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Preventive Cardiology

Your Course
This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to make meaningful contributions to the discipline of preventive cardiology. 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate life science, biological science, medicine or nursing. 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.


12 months (Masters), 9 months (PDip).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The course is undergoing formal accreditation for CME/CPD purposes. Graduates of the course will be positioned as leaders in cardiovascular disease prevention and will find ample opportunities to apply their learning in primary care centres, hospital wards and outpatient clinics. There will also be employment opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry and in public health, healthcare management, academic and research settings. Clinician graduates will benefit from career advancement within their chosen disciplines. Master's 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.

Further enquiries

Dr Gerard Flaherty
T: +353 91 495 469

Subjects taught

The modules (including elective modules) are: Fundamentals of Preventive Cardiology; Research Methods; Reflective Clinical Practice; Research Project and Dissertation (MSc only); Cardiovascular Risk, Guidelines and Policy; Medical Risk Factor Management; Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification.


1. Collaboration with Croí: Students have the opportunity to actively engage with patients at the Croí Heart and Stroke Centre in Galway.

2. Flexible learning: The course has online learning, self-directed learning dimensions and residential elements that enable students to adapt their learning to their professional lives.

3. Variety of esteemed teachers, including those from a variety of clinical departments at Galway University Hospitals, Croí and the International Centre for Circulatory Health (Imperial College London).

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