Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Obstetric Anaesthesia MED5554

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will cover the topic of obstetric anaesthesia by evaluating the published literature. The course will explore the evidence behind the techniques and medications used to provide optimum analgesia and anaesthesia in the peripartum stage including the management of critically ill mothers.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled over 6 weeks including recorded lectures, online live tutorials, webinars, and case-based discussions.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Written assignment approx. 1000 words (70%)


2. Oral presentation (30%) 

Course Aims

This course will cover the topic of obstetric anaesthesia by exploring the published literature. The course will focus on the techniques and medications to provide optimum analgesia and anaesthesia in the peripartum period including the care of critically ill mothers. In addition the course will encourage students to apply formulate plans to implement the knowledge gained to their own clinical practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Formulate obstetric anaesthesia patient management plans which optimise obstetric and neonatal outcomes evaluating the impact of maternal comorbidity.

■ Critically analyse and compare the published evidence around the various methods of providing anaesthesia and analgesia to obstetric patients including critically ill mothers

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.