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Critical Care (MSc)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / via e-Learning: 2 years part-time (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to allow students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in all aspects of critical care. It will provide the opportunity to explore critical care as a multidimensional phenomenon through the module assignments and through taught components. The course also helps those who teach within the critical care setting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to further their knowledge and teach others more effectively.

Special Features

Course Description

MSc programme with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.

The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for a critically ill patient. The modular approach allows students to evaluate care of the acute or critically ill patient from an evidence-based perspective, at any point the patients journey (pre-hospital to discharge), allowing consideration from a multiprofessional approach. Professional issues, including, interprofessional practice, law, ethics, quality and safety will be covered, as well as the psychosocial aspects relevant to caring for critically ill patients.

The modules allow for student choice within the module subject. The assessments are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately fifty places are offered per intake and the majority of students are self-funded; although some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (9 months for the Postgraduate Certificate stage; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and a further six months for the dissertation stage).

In order to undertake the course the applicant must have constant and reliable internet access (preferably broadband) and have basic computer literacy skills. The IT knowledge or ability required to undertake the course is by no means advanced but applicants must be comfortable with using the internet and Microsoft Word at a basic level and with this method of learning (e-Learning).

Course Structure

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet).

Approximately 10-15 hours per week required on independent learning and assessment. As the programme is purely e-Learning there are no direct contact hours with the programme team, however virtual meetings may be possible. To support students in their learning, the course team are available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday (UK time), excluding certain holiday periods, and we endeavour to respond to all student queries within two working days.

Available Modules

Skills Acquired

Enhanced understanding of evidence based medicine through academic appraisal of the relevant resources.

Career Prospects

Valued added to CV with many students reporting that attainment and / or current participation on the MSc lead directly to promotion. Many students were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

Entry Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants will:

Available Funding

There are limited scholarships available for international/overseas students through the International Office. Please refer to the information on this page for further detail.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time MSc: £3,875 MSc: £5,625
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Sharon Norman  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3216 



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