PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate) Perfusion Science

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)
Programme length One year part-time.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Students study by blended learning while working / training as Limited Registrant perfusionists in accredited hospitals in Great Britain or Ireland. In-person teaching is delivered in intensive study weeks in Bristol. Self-directed learning and assessments are undertaken remotely in allocated home study weeks.
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

The programme includes high-quality, research-led education that focuses on adult and paediatric perfusion principles and practice. This addresses both the academic and professional requirements to enable perfusionists to practice in Great Britain or Ireland.

The programme is specifically for Limited Registrant clinical perfusion scientists who have secured a post at an accredited cardiac centre in Great Britain or Ireland. Limited Registrants will usually have a primary perfusion qualification from overseas, and a minimum experience of 12 months post-qualifying experience, or be GB or Ireland accredited perfusionists who have not practised for 4 years or more.

It will equip you with enhanced knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the current approaches and emerging research in the field. It includes:

  • Advanced physiology of organs that are affected by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and thereby relevant to perfusion science.
  • Composition and function of blood and implications of transfusion and use of CPB on function.
  • Principles and practical aspects of the currently used techniques in adult and paediatric perfusion science.

The programme provides a firm theoretical grounding in the basic scientific principles and clinical applications of perfusion science. In conjunction with work-based practical training, this will provide you with the essential skills for employment or further qualifications in this field.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: part-time (one year)
Overseas: part-time (one year)

Additional fees

A bench fee of £1,000.

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

This programme is delivered in a blended-learning format, utilising both campus-based teaching and distance (online) learning. You will be required to attend Bristol for four one-week blocks during the year, for either lectures, tutorials and practical sessions or exams. All units are mandatory.

The programme is composed of the following taught units:

  • anatomy and physiology of organs affected by CPB,
  • adult CPB principles and practice,
  • paediatric perfusion and circulatory support.

This is in addition to the work-based training and assessment unit in your hospital
training centre.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and
unit content for our PG Certificate in Perfusion Science.

Entry requirements

Usually at least a lower second-class honours degree or equivalent in a science, medicine or clinical-related subject is required. However, non-standard applications will be considered taking into account previous academic qualifications and relevant professional experience.

This course is specifically for Limited Registrant clinical perfusionist scientists to enable them to obtain full accreditation status as a perfusionist in Great Britain or Ireland. Applicants must have secured a clinical perfusion scientist Limited Registrant post at an accredited centre in Great Britain or Ireland. Limited Registrants will usually have a primary perfusion qualification from overseas, and a minimum experience of 12 months post-qualifying experience, or be GB or Ireland accredited perfusionists who have not practised for 4 years or more.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Completion of this programme allows graduates to practice as clinical perfusion scientists in Great Britain or Ireland.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

Request more information

Find out more about studying with us or request a prospectus.

Get in touch

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

Dr Fiona Holmes Programme Co-Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 3423583 Email:

School website: Bristol Medical School
Department website: Bristol Heart Institute

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