Critical Care (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / 18 months (PgDip), 2 years (MSc) (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, interprofessional critical care courses at this level.
- Inter-professional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case based presentations.
- Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for a critically ill patient. The modular approach allows students to evaluate critical care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with assessment at ward level through to the critical components and then to discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and interprofessional practice, 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 level; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma level and a further six months for the dissertation stage) spanning just over two academic years.
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. To support students in their learning, the course team are available 09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday (excluding certain holiday periods) and we guarantee to respond to student queries within two working days.
Students will be expected to submit and pass:
- Three modular assessments for the Postgraduate Certificate
- A further three modular assessments for the Postgraduate Diploma
- Successful completion of the Diploma and a 20,000-word dissertation to achievethe Master of Science Degree in Critical Care.
- 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.
Suitable applicants should:
- hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (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 equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School;
- AND have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme, i.e. have been a qualified health care professional for a minimum of two years before entry into the programme;
- AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations – please see the Cardiff University website Senate Regulations for further detail (briefly detailed below).
There is no formal deadline, however it is advised that applications are submitted before the 31 July 2014.
PLEASE NOTE: all students enrolling for this programme must be in relevant paid employment, i.e. in a relevant clinical area. If you are unsure of the required detail of this specification please contact the programme team for advice.
Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements including the English Language requirements*.
*Applicants who do not meet the qualification criteria should contact the course team to discuss whether alternative evidence of English language competence may be sufficient (e.g. evidence of successful completion of a first or subsequent degree entirely in the medium of English, for a minimum of one year).
Students should have taken either the TOEFL or the IELTS, no more than TWO years BEFORE the proposed date of entry to the University.
There are limited scholarships available for international/overseas students through the International Office. Please refer to the information on this page for further detail.
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £600.
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Fee includes a non-refundable deposit of £600.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Alex Payne / Sharon Norman
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3216