Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Anaesthesia & Leadership MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

This programme will not be running in 2020/2021

Anaesthesia is the field of health care that is concerned with the management of patients undergoing surgery. These patients require accurate pre-operative assessment, optimisation, precise management both intraoperatively and postoperatively. Entrants to this online programme will be expected to have some experience in managing this group of patients and a relevant qualification at bachelor level. The aim of this online course is to equip graduates with state-of-the-art knowledge in anaesthesia & leadership. Six core anaesthesia modules will be completed during the first year of this thee year MSc Programme. A PgCert in Leadership in Health & Social Care will be completed during the second year and a dissertation during the third year of study. Graduates will also develop academic and quality improvement skills that will enable them to introduce evidence-based interventions in their clinical setting and become clinical leaders within their own department.

  • MSc: 36 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • This is the only MSc Anaesthesia & Leadership programme in the UK.
  • The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Sunday Times 2019).
  • The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe providing complex tertiary care to the majority of Scotland.
  • This programme addresses a significant gap with regards to clinical anaesthesia and leadership education.
  • The programme aims to teach students core knowledge, fundamental academic research principles and leadership skills.
  • This MSc will provide anaesthesia practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to develop their own services and lead clinical change in  the operating theatre and anaesthesia environment.
  • This flexible online programme will allow anaesthesia practitioners to complete an MSc whilst in full-time employment in the anaesthesia and theatre environment worldwide.

Programme structure

Award of the MSc in Anaesthesia & Leadership will require 3 core components:

  • a first year comprised of six 10 credit anaesthesia courses
  • a second year to attain the 60 credit PgCert in Leadership in Health & Social Care
  • a third year to complete a 60 credit dissertation.

The first year courses are designed to introduce the students to core clinical subjects in anaesthesia and will be delivered using a variety of methods in an online virtual learning environment including; recorded lectures, online tutorials, webinars, interactive quizzes, online cases and discussion boards.

The second year PgCert in Leadership in Health & Social Care consists of three 20 credit courses designed to develop expertise in the field of clinical leadership.

In the third year, students will write a dissertation to demonstrate their ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the evidence base in relation to a topic in anaesthesia & leadership.

Exiting the programme after completion of the first year will lead to the award of a PgCert in Clinical Anaesthesia and exiting the programme prior to the dissertation will result in award of a PgDip in Clinical Anaesthesia & Leadership.

Core courses

Year 1

  • Research & scientific writing skills (10 points)
  • Preoperative assessment and optimisation (10 points)
  • Difficult airway (10 points)
  • Anaesthesia for the critically ill patient (10 points)
  • Regional anaesthesia (10 points)
  • Advanced post-operative practice (10 points)

 Year 2

  • PgCert Leadership in Health & Social Care (60 points)

Year 3

  • Dissertation (60 points)

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Prospective students will be expected to have experience in the field of anaesthesia and be currently/recently employed within anaesthesia practice. The clinical components of the degree, in combination with leadership skills attained during this programme, will make graduates very desirable candidates for promotion. 

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21


Home / EU / International: £12,500

Employees sponsored by NHS: £8,850


Home / EU / International: £8,333


Home / EU / International: £4,167

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
  • Registration/exam only fee: £160

Funding opportunities

Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission hosts both the Fulbright scholarship programme and the EducationUSA advising network for the UK. The Commission focuses on opportunities and exchanges between the USA and the UK, as part of a global programme. The Fulbright Awards are now open and there are several postgraduate or research project awards available. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is committed to growing the numbers of applications and participants in the UK Fulbright Postgraduate programme from under-represented groups and to continuing fair access to the programme and the Fulbright Opportunity Fund will be available for the first time in the 2020-21 application cycle.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

To apply, for this programme, you will require:

  • A relevant education qualification at Bachelor level
  • Relevant clinical experience

IELTS score as per University of Glasgow standard for candidates whose first language is not English

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your refereeā€™s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Applications will open soon for this programme.

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