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Critical Care MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | 20-SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Intensive Care Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

The care of critically ill patients is a challenging and highly specialised area of health care practice. The polio pandemic in the 1950s led to the birth of the modern Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Another pandemic (Covid-19) has seen the term ‘ICU’ rise to prominence once again as the area in hospital where the most severely ill patients are cared for. Critical Care is a term that is repeated daily in the media. It is the specialty we practice and are passionate about, and the area of health care we are dedicated to teaching at the University of Glasgow.


  • Experience the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree in this developing and exciting clinical field.
  • Areas covered include hot topics such as; sepsis, multi-organ failure and critical care governance.
  • The programme is taught at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) which has the largest critical care facilities in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. The hospital itself was opened in 2015 and is one of the biggest in Europe.
  • Learning opportunities are delivered by experts in the field of critical care using a multimodal teaching approach which includes lectures, seminars, simulated cases and ward rounds.
  • The work and assignments during the course are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own workplace in the UK or internationally.

Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.


The aim is for graduates to be highly effective clinical leaders in their field and place of work.

This programme is open to doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals and ultimately leads to a masters degree.

The clinical components as well as the leadership qualities acquired and attained during this programme make graduates very desirable for prospective employers.


The aim of this course is to provide the student with a detailed insight into all aspects of sepsis. This will include the evolution in concepts and definitions, pathobiology, diagnosis and management guidelines. By the end of this course students will be able to: deal with complex issues and make informed judgment in relation to the septic patient; identify, conceptualise and appraise contemporary definitions of sepsis; apply critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of management of sepsis.

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Entry requirements

The programme is open to doctors, nurses 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.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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