Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

This flexible Master's course commenced in 2003 and has grown significantly, now accepting approximately 20 full-time and part-time students per year, including international students. The course is highly flexible, allowing students to study part time or full time to suit personal and work commitments. This is achieved through modules being delivered over three days followed by eight weeks of campus or home-based learning.

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Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 1 Year full time or 2-4 Years part time (MSc/Postgraduate Diploma), 1-2 Years part-time (Postgraduate Certificate)
Start date September 2016

Why study Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation at Chester?

  • Designed for: healthcare practitioners pursuing postgraduate professional development; or for the newly qualified graduate wishing to gain skills, knowledge and experience towards securing employment in this expanding field of healthcare
  • Range of masters level modules, considering a bio-psycho-social approach that cover the BACPR standards and core components for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation
  • Practice-based experience opportunities with the Countess of Chester Hospital and the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  • Programme delivered by a team of experienced specialists in rehabilitation, medicine, surgery, and lifestyle and health behaviour; includes specialist tutors and speakers from around the UK, who have an international reputation
  • Learning and research projects can be applied to related developments in one's own workplace

Applications are invited from:

  • health professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, sport and exercise scientists, exercise specialists, occupational therapists, health visitors, dietitians, health promoters, etc.)
  • those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. exercise, nutrition, health, biomedicine, physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, etc.) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience, who wish to work in this field.



  • Taught modules are delivered as three-to-four-day-focused courses to facilitate attendance for full-time and part-time students needing flexibility within their busy personal and working lives
  • Choose from a range of modules including those from other postgraduate programmes MSc Weight Management and MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science
  • Attracts students from a wide age range and diverse array of backgrounds; thus providing shared learning opportunities and networking with qualfied practitioners from around the UK and the world
  • Adds value to skills and knowledge for career advancement or securing new employment
  • Learning through lectures, group seminars, laboratory workshops, practical sessions and tutorials.
  • There are no formal examinations.


Scholarships and Bursaries for this course can be found here


Apply Online

You can apply online for the MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation programme.


Fees* 2016-17

UK and EU fees:

  • Module - £700
  • Postgraduate Certificate - £2,100
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £4,200
  • MSc - £6,300

International & Non-EU:

  • Module - £1,300
  • MSc - £11,700

* The information on fees is intended as a guide only.

* Fees can be paid in full or in monthly payments.

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Taught Modular Course

  • Each taught module involves attendance at a 20-hour, three to four-day intensive course (e.g. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.15am to 5.00pm) followed by a period of campus or home-based learning and the submission of a 4,000-word written assignment, or its equivalent
  • Taught modules are scheduled monthly
  • Following completion of six taught modules, students commence the research project.

Students select six from the following modules:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases, Risk Factors, Investigations and Treatments (core module)
  • Cardiovascular Anatomy and Exercise Physiology (core module)
  • Clinical Exercise, Testing, Prescription and Programming
  • Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Programming in the Managament of Cardiovascular Disease (delivered in collaboration with the BACPR; includes BACPR certificates of attendance, books, resources and DVD)
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (core module for MSc students)

Exit Awards

Postgraduate Certificate - successful completion of three taught modules
Postgraduate Diploma - successful completion of six taught modules

Timetable and Study Pattern

Taught modules are scheduled monthly.

One-year, full-time MSc students normally undertake one taught module per month, thereby completing the taught modules between September and April (eight months), and undertake the Research Project from May to September (four months).
However, students who wish to work at a slower pace may take up to four years to complete the MSc course.

Flexibility of Study

The course is highly flexible, and students may study modules at their own pace to fit in with work or other commitments. The programme is designed to attract students nationally and internationally since each taught module is studied over three days of attendance in Chester, followed by eight weeks of campus or home-based learning.

Standalone Modules

Taught modules may also be attended as:

  • standalone modules (carrying 20 Level 7 credits), or
  • attendance only without assessment, supporting letter/certificate provided for CPD.

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment or its equivalent - e.g. poster presentation. There are no formal examinations.

Research Project

Following the completion of six taught modules, MSc students are required to undertake a programme of personal research.

Projects may be laboratory-based at the University, or work-based, and students are under the direction of an individually allocated supervisor.

The course was designed: (i) to provide postgraduate education and training opportunities for health professionals; and (ii) to provide opportunities for those aspiring to work in this high profile field.

Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly, below is just a sample of the positions our graduates have been successful in gaining:

  • Cardiovascular health and rehabilitation specialist
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Health promotion
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Chronic disease management


Our MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation students say...

Student Profile - Hazel Crasto

My experience of studying at the University of Chester on the MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation has been a wonderful journey. I found the course content to be extensive; encompassing all the essentials necessary for delivering and working on a cardiac rehabilitation programme. Though the style of learning, namely writing assignments using critical appraisal and current evidence, was new and challenging at first, with guidance from staff and hard work of course, I found it intellectually enriching.

Being an International student, the student support team were very good in offering all the help and guidance I needed when I first came over. I especially enjoyed living in beautiful and student-friendly Chester.

Today working as a part of an expanding Cardiac Rehabilitation service in the NHS, it is fantastic to be able to apply my learning to my work. Be it exercise testing and prescription, or statistics and research, or cardiac psychology – all modules have proved very useful so far. Understanding how cardiac rehab was established and continues to be delivered in the UK is quite fascinating as well.The most satisfying aspect for me though is my patients’ appreciation for the work we do. In the future, wherever my career may progress, I am sure my learning and experience so far will stand me in good stead.

The course is open to candidates with a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject area, or equivalent professional qualifications. Consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.

Applications are invited from professions such as:

  • Cardiac Rehab specialists
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Dietetics
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Food Industry
  • Health Promotion
  • Leisure Industry
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance, military)
  • Sport
  • Coaching
  • Physical Education


Apply Online

You can apply online for the Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation course.