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Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Postgraduate - Taught MSc PGDip PGCert

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Full time Part time
MSc 1 calendar year 2 calendar years
PGDip 1 year 2 years
PGCert 1 year 1 and a half years

About the course

This MSc has been developed in conjunction with the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation for healthcare professionals and people aspiring to work in the evolving field of cardiovascular rehabilitation.

You are supported by teaching staff who are active in research critical to our understanding of cardiovascular health. The programme is designed for people already working in the field, as well as students without a professional background.

Gain a grounding in the theory and practice of cardiovascular rehabilitation and apply this knowledge to real-life settings. We have strong links with the NHS and the City Healthcare Partnership. Heart patients come to the University twice a week and are involved in our research, which currently includes a study of the benefits of high-intensity training to heart health.

We are currently seeking accreditation to allow students to register for the BACPR exercise instructor training qualification This will permit them to work directly with cardiac patients undertaking structured exercise training programmes in the UK.

The programme is available at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and masters level. It is designed to allow flexible study, enabling professionals to continue working.

What you'll study

The course combines theory and practice to give students the knowledge and skills to work directly with patients undergoing cardiovascular rehabilitation in the community. Students will undertake a clinical placement and will also gain advanced academic skills and knowledge to undertake an extended research project.

The MSc is a 45 week programme of full-time study although different levels of award are available:

  • Postgraduate certificate: 3 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year (part-time)
  • Postgraduate diploma: 6 x 20 credit taught modules taken over an academic year
  • Masters degree: Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma stage allows progression to the masters stage which consists of a research project and dissertation written up as a journal article submitted, where possible, to a relevant peer-reviewed national/international academic journal

Part-time routes are also available for the postgraduate diploma and masters.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Research Methods and Statistics

  • Essentials of Exercise Rehabilitation

  • Clinical Exercise Testing, Prescription and Programming

  • Psychology of Health and Disease

    In this module, you will learn about various health-related behaviours (e.g., physical activity, alcohol drinking, smoking, etc.), several chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, coronary heart disease, etc.), and how to design theoretically driven behaviour change interventions to help individuals engage in a healthy lifestyle.

  • Cardiovascular Disease, Treatments and Investigations

  • Professional Practice and Clinical Placement

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

Mixed between Hull Campus and professional practice settings. 

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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‘‘The work we’re doing and the University’s strong industry links means we are actively helping to improve patient care."

Simon Nichol, PhD in Cardiac Rehabilitation (Exercise Physiology)

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,500
  • Home/EU (part-time): £835 (20 credits), £2,500 (60 credits), £3,750 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject (sport and exercise science, nursing, sports therapy, physiotherapy, public health or medicine). Once you start the programme, the school will administer an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on your behalf. A successful enhanced DBS check is required for you to be able to participate in a Clinical Placement, which forms a mandatory inherent part of the second semester.

You should only apply for this programme if you are confident that your enhanced DBS check will be satisfactory. If it is not, you will not be able to complete the programme.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Future prospects

This programme has been designed as a vocational qualification for professionals and graduates wanting to expand the life chances of people living with heart disease. Many people undertaking this programme of study may already work in the health service.

For these students, the course will strengthen your CV and enable further professional development as you become an expert in your field. People who do not already work in the sector may seek employment within the NHS, or with private healthcare providers, including BUPA and Nuffield Health, or as sports rehabilitators.