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PGCert Cardiac Device and Rhythm Management

Key facts

Start date January 2019

Duration/mode 12 months part time

UK/EU fees £3,500 (total)

International fees £9,000 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related healthcare or medicine field

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill


Cardiac rhythm and device specialists work across challenging and stimulating hospital and community environments, combining patient care with analytical problem solving.

Our Cardiac Device and Rhythm Management course develops you into a highly competent and advanced practitioner ready to make a real contribution to modern healthcare services.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals looking to make a difference working with patients with conduction disorders and implantable cardiac devices (including pacemakers, ICDs and heart failure devices).

The course offers:

  • Specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical knowledge, including specialist areas of cardiac devices, such as bradycardia and tachycardia devices;
  • An understanding of the evidence and research base of the discipline;
  • Access to device specialist MDT;
  • Research active cardiac physiologist teaching on the programme allowing up to date and research led teaching;
  • Access to research cardiologists specifically researching into cardiac devices.

This specialist course will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including:

  • Cardiac Physiologists
  • Hospital Doctors/ GPs
  • Cardiac Nurse Specialists
  • Physician Associates
  • Radiographers
  • Allied Health Professionals

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Course content

To gain the PG Cert qualification you will complete both 30 credit modules:

The Bradycardia Device and Rhythm Management module covers many aspects of cardiac bradycardia rhythm management with primary focus of bradycardia devices. This module is particularly relevant for practicing cardiac physiologists and allied health professionals who work within and are involved with cardiac pacemaker implantation and follow up.

Aspects include: anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to conduction system; pharmacology; pacemaker implantation and follow up; patient management.

The Tachycardia Device and Rhythm Management module covers many aspects of cardiac tachyarrhythmia management with the primary focus on pharmacology, cardiac devices and electrophysiology. This module is particularly relevant to practicing cardiac physiologists and allied health professionals who work within and are involved with patients with tachyarrhythmias.

Aspects include: Electrophysiology and haemodynamics; Electrophysiology studies; ICD Implant and follow up indications, contraindications, procedures, trouble shooting; DVLA regulations, MHRA, Ethics.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Cardiac Device and Rhythm Management PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

On completion of the course students should have provided evidence of being able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth specialist knowledge of techniques relevant to cardiac rhythm management and
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of concepts, information and techniques informed by knowledge across the forefront of cardiac rhythm management
  • exhibit competence in subject-specific intellectual abilities
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of techniques applicable to their own research, advanced scholarship or area of specific interest within the broader discipline
  • take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others
  • proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to evaluate these
  • evaluate current issues and research in cardiac rhythm management


We use a range of assessment methods to assess your knowledge and professional skills, including: written examination, oral examination and written essays.

You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to critically evaluate them.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements including English Language

  • GCSE English and Maths grade C or above or equivalent
  • Relevant undergraduate degree in a related field including BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) or equivalent e.g. HNC MPPM, professional body exams such as BHRS
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field 2:2 including nursing, radiography, or equivalent.

English requirements for candidates for whom English is not their first language:

  • GCSE English Language grade C or above
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with not less than 6.5 in every skill
  • TOEFL: 600 (paper based) with not less than 5.0 in “test of written English”
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 with minimum scores of 22 in listening, 24 in reading, 24 in speaking and 25 in writing

The candidate must show on application (personal statement) or during the selection process, the following:

  • Evidence of recent study (normally within the last 5 years)
  • Two satisfactory references (one academic)

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply


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If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

If you have any questions please email: lihs-admissions@leeds.ac.uk

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: £3,500 (total)
International fees: £9,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

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Career opportunities

Cardiac disease is a major problem of the Western world. In the UK the demand for cardiac specialists is greater than the number practising, ensuring a continued future for registered professionals.

The NHS employs the majority of cardiac specialists. Some cardiac specialists work in the private sector and in GP surgeries. Opportunities arise for cardiac specialists to work in industry as application specialists, supporting clients in using and troubleshooting equipment.

Cardiac specialists work largely autonomously, making clinical decisions and providing clinical reports. As well as conducting diagnostic assessments and providing treatment. Cardiac specialists roles can also include being a consultant, counsellor, advisor, educator, facilitator, researcher and therapist.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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