Taught course

Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills, or be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme.

Applicants must also be working in a clinical area that is relevant to the programme they are undertaking for the full duration of their studies.

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time course in Clinical Leadership and Leading Change in Cardiology is an interprofessional e-learning programme for healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with cardiac conditions. This programme provides education in cardiology leadership by combining modules on leadership and leading change, quality improvement, health care organisation and management and relevant clinical knowledge. It aims to support clinicians and healthcare professionals to deliver novel, transformational approaches to improve the quality of care for people living with cardiac conditions from theoretical and patient-based care to population-based care. It will enable health teams to create system wide change with vast improvements in outcomes. The content comprises a focus on hypertension, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. It provides an educational experience that fulfils the needs of the NHS in supporting the development of outstanding care for the future within the field of cardiology, allowing responsive transformational changes to be made and evaluated, and promoting continued improvement.

The programme facilitates a process in which students can understand where current gaps lie in the care that is delivered from a systems perspective in an integrated way, and they are supported in reaching the correct diagnosis and management, addressing unmet clinical needs. In the taught stages students will complete high quality level 7 assessments based on evidence based practice, which is directly relevant to their clinical practice, and will be encouraged and supported to gain knowledge around clinical evaluation and research and undertake a local quality improvement activity.

The PgDip programme takes two years to complete, although students can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after one year, providing they have fulfilled all the criteria for those awards. The MSc takes three years.

The aim of the programme is to

  • Develop critical thinkers who are able to synthesise evidence to reflect laterally and innovatively about how to prevent cardiovascular disease and also how to assess and diagnose to provide early interventions reducing co-morbidity in the field of cardiology.
  • Conceptualise those living with long-term conditions as individuals requiring differing approaches to care which may focus on symptom management rather than cure and use robust evidence to support self-management and social prescribing among other more long-term condition management interventions.
  • Furnish clinicians with advanced skills in leadership and organisational health care management so that they can analyse the organisations within which they work, can evaluate steps required to change cultures, respond to the needs of stakeholders and effect clinically meaningful changes that can be evaluated.
  • Develop practitioners with life-long, adult learning principles to transform health care responding to the needs of people living with or likely to develop cardiovascular conditions and their families, providing role models for their peers.

Qualification and course duration


24 months


12 months


36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions