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Imperial College London nursing

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MSc Cardiorespiratory Nursing


Welcome to Imperial College and to the National Heart and Lung Institute. You are joining this programme at an exciting time within the nursing profession. The role and contribution of the health care professionals is adapting to the changing health care needs associated with the current increase in life expectancy and with this an increase in chronic disease. The purpose of the programme is to allow you the opportunity to explore these changes, and to develop skills in clinical practice, research and leadership.

These will enable you to contribute to the changing nature of the modern healthcare service. This course seeks to reflect contemporary change to ensure that you are able to both understand and contribute to the direction of healthcare. The role of nurses working autonomously in both primary and acute care has rapidly expanded over the last ten years. It is intended that this course will provide an understanding of such roles for students pursuing this clinical and academic pathway.

Imperial College London nursing


Programme structure

  • The course consists of 3 terms of teaching and a compulsory dissertation.

Please see modules for further information on the programme structure and content.

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for admission is normally a Lower Second Class Honours degree in a healthcare subject from a UK academic institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. A special case may be submitted to the Graduate School’s Master’s Quality Committees, where an applicant has a lesser degree qualification or a diploma but has three years experience working post qualifying in a specialist cardio-respiratory field

Is this programme for you?

  • This part-time programme is designed to provide up to date knowledge and identify the evidence upon which to base both current and future practice.
  • The programme is designed to provide an academically challenging and innovative approach to cardio-respiratory nursing by placing research and dissemination squarely alongside familiar management, practical and teaching roles at senior clinical level.
  • Throughout the programme, a work-related dissertation should be prepared for submission in September of the final year.
  • Imperial College works closely with employers and industry, including Industrial Advisory Panels to design Masters courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills. This programme was developed with employer needs in mind. It was guided by NHS employers in London, a representative from the British Association of Nursing in Cardiovascular Care and the British Heart Foundation.
  • The programme offers students an opportunity to carry out research projects in healthcare organisations.

Learning objectives

At the end of the programme students will:

  • have a thorough preparation for professional clinical leadership and innovation.
  • have acquired the skills to act as a role model in advancing cardio-respiratory nursing through academic skills directly at practice level.
  • have acquired the intellectual tools to collect, analyse and interpret information at a high level.
  • have acquired and practised research and dissemination skills, as well as practical patient-based skills pertinent to cardio-respiratory nursing.
  • understand the importance of an evidence-based approach to the delivery of care within the multidisciplinary team
  • be well qualified to undertake PhD  studies
  • gained the skills to lead the clinical nursing agenda within the speciality in subsequent years.

Key benefits

The programme is designed to provide an academically challenging and innovative approach to cardio-respiratory nursing. It will provide the skills and background necessary to follow a senior clinical career in cardiac and/or respiratory nursing and a sound basis for PhD study.

Learning outcomes

The main objective is to be well qualified to undertake PhD studies.