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Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Code
PGB122
Start
October 2018
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£7,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Alechia Van Wyk

Please note that this course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry.

Combine advanced theoretical study with practical training, developing the holistic skills required to further your career in cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiac rehabilitation.

Why study MSc/PGCert/PGDip Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing at Middlesex University?

Designed primarily for existing healthcare practitioners, this degree covers non-invasive methods in cardiopulmonary exercise testing to accurately assess the performance of the heart and lungs of patients at rest and during exercise.

A distinctive and integral feature of the MSc is the focus on both in-depth practical experience and comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge. Students will study key concepts in leadership and management, as well as legal and ethical issues related to biomedical research and clinical practice. You will also gain a solid grounding in research methodologies required for biomedical research.

Our industry-experienced tutors place an emphasis on work-based experience and candidates are normally required to work in a cardiology non-invasive department.

Run by experienced practitioners, our specialist laboratory houses a wide range of diagnostic equipment, which you can access not only during classes, but also for independent study and research.

Course highlights

  • Throughout your studies you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art laboratories, including a clinical skills laboratory, all fitted out with professional standard equipment
  • Work-based experience can contribute towards the award
  • Access to specialist journals
  • Industry-experienced tutors that are hands-on and supportive — all our teaching staff are involved in research and many are pioneers in their own field
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc/PGCert/PGDip Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing?

This course covers both theory and practice of cardiopulmonary exercise testing and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, you will study key concepts in leadership and management as well as legal and ethical issues related to biomedical research and clinical practice.

What will you gain?

As part of the course, you will gain a solid grounding in experimental design and statistics and an opportunity to undertake an independent research project under guidance and supervision of an academic.

  • Modules

    • Advanced Signal Processing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with a specialised body of current knowledge in the field of signal process methods used in clinical physiology, exploring concepts of signal processing for diagnosis and monitoring. Gaining confidence in the interpretation of diagnostic information, students will become familiar with specialised and advanced techniques and technologies. The module leads students towards a greater understanding of new methods for analysis of physiological signals.

    • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The purpose of this module is to provide insight into a range of ethical and legal issues that relate to professional practice, research with human and animal subjects and to human reproduction — particularly various forms of reproductive technology. It will equip students with a broad overview of the relevant current UK ethical and legal regulations for research using human tissues. The ethical issues present in the rapidly developing area of genetic technology, including genetic testing and selection, genetic engineering, and the concept of genetic disease, will also be explored.By applying theoretical considerations to practice, the module will then explore ways in which, ethical and legal issues can be critically analysed and addressed.

    • Cardiac Rehabilitation (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to safely contribute to the treatment, exercise prescription and rehabilitation of patients with peripheral muscle dysfunction, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or cardiac thoracic surgery.

    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is concerned with the knowledge and understanding required to safely contribute to the exercise testing and interpretation of patients with heart diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases, peripheral arterial diseases, ventilatory disorders, muscle disorders.

    • Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips students with the knowledge and understanding required to safely contribute to the exercise testing and interpretation of patients with heart diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases, peripheral arterial diseases, ventilatory disorders and muscle disorders.

    • Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      Students are provided with the knowledge and understanding required to safely contribute to the role pharmacology plays in cardiopulmonary exercise testing of patients with heart diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases, peripheral arterial diseases, ventilatory disorders, or muscle disorders.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip students with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.

    • Laboratory Leadership and Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of, and the tools to apply current theories and approaches to leadership and management in order to enable them to effect positive change in a team or organisation that they lead or manage.

    • Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop skills in the planning and execution of an analytical study and in the critical evaluation of real research results, drawing on knowledge acquired from other modules. In addition, the module will develop student’s communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings both in written and oral form.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing taught?

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to build up your skills and knowledge – mainly through lectures, seminars and laboratory and practical sessions.

You will take part in case study-based discussions, practical sessions, and in-class activities. You will supplement all this with your own guided and independent reading. The mix of delivery modes will be varied and suitable to the content being delivered.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MSc/PGCert/PGDip Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing support your career?

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a range of roles including specialised cardiac physiologist, healthcare practitioners, or within other healthcare professional services in the NHS or aboard. If you are currently working in the field of cardiopulmonary exercise testing, you will be well placed to advance your career.

You might also wish to explore your options in a research or academic career, or even complete further study at doctoral level.

Aléchia van Wyk
Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Physiology

Aléchia is a highly experienced and dedicated Clinical Physiologist with post graduate qualifications and over 10 years’ technical development in areas such as cardiac and neuroscience diagnostics. She boasts an enviable knowledge in medical diagnostics, clinical trials, and sports and injury rehabilitation. Aléchia joined Middlesex University in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Physiology.

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