Critical Care (MSc)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / via e-Learning: 2 years part-time (distance / e-Learning)
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.
- Unique - presently there are no other e-learning, international, interprofessional critical care courses at this level.
- Inter-professional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case based presentations.
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).
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.
- Module 1: Research Governance and Evidence Based Practice
- Module 2: Advanced Management - Cardiovascular systems
- Module 3: Quality and Safety
- Module 4: Advanced Management - Respiratory systems
- Module 5: Professional Practice and Management Issues
- Module 6: Clinical Management of Specialties
- Module 7: DISSERTATION
Enhanced understanding of evidence based medicine through academic appraisal of the relevant resources.
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.
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:
- hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills; OR
- hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC); OR
- be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question; AND
- be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme. The student has to be working in a clinical area, that is relevant to programme they are undertaking. If the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where he/she is unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. In the event that a student's relevant clinical employment ceases then the University reserves the right to withdraw the student from the programme. Please refer to the University regulations on 'Fitness to Practice" for further information.
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|
|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
Name: Sharon Norman
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3216