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Critical Care (Online Learning) PgDip

Critical Care (Online Learning) PgDip

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1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

We have designed the MSc Critical Care (online) programme for health care professionals who encounter critically ill adults in their daily practice. These professionals include: Nurses; doctors in training; senior doctors from all specialties; allied health professionals (for example, physiotherapists, paramedics and dietitians).

Prospective students will often be working full time in professional roles and need a flexible approach to study. The programme is therefore designed as a part-time, fully online, MSc programme.

You will study core clinical subjects in year one and two of the programme, covering, but not limited to: recognition of critical illness; initial treatment and stabilization; advanced organ system support; coordination of care within the intensive care unit; human factors.

Career opportunities

The programme will enhance your understanding and clinical knowledge in Critical Care, and improve your academic capabilities, providing opportunities to develop your career.

As a graduate of the programme, whether you are a nurse, doctor, paramedic or an allied health professional your professional and career development will be enhanced in the following areas: advanced clinical practice; clinical leadership; research; training and education.

By combining academic excellence with the University of Edinburgh’s world-class reputation, graduates from our programme are well placed to continue and advance their clinical careers within the NHS or other health services, pursue advanced academic study, or work in industry. Equally, graduates can expect to be academically confident and may choose to pursue academic careers in related fields.


Fundamentals of Critical Care - Core
Trauma, Toxicology and Temperature - Core
Unlocking the Literature: Clinical Trials - Core
Core Clinical Practice in Critical Care - Core
Human Factors in Critical Care - Core
Sepsis and Infection - Core
Advanced Critical Care - Core
Neurological Critical Care - Core
Unlocking the Literature: Evidence to Practice - Core

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine (MBChB or equivalent), nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy, or any other allied health care profession involved in the management of critically ill patients.

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