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Course summary

Heart failure is a growing epidemic and a rapidly evolving subspecialty within cardiology. Our new Heart Failure MSc is a structured international teaching programme and the first of its kind. The population of patients with heart failure is growing, and heart failure is now the leading cause of hospitalisation among adults over 65. An impressive advancement in the development of drugs and devices that prolong life expectancy in patients with heart failure has resulted in a significant demand for physicians with expertise in this important area. While current awareness of heart failure among physicians is good, there remains a pressing need for experts to safely and effectively manage patients with this condition. Heart Failure MSc will provide you with a unique set of skills and knowledge to manage the increasingly complex patients with heart failure, developing you into a heart failure specialist. We are very grateful for the unrestricted grant provided by our pharmaceutical partners AstraZeneca and Vifor Pharma to fund scholarships on this programme.


The MSc consists of ten compulsory modules (12 credits each) and a research project with a thesis (60 credits). The course is designed to offer flexibility in order to accommodate the needs of professionals who have a requirement to complete their studies around their existing work commitments on a part-time basis. To allow greater flexibility a technology-rich model is used to deliver a significant proportion of learning materials online and provide resources to facilitate self-directed learning and reflective practice. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used in the delivery of this programme. Each module will have an online component which the student will work through at their own pace with gated assessments to allow progression and acquire a solid foundation in the subject matter. Additional reading material will be provided to encourage students to participate in self-directed study and wider reading to develop insight into their own learning styles and become responsible for their professional development. Assimilation of this knowledge will be underpinned by twice-monthly webinars and face to face sessions. Face to face sessions will occur four times each year at St George’s, University of London to allow for balance with clinical work and will be delivered in small groups to allow more hands-on tasks to support the academic learning experience. The practical sessions allow students to benefit from direct contact with lecturers and other learners. These will be blended with 1-2 tutorials each day to consolidate the acquired knowledge. If required, these sessions can be delivered online via MS Teams. The combination of strategies aims to enable our students to develop an investigative, independent and individualised approach to learning so that they can go on to undertake an extended research project with the intention of at least one publication. Core modules Epidemiology and Aetiology of Heart failure (12 credits) Diagnosis of Heart Failure (12 credits) Therapy and Management of Heart Failure (12 credits) Co-morbidities in Heart Failure (12 credits) Management of Arrhythmias and Device Therapies in Heart Failure (12 credits) Advanced Imaging in Heart Failure (12 credits) Advanced Heart Failure and Advanced Therapy in Heart Failure (12 credits) Multi-disciplinary team management and end-stage heart failure (12 credits) Acute Heart Failure (12 credits) Cardiac Rehabilitation (12 credits) Research project (60 credits)

How to apply

International applicants

You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparing for your studies, enrolment, support during your studies, and English language requirements.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an MBBS (Medical Bachelor & Bachelor in Surgery) or equivalent for applicants outside the UK. Physicians are required to have two years of postgraduate clinical experience in cardiology and a documented familiarity with heart failure. You may be asked to present evidence of competency that might include certification or a letter from your supervisor.

English language requirements

Please find extensive information about our English language requirements on our website.

English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7750 Year 1
Scotland £7750 Year 1
Wales £7750 Year 1
Channel Islands £7750 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7750 Year 1
EU £12750 Year 1
International £12750 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Information on our PG Scholarships can be found on our website:

Heart Failure at St George's, University of London - UCAS