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A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration. Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care. Read more
A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration

Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care

Resuscitation is a rapidly evolving area of medicine that crosses the boundaries of emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, anaesthesia and acute medicine. Early recognition of critical illness and resuscitation saves lives and reduces suffering for our patients. We are offering an MSc, Diploma and Taster MOOC to provide an opportunity for you to develop your skills in this area under the guidance of an international faculty. The level of study and knowledge will go beyond most specialist exit exams marking you as a potential leader in this field. We will bring together teaching on diagnosis, resuscitation, pathophysiology, imaging, toxicology, CRM and pre-hospital care/mass casualty medicine under a single umbrella. Resuscitation Medicine is arguably evolving into a subspecialty of medical care and with this course we aim to provide the skills to develop expertise in this field.

Who should apply?

The course welcomes students from medical, nursing and paramedic backgrounds from both overseas and Europe/UK. It is designed for trainees and consultants in Emergency Medicine and other acute care specialities,. It is also designed to assist advanced nurse practitioners and paramedics to gain skills in Resuscitation Medicine.

Why study Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine at QMUL and Barts Health?

-Delivered by a leading UK Medical School ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2017)
-Delivered by a Russell Group university
-An excellent reputation in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care
-Active research and teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care.

Barts Health NHS Trust is home to:

-The largest Emergency Department under one R&D in the UK (approaching 1000 attendances daily)
-Europe’s largest Trauma Centre
-Europe’s busiest Heart attack Centre.
-Close links with Academic Critical Care, with research led by Professor Rupert Pearse (NIHR Clinical Scientist) and Academic -Trauma Sciences, research led by Professor Karim Brohi.

-The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) at QMUL has an international profile in Critical Care research

-The Trauma Sciences team are at the forefront of Trauma research with a special interest in trauma coagulopathy and resuscitation

-Excellent worldwide reputation for delivering successful online MSc courses

-The Emergency Department is home to London’s Air Ambulance, a world renowned pre-hospital care paramedic/doctor staffed trauma response team
-The Institute of Pre-hospital care was set up in 2013 and now runs a very popular BSc for undergraduates

-The successful Academic Department Emergency Medicine was set up in 2012 with the appointment a Professor Emergency Medicine. Since then the regional portfolio research has risen annually to be now third placed nationally for recruitment

The MSc and Diploma
The MSc is a 3-year 180 credit MSc, including a 60 credit 10000+/- 500 word dissertation in year 3. It offers two years of structured web based teaching via an online learning platform. For students who wish not to complete a dissertation in year 3, a 2-year Diploma is offered based on the lectures, tutorials and course work.

This course commences September 2017
The course is online, allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time, enabling you to continue with your work commitments. It provides an excellent structured learning platform for trainees and specialists to develop skills in this area. Lectures are delivered by leading experts in the field with the same lecturer/course leads offering weekly tutorials.

In the first two years the course offers 8 modules covering different areas of critical care. Each of the eight modules runs over 10 weeks, In year 3 the 60-credit dissertation is completed by students completing the MSc.

The Taster MOOC – free online learning
The massive open online course (MOOC) is an opportunity for you to improve your skills and to learn about Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine from an international faculty of world class speakers. The MOOC will give you a taste of what is on offer at masters and Diploma level. The MOOC includes lectures on the recognition and treatment of shock and provides an introduction to statistics and critical appraisal.

The MOOC is a free to access, distance learning package allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time. This taster course will allow you to access all the teaching material from modules 1 and 2 of the MSc including video lectures., The MOOC will not include content such as the MCQs, online lectures and tutorials, which are reserved for those studying the full MSc/PGDip programme.

If you enjoy the MOOC you may want to enrol in the associated MSc or PG Dip in Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine offered at QMUL. Click here to access the MOOC

Why Study at QMUL/Barts Health?

-A rich and diverse history
-Barts is a faculty of QMUL and has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The London was the first medical school in England, founded in 1785, and Barts Hospital was established in 1123. Our location in the east of London and elsewhere in the East London Gateway will enhance your experience. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live, we also serve a diverse local community where you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – in the most recent national assessment of research quality, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014) among multi-faculty universities. This means that the teaching on our postgraduate programmes is directly inspired by the world-leading research of our academics.

