Postgraduate taught 

Critical Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Causes of multi-organ failure MED5495

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to describe common diseases and injuries which can lead to multi-organ failure. In addition it will cover recent evidence and state of the art management of these diseases and injuries in Critical Care.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled during the week including lectures, tutorials, seminars, ward rounds and simulated clinical scenarios.

Excluded Courses





Summative assessment will be carried out using 2 methods:

1. Written assignment: The student will write an essay of approx. 2,500 words reviewing the impact of Critical Care on modifying the outcome of multi-organ failure (80%).

2. Presentation related to multi-organ failure causality (20%).

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with up to date state of the art knowledge of common diseases and injuries precipitating multi-organ failure and their management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of causality of multi-organ failure.

■ Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge in relation to role of Critical Care in modifying outcomes in multi-organ failure.

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the evolution and impact of Critical Care in modifying patient outcomes.

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.