Postgraduate taught 

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

Clinical Critical Care Dissertation MED5563P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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.

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.