* All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

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Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. Read more

Our blended learning MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice - Paediatric Anaesthesia is a unique course for anaesthetists and anaesthetic trainees who have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia.

Children and infants present unique challenges to anaesthetists, who are involved not only in the delivery of safe anaesthesia, but also in peri-operative care, acute and chronic pain management and in the resuscitation and stabilisation of the seriously ill or injured child.

This is an academic course that, when combined with clinical experience, will produce anaesthetists who can deliver high quality care in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. 

You will develop:

  • the skills required to understand medical literature and research and apply this knowledge as evidence-based practice;
  • the ability to gain a firm grasp of the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • the ability to critically appraise current practice, develop the specialty further, and improve patient care.

We have developed this course in partnership with the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH), drawing on the hospital's high level of knowledge and expertise to provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding expected from paediatric anaesthetists today.

This MSc is suitable if you are a consultant anaesthetist working in either specialist or non-specialist centres and have an interest in paediatric anaesthesia. 

Our course would also be suitable for trainees undergoing advanced clinical training in paediatric anaesthesia.

Please note that this course is new and subject to approval for 2017. 


This course aims to:

  • provide the necessary academic preparation for the clinical practice of paediatric anaesthesia;
  • enable you to critically appraise current practice and develop an evidence-based approach to solving clinical problems;
  • help you to grasp the science, pathophysiology and paediatric medicine underpinning the practice of paediatric anaesthesia.

The knowledge and skills you will gain during the course, combined with your clinical experience, will enable you to improve patient care and further develop the speciality of paediatric anaesthesia.

Teaching and learning

The MSc runs over three years part-time, making full use of a blended learning approach.

It is flexible enough for full-time professionals to undertake, and consists of online distance learning, supplemented by face-to-face study days at The University of Manchester.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through examining your participation in online discussions, mid-unit assignments, end of unit assignments and the written reflective element.

Satisfactory completion of all units of training for each year will allow progression to the next year of study.

Course unit details

Year 1

  • Evidence Based Practice (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Governance (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People; Ethics and Consent

Year 2

Specialist Clinical Practice Units:

  • Applied Basic Science in Paediatric Anaesthesia (15 credits)
  • Anaesthesia for Special Cases (15 credits)
  • Trauma and Acute Surgery (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Critical Care and Resuscitation Medicine (15 credits)

Year 3

  • Written reflective element with either a research/audit component or a systematic review (60 credits)

Course collaborators

We have collaborated with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital , Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to develop this course.


You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Office.

Career opportunities

This course is designed for advanced trainees in paediatric anaesthesia who intend to pursue consultant careers in hospitals providing tertiary paediatric care.

It is also suitable for anaesthetists with paediatric responsibilities working in district general hospitals, as well as consultant anaesthetists applying for roles at tertiary children's hospitals, or at district general hospitals with significant paediatric activity.

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All healthcare professionals working towards or already in an advanced practice role will benefit from this Advanced Healthcare Practice Masters from Liverpool John Moores University which balances academic and practical content. Read more
All healthcare professionals working towards or already in an advanced practice role will benefit from this Advanced Healthcare Practice Masters from Liverpool John Moores University which balances academic and practical content.

•Explore your specialist area of practice with this non-prescriptive, multi-professional framework
•Study part time over three to five years on this credible, contemporary programme informed by current healthcare requirements
•Choose from over 20 different modules
•Benefit from the knowledge of experienced nurse clinicians
•Enjoy theoretical and practical sessions in state-of-the-art learning facilities
•This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

The Advanced Healthcare Practice Programme concentrates on clinical skills acquisition, underpinning existing knowledge and experience and covering both technical and non-technical factors.

As a graduate, you will use advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking, collaborative working and creative problem solving to assess and manage a variety of conditions. You will work towards competency in advanced practice and will help to lead contemporary healthcare practice, improving the health and wellbeing of patients, carers and their families.

This part time course has a strong emphasis on self-guided study. A 10 credit module, for example, involves two hours timetabled study per week for 15 weeks, backed up by significant independent study focussed on Blackboard learning resources.

In terms of student support, you can look forward to a comprehensive induction programme, academic support from module leaders and the services of a Personal Tutor.

