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Critical Care, Leadership and Management dissertation MED5561P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will be supervised and guided to produce a high quality dissertation on a Critical Care topic of their choosing. The dissertation will be approximately 7000 words long and may take the form of a: qualitative study, quantitative study, secondary data analysis, case study, evaluation or audit, or a near systematic review. The dissertation must also include an element of reflection on management practices in healthcare.


Students will work independently but the students will have an allocated dissertation supervisor who they are expected to meet with regularly for one to one updates and advice.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The summative assessment will be in the form of:

1: A 7000 word dissertation on any topic related to Critical Care practice with a management element (90%)

2. An online oral presentation of your dissertation (10%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop the students' ability to critically apply state-of-the-art knowledge and understanding of aspects of Critical Care and Management. The standard of the written work produced at the end this course is expected to be of a quality that could be published in a peer reviewed journal.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Synthesise and critically evaluate the evidence base in relation to a topic in critical care

■ Demonstrate ability to produce academic work independently

■ Communicate effectively with your peers and supervisors using appropriate methods

■ Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of knowledge in the practice of critical care

■ Reflect on an element of management relevant to Critical Care Practice

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.