Postgraduate taught 

Trauma Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

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This programme will not be running in 2019/20

Serious injury is the most common cause of death in young people in the UK. This programme is designed to enhance the knowledge, leadership and academic critical thinking skills of clinicians from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in the care of the seriously injured patient. The programme offers a broad based curricula with learning objectives aligned to development of health care professional’s trauma management. The programme is intended to meet the needs of anyone working within Trauma Care who wishes to improve their knowledge, academic and leadership skills. There will be an emphasis on trauma team membership and leadership.

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

Why this programme

  • This is the only MSc in Trauma Management in Scotland and only one of a few trauma related degrees in the UK.
  • The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Sunday Times 2018).
  • The NHS in Scotland has embarked on a major clinical reorganisation project that will see the development of four Major Trauma Centres (MTC) and the introduction of ambulance bypass for smaller acute centres for seriously injured patients who are likely to benefit from MTC Care. The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children will be the largest of these centres and will be one of the largest in the UK. This has been the catalyst of the development of this programme as there is a real need to develop clinician’s knowledge and skills in this critical area. As a corollary of this, the West of Scotland benefits from internationally recognised expertise in trauma that will be leveraged for faculty.
  • The programme will be delivered as an online distance learning programme but will still utilise a variety of teaching approaches which includes; lectures, tutorials and simulated scenarios. The programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary group of subject experts.
  • The successful completion will lead to the award of a postgraduate degree that will enhance personal development and assist in career development.

Programme structure

The programme will be delivered online using a variety of teaching approaches which includes lectures, tutorials and simulated scenarios. The programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary group of subject experts.

The 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 subjects in Trauma Management and start developing their clinical skills by attending actual or simulated ward rounds.

In year 2 students will further enhance their knowledge of core Trauma Management, develop their clinical practice.

In year 3, students undertake a research or audit project and present their findings in the context of the available published scientific literature. Alternatively, they can write a dissertation around a topic of their choice allowing them to use the skills of academy enquiry they have learned.

If students are on the MSc route they must initially undertake MED5496 (research & scientific writing skills) and then can opt into the other modules after discussion with the programme directors. At the discretion of the course organisers it may be possible to take one 20 credit course from a related discipline.

Core Courses

  • Anatomy and physiology relating to trauma (year 1)
  • Introduction to statistical methods (year 1)
  • Non-technical skills: team working, leadership and decision making (year 2)
  • Research and scientific writing skills (MSc year 2)
  • Dissertation (Summer)

Optional courses

  • Principles of trauma resuscitation (year 1)
  • Principles of pre-hospital management (year 1)
  • Silver trauma (year 2)
  • Paediatric trauma (year 2)
  • Major incident response (year 2)
  • Radiology (year 2)
  • Evidence based quality improvement (year 2)
  • Advanced critical care in trauma (year 2)

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

Graduates can progress into leadership and advanced roles within medicine, paramedicine, and nursing. Roles include clinical fellows, specialist registrars, senior staff nurses, paramedics, and advanced care practitioners.

Promotion within the student's own profession is another path as is the ability to take responsibility for education, research and quality improvement within each area and more broadly in national roles.


Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2020-21


UK / EU / International: 

  • £1389 per 20 credits
  • 60 credits per year over 3 years


UK / EU / International:

  • £1,389 per 20 credits
  • 60 credits per year over 2 years


UK / EU / International:

  • £1,389 per 20 credits
  • 60 credits per year over 1 or 2 years

NHS fee discount: £8,850

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

The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences)

The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.

All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.

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Commonwealth Scholarship schemes

Commonwealth Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens' study in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. A range of scholarship schemes are available for citizens of Commonwealth countries other than the UK. Further information is available on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission's website.

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Sir Fitzroy Maclean Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Glasgow is pleased to award a Sir Fitzroy Maclean Postgraduate scholarship available to new students, from one of the eligible countries, for September 2020 entry.

Sir Fitzroy Maclean was a Scottish soldier, author and politician. Awarded an Honorary degree of DLitt from the University in 1969, Sir Fitzroy Maclean had a long relationship with the University before he died in 1996. This scholarship was established with respect to Sir Fitzroy’s interests and passions.

The Scholarship will be awarded as a tuition fee discount and stipend.

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Banco de Mexico

The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.

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CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

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CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

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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.

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

Entry requirements

The programme is open to doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals. Doctors require completion of the Basic Foundation Programme or equivalent.

The entry requirements are:

  • A relevant health professional qualification
  • Current or recent employment within a critical care setting
  • Normally a minimum of one to two years' experience in critical care practice

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 referee’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.

To register interest, please email: