart Failure
  • Advanced Studies in Coronary Artery Disease Module
  • Advanced Studies of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Advanced Studies of Electrophysiology: Theory and Practice
Research project (45%)

You complete an original research project on a topic from your chosen specialist stream, and go on to produce a substantial report on your findings.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Normally a UK bachelor’s degree in medicine or equivalent.

Additionally, there is normally a requirement of at least two years postgraduate work experience in a clinical setting.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £6,100
  • Master's: £12,200

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £15,300
  • Master's: £30,600

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.