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Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
B702
Start
October 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Lesley Davies

The role of the healthcare scientist sits at the forefront of the medical profession, making a vital difference to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. This course is for aspiring cardiac physiologists looking to gain an expert understanding of the heart and how it functions to provide treatment to patients with known or suspected heart disease.

Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) at Middlesex University?

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist. Cardiac physiologists carry out diagnostic, monitoring, analytical and interventional procedures for patients from new born babies to the elderly, with known or suspected heart disease. Procedures in cardiac science include: echocardiography - using ultrasound to image the heart to aid diagnosis; pacemaker implantation and follow up – taking measurements and programming pacemaker devices; and exercise stress testing - monitoring blood vessels supplying the heart; electrocardiograms (ECGs); and blood pressure measurement.

Our specialist degree will equip you with the expertise and confidence to execute specialist cardiac science procedures. Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standard of patient-centred care.

Course highlights

  • You will benefit from 50 weeks on placement within NHS cardiac physiology departments - our excellent relationships with local NHS Trusts ensure you have access to placements in some of London's most prestigious healthcare institutions
  • Our lecturers are experts in their field: active researchers and practitioners, they teach leading research from the frontline of clinical practice
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in our specialist science building and gain expert understanding of the latest scientific equipment
  • Our course is based on the latest Department of Health curriculum and has been accredited by Health Education England.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)?

This degree is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude and ethical values required to provide excellent patient-centred care, and to work safely and effectively in the National Health Service. You will learn to execute specialist procedures in cardiac science including: echocardiography (using ultrasound to image the heart to aid diagnosis), pacemaker implantation and follow up (measurements and programming pacemaker devices), and exercise stress testing (monitoring blood vessels supplying the heart). You will also learn to carryout electrocardiograms (ECGs) and blood pressure measurement.

What will you gain?

You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate research evidence in the context of current theory and practice and the confidence to solve clinical problems under pressure. You will also have the communication skills to provide an excellent standard of patient care

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Healthcare Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces you to the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide you with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Healthcare Science 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Introduction to Physiological Sciences 1 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to cardiology, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

    • Introduction to Physiological Sciences 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the basic theory and practice of cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, understand what roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help you develop your communication, study and teamworking skills.

  • Year 2

    • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of disease processes and common diseases associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It will explore the epidemiology, public health and psychosocial aspects of each disease.

    • Cardiovascular Science (45 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a firm grounding in interpretation of the abnormal ECG and its causative pathologies. Recording of the blood pressure through non-invasive measurement at rest and on the ambulant patient is discussed. The module also provides a detailed background for ambulatory monitoring of the ECG.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 3

    • Applied Cardiovascular Science Pacing and Cardiac Catherisation 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of a pacing and cardiac catherisation in adults and children. In addition, you will gain a deep appreciation physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to each investigative procedure or therapeutic intervention.

    • Applied Cardiovascular Science Provocative Electrocardiography 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of provocative electrocardiography. In addition, you will gain a deep appreciation of physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to this investigative procedure. This module will build on earlier work to develop the themes of public health and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, risk factors, risk assessment and primary prevention including behavioural change management.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous research modules and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to their target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with the consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, the module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

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

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
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  2. How to apply
  1. UK & EU

How can the BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology)  support your career?

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in cardiac physiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.

You can find more useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS Careers website.

Dr Neville Hall
Director of Programmes for Biomedical sciences

Dr Hall’s research interests include Skeletal muscle fatigue, control of breathing during exercise and dietary behaviour and eating attitudes of the physically active.

Dr Hall’s recent publications include ‘HALL NH (2002) Introduction to Nutrition and Metabolism’ and ‘British Journal of Nutrition (88): 582-583.

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