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Sports Cardiology MSc

St George's, University of London
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Sports Cardiology MSc

The only programme of its kind in the UK and Europe, our MSc is taught by world-leading experts from the Centre for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions and Sports Cardiology at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust – one of the UK’s top multidisciplinary clinics dedicated to sudden cardiac death prevention and one of few centres globally specialising in sports cardiology.

Our course directors are the leading sports cardiologists in the UK and consultants to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), English Institute of Sport, English and Wales Cricket Board and the Rugby Football Union. Professor Sanjay Sharma is also the Medical Director for the London Marathon and consultant to the football association and the British Lawn Tennis Association. Dr Michael Papadakis is the past-chair of the European section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise of the European Association of Preventative Cardiology (EAPC) and takes up presidency of the EAPC from 2022.

As well as their unrivalled expertise and cutting-edge research, you’ll benefit from the team’s global connections. This brings opportunities to hear direct from international experts, evaluate several hundred patients with heart disease, and screen young people and top-level athletes, which has previously included footballers from Premier League teams such as Chelsea and Tottenham, the England rugby squad and the British Olympic squad.

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria
  • write a personal statement
  • provide two suitable references.

Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a life science subject.  For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st  August on the year of entry for September start.

It is highly desirable for applicants to have practical experience in a healthcare role.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core modules

  • Cardiovascular anatomy and physiology
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Theory of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes
  • Practice of cardiovascular evaluation of athletes
  • Theory of cardiovascular screening
  • Practice of cardiovascular screening
  • Research methods – Option if you hold another postgraduate degree (MSc, PhD)
  • Research project/Thesis

Optional modules

  • Advanced Management and Genomics of Inherited Cardiac Conditions
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Applied Genomics
  • Counselling Skills in Genomics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods such as lectures, course-specific seminars and small group sessions. You will also participate in self-directed study and wider reading, as well as individual and group practical sessions.

This program is available part time.


UK students

  • Full-time MSc: £13,750
  • Part-time MSc: £7,250 per annum

International and EU students

  • Full-time MSc: £22,000
  • Part-time MSc: £11,500 per annum

Career paths

Help meet the ever-growing need for cardiologists with an in-depth knowledge of sports cardiology in areas such as: the drive for a healthier lifestyle; the growing population of amateur athletes, with 2.5 million marathon runs per year in Europe alone; and the commitment of sporting organisations to pre-participation screening.

Currently, Physicians with no formal training in sports cardiology perform the majority of athlete evaluations. Given the complexities of the field, individuals with limited knowledge and experience are likely to resort to numerous, costly, and often redundant investigations, which has huge implications for health services around the world. Such practice has the potential for causing delays in the athlete’s clearance for competition and false disqualification.

MSc Sports Cardiology aims to address the lack of structured training in the field and enhance the qualifications of physicians, physiologists, physiotherapists and sports scientists who are committed to training in cardiology, sports medicine or exercise physiology by providing them with a unique degree and highly sought-after set of skills.

A formal MSc degree in Sports Cardiology will set you apart from the competition and provide you with unique employment opportunities within national health systems, sporting organisations, and charitable organisations dedicated to sport and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

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St George's, University of London

At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medicine, health and science, from the exploration of global...

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Why study at St George's, University of London

At St George’s, University of London, we’ve been improving health for over 250 years. As the UK’s specialist health university, we offer a wide array of medicine, science and allied health courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to provide you with the skills and experience you need to take your next step.

St George’s excellence has been recognised by The Complete University Guide 2022, where we are ranked within the top five universities in the UK for graduate prospects. We prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to develop into well-rounded individuals equipped for the lifelong careers.

Our close links with local healthcare trusts, in particular St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with which we share a campus, put us in a unique position to give our students a real taste of what their future working lives hold. St George’s is tackling today’s challenges head-on, such as the work our researchers, staff and students are currently undertaking to combat Covid-19. By studying with us, you will join a community that is making a difference.

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St George's, University of London

Cranmer Terrace
SW17 0RE London
United Kingdom

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