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Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) BSc Honours

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Code
B100
Start
October 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Lesley Davies

Pioneering research is vital to detecting and preventing heart disease, the number one cause of premature death in the western world. Our specialist degree produces confident medical researchers who are able to assess, diagnose and treat life-threatening heart conditions.

Why study BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) at Middlesex University?

This degree will give you knowledge of cardiac physiology and the many forms of patient testing and treatments. We are focused on improving healthcare for future generations through leading on pioneering research that saves lives and we will encourage you to become an independent learner by leading on your own research projects in an area of specialist interest. Throughout your studies you will develop your skills in state-of-the-art laboratories with professional standard equipment.

Please note, this programme will not lead to a qualification as a Healthcare Scientist (Cardiac Physiologist/Neurophysiologist)

For further information, please visit the NHS Careers and the National School for Healthcare Science websites.

Course highlights

  • Our fully equipped science centre includes ECG machines, EMG (nerve and muscle testing), EEG, audiology (brain-stem potentials) and stress and fitness testing equipment
  • We are making research breakthroughs that impact on how heart disease diagnostics are implemented and we encourage our students to enhance their reports with this research
  • Our supportive tutors will guide you towards research tailored to your interests
  • We ensure you receive a first-class learning experience with high levels of tutor support, including lab help by specialist technicians
  • You can tailor your learning towards your career aspirations through our unique independent learning module in the final year where independent study is supported by our expert staff
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science)?

Your studies are set in the context of the huge increase of heart disease in the western world, making research in this area more crucial than ever. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of cardiovascular disease and how it is assessed, diagnosed and treated. For example, you will explore the use of ECGs and exercise stress testing, where patients exercise attached to an ECG monitor and results indicate abnormalities in heart function.

Through applying scientific methods and studying approaches to research you will learn the importance of scientific research to evidence based practice. We offer a unique opportunity to tailor your learning towards your career aspirations through an independent learning module in the final year, which is supported by our expert academic, clinical, research and technical staff.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Healthcare Science 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces 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 the 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

      The module provides you with basic the theory and practice of cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep sciences. The module will cover cardiac physiology, vascular science, respiratory and sleep physiology. On completion of the module, you will be able to outline the basic principles underpinning route physiological investigations and procedures carried out in the diagnosis and treatment of common cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, recognise and explain normal test results, and identify safe and effective clinical practice.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge, gain the skills and develop the attitude required for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner. It also provides an insight into the roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 2

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

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

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

      This module aims to provide you with the skills necessary to plan, implement, analyse and report project-based work, with the focus on preparation for the final year project module. The module also develops core research skills fundamental to a scientific research design, irrespective of discipline. Specific research skills include analytical techniques appropriate to individual programme requirements.

  • Year 3

    • 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 physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology related to this investigative procedure. This module will also 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.

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

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

    • Negotiated Learning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to study topics related to your target award and/or to gain relevant work experience to enhance your employability. You will explore and critically discuss your chosen topics or work placement and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within the university or work placement. The learning activities are negotiated and are related to the module outcomes.

    • 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 your 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.

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

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  3. Assessment and feedback
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How can the BSc Medical Physiology (Cardiovascular Science) support your career?

This degree is an excellent grounding for a variety of careers within research, academia and teaching (within a school, college or university); science communications (journalism or publishing); and scientific sales and marketing (particularly in diagnostic equipment).

You would also have the ideal foundation to undertake further study, which can lead to a career in the NHS as a clinical scientist, clinical physiologist, physiotherapist, nurse or medical doctor. Fast-track training programmes are available for many NHS professions.

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