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.

Clinical Critical Care Dissertation MED5563P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Students will produce a dissertation on a topic of their choosing relevant to the field of clinical Critical Care. The students are expected to critically apply state-of-the-art knowledge and evidence from published literature. The students will be supervised by a named dissertation tutor and are also expected to produce a presentation to summarise their work.


Students will have online live meetings supervisors as and when required by mutual agreement and be in contact regularly by email.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1: A 7000 word dissertation (90%)

2. A presentation (10%) 

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop the students' ability to critically apply state-of-the-art knowledge of aspects of Critical Care. The standard of the written work produced at the end this course is expected 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:

1. Demonstrate skills and an in depth understanding of scholarly academic writing.

2. Perform a high quality literature search.

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


4. Produce a well-structured, scholarly and clearly written dissertation or research project report.

5. Present scientific arguments and opinion eloquently.

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.