M.Sc. Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention (M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip)

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 30th June annually
Tuition fee:
  • € 13,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 26,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Cardiac Rehabilitation is defined as the sum of activities required to influence favourably the underlying cause of the disease, as well as to ensure the patients the best possible physical mental and social conditions, so that they may, by their own efforts, preserve, or resume when lost, a place as normal as possible in the life of the community (WHO., 1993).

This course aims to provide health professionals with an understanding of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, enable health professionals to provide an effective Cardiac Rehabilitation service and to objectively evaluate their clinical practice through research.

The course builds on the former MSc in Cardiac Rehabilitation. There is a greater emphasis on prevention of cardiac disease and the importance of primary care is highlighted through various elements of the course. These modifications reflect the recent advancements in health policy and delivery.

The course may be undertaken on a full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) basis. Part time students will attend 3 days per month for the first year, a 4-week block of practical experience will be timetabled for the end of year 1 and a dissertation will be carried out in year 2. For full time students all elements of the course will be completed in year 1. A similar format for teaching & practical experience will apply.


Teaching will include lectures, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutorials. Practical experience in Cardiac Rehabilitation will also be provided. Specialist themes covered include:

* Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (10 ECTS)
* Exercise Prescription (10 ECTS)
* Clinical Exercise Prescription (5 ECTS)
* Research Methods and Statistics ( 10 ECTS)
* Cardiology (10 ECTS)
* Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation (10 ECTS)
* Health Policy and Management (5 ECTS)
* Research Dissertation (30 ECTS)

An individual research project on some novel aspect of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention shall be completed. Students shall be assigned a supervisor with whom the research topic must be agreed. The proposal must be accepted by the course committee prior to commencement. Ethical approval for research projects will be sought where necessary. The dissertation will involve regular meetings between the student and supervisor.


The course is intended for those currently working in or about to develop Cardiac Rehabilitation programmes either within Cardiology Departments or Primary Care units. As such, to be eligible for admission, applicants must fit one of the following descriptions.

* Chartered Physiotherapist or hold equivalent professional qualifications with relevant professional experience.
* Nurse eligible for registration with the Irish Board of Nursing with professional experience.
* Physician with relevant professional experience.

Applications from other health professionals with a university degree may also be considered.

English language requirements:

* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88

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