Postgraduate taught 

Clinical Critical Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Student giving presentation

The care of critically ill patients is a challenging and highly specialised area of health care practice. The polio pandemic in the 1950s led to the birth of the modern Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Another pandemic (Covid-19) has seen the term ‘ICU’ rise to prominence once again as the area in hospital where the most severely ill patients are cared for. Critical Care is a term that is repeated daily in the media. It is the specialty we practice and are passionate about, and the area of health care we are dedicated to teaching at the University of Glasgow.

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

Why this programme

  • Top 10 in the UK for MedicineRanked top amongst UK medical schools in the National Student Survey (2016) with 98% overall student satisfaction.
  • Work and assignments are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own unit, country or region.
  • Teaching will be delivered by experts in the fields of Critical Care via a state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Teaching sessions will include online interactive tutorials, practical demonstrations and peer discussion forums.
  • Study, in depth, a wide range of clinical and non-clinical topics pertinent to the practice of Critical Care.
  • Watch Dr Mo Al-Haddad, the programme director, explain more....

Why study online?

  • Flexible learning can be done at any time to fit in with other commitments. Speak to us about flexible learning options.
  • Most communication is via discussion boards or Microsoft Teams so you can reply at a time that suits you, fitting in with time zones and work commitments.
  • We record live sessions in case you can’t make it.
  • Your learning can be accessed on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone via the internet. Find out more about the remote resources available at Glasgow Anywhere.
  • We provide software to assist you, such as Office 365.
  • Your MVLS Digital Education Team provides support with technology issues by email or video chat.  
  • Flexible payment options are available. You don't have to pay everything upfront.
  • Be part of a global community of learners.
  • Connect with your fellow students and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources.
  • You do not need to have experience of studying online, you will be guided on how to access and use all of our online resources.
  • Access Library e-resources remotely at any time. This includes an extensive catalogue of e-books and journals, searchable from the Library homepage

Programme structure

This programme is delivered online. The MSc consists of 10 core courses plus a dissertation. There are two exit points, the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)*.

The PGDip consists of 10 courses only. The PGCert consists of a blend of clinical and non-clinical courses totalling 60 credits.

Learning is done exclusively via a state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with emphasis on the research and governance principles which underpin contemporary practice, as well as leadership and management skills.

The MSc/PGDip courses in Year 1 are designed to introduce the academic skills required to complete the course and apply evidence based practice. The students will also start the in depth exploration of core clinical subjects in Critical Care and begin to produce independent reports/essays for submission online.

In Year 2 students will further enhance their knowledge of core Critical Care subjects and be introduced to leadership & management principles as well as clinical governance and quality Improvement in Critical Care.

In Year 3, MSc students will write a dissertation around a topic of their choice allowing them to use the skills of academic enquiry learned.

There will be opportunities to discuss clinical cases, policies, management pathways, research and other aspects with world leaders in the field of Critical Care education and the opportunity to form professional ties with them.

Core courses

Clinical

Non-Clinical

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*PGCert: During this programme you will be required to choose a blend of clinical and non-clinical courses all of which must total 60 credits. Please see the courses above and be specific in your application which ones you would like to study.

  • 40-50 credits must come from clinical courses.
  • 10-20 credits must come from non-clinical courses.

Courses Taught in 2022/23:

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Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement MED5564 

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10 Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will cover the concept of severity scoring, predicted mortality, standardised mortality ratios and National bench-marking in Critical Care as well as the use of Morbidity and Mortality reviews for learning and education. The principles of quality improvement and clinical audit will also be discussed.

Timetable

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and work based learning will be scheduled throughout semester 1.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

  1. 1000 word report. (80%)
  2. Set exercise (20%)

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the broader non-clinical aspects of Critical Care. The students will gain insights into how quality of care is measured and benchmarked against other Critical Care units Nationally. Students will also be introduced the concept of reflective practice using structured Morbidity and Mortality reviews and how this process can be used for learning and improving standards. The students will gain an appreciation of the importance of ongoing audit and quality improvement in Critical Care.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

  1. Critically evaluate the performance of a unit (ICU or similar) in comparison to national and international standards.
  2. Apply management strategies in response to common problems and issues arising in critical care or related fields.
  3. Demonstrate how to implement change and improve quality of clinical care with particular reference to clinical audit

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.

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Acute Kidney Injury MED5562 

  • Academic Session: 2022-23 
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing 
  • Credits: 10 
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11) 
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes 
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No 
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes 

Short Description 

This course will cover the concept of severity scoring, predicted mortality, standardised mortality ratios and National bench-marking in Critical Care as well as the use of Morbidity and Mortality reviews for learning and education. The principles of quality improvement and clinical audit will also be discussed. 

Timetable 

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes/workshops will be scheduled throughout semester 1. 

Excluded Courses 

None 

Co-requisites 

None 

Assessment 

  1. Essay 1000 wordsapprox (80%) 
  2. Portfolio (20%): anePortfolio to include a minimum of 2 clinical cases with reflection. Reassessment will be available 

Course Aims 

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into acute kidney injury (AKI) by identifying relevant publications and incorporating these into their work. This will include physiology, pathophysiology of key conditions leading to AKI and diagnosis. In addition, the course will enhance confidence in the management of AKI in a Critical Care environment including the use of renal replacement therapy (RRT). 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course 

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

  1. Apply critical analysis of the evidence surrounding issues and conditions which are related to the causality of AKI
  2. Identify and critically appraise published literature in relation to diagnosis and management of AKI
  1. Be able to identify complex issues and make informed judgments in relation to the management of critically ill patients with AKI including RRT

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.

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Gastrointestinal Emergencies MED5565 

  • 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: Yes 
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No 
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes 

Short Description 

This course will examine the emergencies related to the gastrointestinal system including acute hepatic failure, acute severe pancreatitis, and abdominal surgical emergencies. The course will also explore the evidence underpinning best practice in diagnosing and managing patients with these conditions. 

Timetable 

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes/workshops and work based learning will be scheduled throughout semester 2. 

Excluded Courses 

None 

Co-requisites 

None 

Assessment 

  1. 1000 wordapprox written assignment (80%) 
  2. Portfolio (20%): this will take the form of aneportfolio. Students are required to upload a minimum of 2 clinical cases with reflection. Reassessment will be available   

Course Aims 

The course aims to give participants the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of gastrointestinal emergencies, how they develop and the ways in which patients with these conditions are managed. The course will provide students with the ability to confidently discuss the support provided in Critical Care for patients with these conditions gaining the ability to apply these principles to their everyday practice. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course 

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

  1. Apply critical analysis of the evidence surrounding the causality of GI emergencies
  2. Identify and criticallyappraisethe  published literature in relation to the diagnosis and management of GI emergencies 
  1. Be able to identify complex issues and make informed judgments in relation to the management of critically ill patients with GI emergencies

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. 

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Neurocritical Care MED5567 

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

Short Description 

This course will examine the published literature underpinning the practice of the sub-specialty, Neurocritical Care. The aetiologies of common presentations of patients to Neurocritical Care will be explored as well as the principles of management of this group of patients. 

Timetable 

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes/workshops and work based learning will be scheduled over semester 3. 

Excluded Courses 

None 

Co-requisites 

None 

Assessment 

  1. Written assignment. Essay of around 1000 words on a subject related to Neurocritical care. (80%)
  2. Presentation: Presentation on a paper in the field of Neurocritical care. (20%) 

Course Aims 

This course aims to equip students with a critical understanding of conditions that present to Neurocritical Care, including aetiology, diagnosis and management of patients with these conditions. This will provide students with the critical thinking skills that underpin their day to day practice. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course 

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

  1. Apply critical analysis of the evidence surrounding issues and conditions which present to Neurocritical Care
  2. Identify and critically appraise published literature in relation to diagnosis and management in Neurocritical Care
  1. Identify complex issues and make informed judgments in relation to the management of patients in Neurocritical Care

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.

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Nutritional In Critical Care MED5568 

  • 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: Yes 
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No 
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes 

Short Description 

This course will cover the topic of human nutrition in Critical Care exploring the published literature evidencing the importance of nutrition and its contribution to the aetiology and progression of disease. The course will introduce the evidence for the use of optimum nutrition plans in a Critical Care environment and their influence on patient outcomes. 

Timetable 

A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled throughout semester 2. 

Excluded Courses 

None 

Co-requisites 

None 

Assessment 

  1. 1000 word written assignment(70%) 
  2. Presentation (30%)

Course Aims 

The course aims to equip students with an in depth evidence based knowledge of the impact of optimising nutrition improving the outcome for critically ill patients. In addition the course will enable students to apply state of the art knowledge around nutrition to their own clinical practice. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course 

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

  1. Critically evaluate and discuss the impact of nutrition on disease and patient outcomes in Critical Care
  2. Formulate patient management plans which optimise nutrition
  1. Critically analyse and compare the published evidence around the various methods of providing nutrition to critically ill patients

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. 

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Leadership & Management In Critical Care MED5566 

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

Short Description 

This course will introduce students to the concepts of effective leadership and management in health care. Students will be encouraged to think critically about leadership and management strategies helping them to become clinical and academic leaders within their own departments. 

Timetable 

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and work based learning will be scheduled throughout semester 3. 

Excluded Courses 

None 

Co-requisites 

None 

Assessment 

  1. Written assignment1000 word approx (80%) 
  2. Presentation (20%)

Course Aims 

This course aims to equip students with the skills necessary to become effective clinical and academic leaders within their own departments. This will be achieved through acquiring detailed and critical knowledge of leadership and management theories and how these principles can be applied in clinical practice. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course 

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

  1. Critically discuss theories of leadership and management and their application in the context of Critical Care
  2. Critically analyse strategies and approaches to problem solving and decision making within the health and social care environment
  3. Apply extensive knowledge of leadership and managerial skills to their own 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.

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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

This programme is open to doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals and ultimately leads to a Masters degree.

The clinical components acquired and attained during this programme make graduates very desirable for prospective employers. The aim is for graduates to be highly effective clinical leaders in their field and place of work.

          student getting career advice

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2022-23

MSc

UK / EU / International:

  • £13,650 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,517 per 20 credits.

PgDip

UK / EU / International:

  • £9,100 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,517 per 20 credits.

PgCert

UK / EU / International:

  • £4,550 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,517 per 20 credits

NHS-funded students

Fees for students funded by the NHS (after NHS discount):

  • £10,000 (total cost)
  • £1,112 per 20 credits

Tuition fees for January and April 2022 start

UK / EU / International: £1,450 per 20 credits

Fees for students funded by the NHS (after NHS discount): £1,050 per 20 credits

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland and EU)

Eligible full-time and part-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500 towards their course. 

Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan of up to £4,500. 

Please see the Postgraduate funding guide.

For more information visit the SAAS website

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2022/23. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

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

Entry requirements

  • A relevant education qualification at Bachelor’s level 2, in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology, Physiotherapy or other health care professions.
  • Relevant clinical experience.

English language requirements

Subject to confirmation for 2022 entry

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Duolingo (2021 entry, under review for 2022 entry)

  • 120 with 120 in two or more sub-scores including literacy and no subscore below 110 for direct entry, in-sessional support requirement available for those with 120, 100 for 5 week PSE, 100 for 10 week PSE. Please see: Pre-sessional courses.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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:

 

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

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam

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.

Documents

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 referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Applications for this online programme will be accepted up until it commences.

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