PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate) Clinical Perfusion Science

  • PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)


This blended learning 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:

  • Academic and research skills training, including study design and data analysis.
  • Advanced physiology of blood and organs that are affected by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and thereby relevant to perfusion science.
  • 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 clinical practical training, this will provide you with the essential skills for employment or further qualifications in this field.

Programme structure

The PG Certificate in Clinical Perfusion Science consists of three taught units and work-based clinical practice and assessment.

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

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 four intensive study weeks in Bristol. Self-directed learning and assessments are undertaken remotely in allocated distance learning weeks.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in a science, medicine or clinical-related subject. 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.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant, relevant work experience;
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification.

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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

Go to admissions statement

If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level E.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time (one year)
£4,360 per year
Overseas: part-time (one year)
£10,560 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Bench fees

£1,080. Further information about bench fees can be found on our webpages. Confirmation of bench fees will be stated in the offer letter sent to applicants.

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 2024/25

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

Career prospects

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