Formal Teaching takes place in Tithebarn Street in the city centre. This vibrant location offers everything you could possibly need during your studies including clinical skills rooms with examination, care and diagnostic facilities, mannequins, anatomical models, ECG and resuscitation equipment. Independent study resources for nursing and allied health are kept in the on-site Avril Robarts library.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7

-Advanced Health Care Practice (10 Credits)
-Advancing Leadership For Quality (20 Credits)
-Advancing the Critical Care Practitioner (30 credits)
-Art and Science of Practice Education (20 Credits)
-Clinical Diagnostics (10 Credits)
-Clinical Examination (10 Credits)
-Collaborative and Professional Practice in Dementia Care (30 credits)
-Diabetes: Enabling Healthcare Professionals to Enhance Healthcare Provision in Practice (30 Credits)
-Ethical and Legal Issues within Advanced Practice (10 credits)
-Managing Critical Care (20 Credits)
-Mentorship in Health Care Practice (20 Credits)
-Narrative Therapeutics and Communication (20 Credits)
-Negotiated Work Based Learning (20 credits)
-Non-Medical Prescribing
-Pathophysiology Advanced Practice (10 Credits)
-Pre-Operative Assessment (20 credits)
-Professional Practice in Palliative Care (30 credits)
-Public Health for The Paramedic (20 Credits)
-Quality monitoring and improvement in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
-Safeguarding in Multi-Professional Practice (30 credits)
-Specialist Bowel Cancer Screening (20 credits)

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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IN BRIEF. You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, consultant neonatologists, or specialist pediatric registrars. Read more


  • You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, consultant neonatologists, or specialist pediatric registrars
  • You will be taught by experts in the field including tertiary neonatologists, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, midwifery lecturers, pharmacists and radiographers
  • You will develop advanced clinical skills in our brand new simulation suites with our award-winning human simulators
  • Clinical placement opportunity


This practical course uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher-level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status.

This is a challenging and intense programme and allows experienced neonatal intensive care nurses to become qualified advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.

This 12 month course requires a high level of commitment to succeed and you will move from a nursing to a medical rota immediately upon qualification.  

You will achieve a number of clinical competencies such as advanced resuscitation skills, insertion of percutaneous long lines, insertion of umbilical and venous catheters, airway management and intubation and chest drains.


The programme may be commissioned by Health Education North West to meet the needs of a modernizing NHS. Upon completion you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner in Neonates to work within a junior medical rota.


You are expected to be flexible during the programme to facilitate your learning and clinical practice/experience:

  • During the first three months you will be introduced to new concepts, theories and medical management  including physiology, pathophysiology for neonates with in the maternity department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • For the rest of the programme you will attend university and work in clinical practice
  • You will self-roster your off duty, clinical practice/experience within your tertiary intensive neonatal care unit (learning on the job)
  • You will be given a named supervisor (consultant neonatologist)
  • You must accrue a minimum of 720 clinical hours during your twelve months training

Simulation teaching will be undertaken in the university’s simulation suite and in the clinical area.


You will be expected to undertake a series of assessments including a clinical portfolio, written assignments, OSCE, and supervised clinical practice by specialist registrars, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and consultant neonatologists.


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient Simulators

The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions.
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.


Upon completion of this course, students will become advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and will work on a medical rota. Some students may also wish to progress onto a PhD or work as a nurse consultant or in a leadership role in clinical practice.

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Programme description

The DClinDent in Oral Surgery is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in oral surgery, together with a taught professional Doctorate, preparing them for the Speciality examination of Membership in Oral Surgery (MOralSurg) of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (Tricollegiate Edinburgh, Glasgow, England) UK.

The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in oral surgery.

Programme structure

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus components are based on the core competencies for oral surgery training as set out by Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) for Oral Surgery, The Faculty of Dental Surgery The Royal College of Surgeons of England (2014) :

  • extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
  • management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
  • management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
  • management of impacted teeth
  • management of complications
  • peri-radicular surgery
  • dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
  • intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
  • treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
  • management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
  • insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
  • appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
  • management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
  • management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
  • management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
  • clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
  • diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • control of cross-infection
  • medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each term.

In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also have oral exams in June and in August/September.

Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will present the following:

a) a clinical governance project b) a systematic review of a topic related to Oral Surgery c) two fully documented patient case presentations d) two unseen (diagnostic) cases will also form part of this examination

The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.

Year 1 courses:

  • Basic science in relation to oral surgery
  • Clinical knowledge 1
  • Oral Surgery - Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Pathology of the Oral and Dental Tissues
  • Research Methodology, Statistics, Clinical Governance and Audit
  • Resuscitation and Management of Emergencies
  • The NHS

Year 2 courses:

  • Clinical knowledge 2
  • Oral Surgery - Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation
  • Systemic disease in relation to Oral Surgery
  • Management of Pain and Anxiety

Year 3 courses:

  • Systematic Review
  • Clinical Governance Project
  • Specialist-Level Clinical Case-Reports
  • Clinical Patient Care 3

Learning outcomes

  1. Ability to produce good clinical care whilst maintaining good clinical practice
  2. Good understanding of the basic biological science relevant to oral surgery
  3. Ability to carry out the extraction of teeth and retained roots and management of complications
  4. Knowledge to deal with odontogenic and all other infections of the orofacial region and benign salivary gland disease
  5. Fluent in the management of impacted and unerupted teeth and dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment , peri-radicular surgery, treatment of benign cystic lesion of the oral hard and soft tissues
  6. Familiarity with appropriate anxiety management techniques and management of orofacial pain
  7. Familiarity with the management of benign and malignant lesions arising in, or presenting in the oral cavity

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.

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Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people currently experiences a mental health problem. Read more
Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people currently experiences a mental health problem. This flexible and unique programme is designed to allow you to build upon previous knowledge and experiences, as well as develop and demonstrate mastery in mental health related skills and knowledge in order to contribute to enhanced professional mental health practice, research and service development.

Why study MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Mental Health Studies at Middlesex?

This innovative course is suitable for those already working in the mental health field and enables you to study with others from a wide range of mental health settings and backgrounds. The diversity of this learning environment stimulates enhanced mental health knowledge, leading to improved practice and service development.

You can plan your own individual study pathway to meet specific personal, professional, academic and service needs. Furthermore, the optional modules can be taken at a pace and frequency that suits your circumstances, taking into account issues such as your location and work-life balance. The programme is designed so that, where possible, credits achieved through prior study are recognised as part of the award.

Course highlights:

- Middlesex is a leading provider of health education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London.
- We're also highly rated for our student support, which particularly helps students with non-traditional qualifications reach their potential.
- Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a dedicated building that can deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients.
- We have established relationships with London's leading mental health trusts.
- As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Critical Care Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Advanced Critical Care Practice at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Advanced Critical Care Practice course is aimed at experienced nurses with at least five years post-registration critical care experience, who are currently working in a critical care area, and are interested in advanced critical care practice.

The MSc Advanced Critical Care Practice will prepare experienced nurses and other appropriate health care professionals in collaboration with the local health service to become a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. The Advanced Critical Care Practice course will draw on the skills and knowledge of those who contribute to the established MSc Advanced Practice in Health Care and will also share the core clinical modules of that programme. A further three new modules have been developed in order to meet the particular needs of the clinician in the critical care environment.

This part-time Advanced Critical Care Practice programme will enable the development of experienced critical care nurses to:

become advanced practitioners in line with current health policy.

provide practitioners with the clinical skills and knowledge to provide safe, ethical, competent, evidence based care and treatment at an advanced level in the critical care environment.

develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their roles as managers and leaders in the context of advanced practice.

develop the practitioners’ knowledge and skills with regard to their role as educators.

develop practitioners’ skills and knowledge in relation to working in partnership with patients, families and other professionals in the provision of the highest standard of health care.

Modules on the Advanced Critical Care Practice programme

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology

Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Skills 1

Resuscitation and Management of the Critically Ill Patient 2

Professional Issues in Advanced Critical Care Practice

Non-Medical Prescribing

Students are required to select one dissertation option from the following two


Portfolio Dissertation

Once selected the dissertation module becomes core for the student and must be passed.

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In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances. Read more

In veterinary management of animals, anaesthesia (rendering animals unconscious to permit procedures) and analgesia (reducing the pain an animal is suffering) have vital importance in improving animal welfare, as well as permitting the ongoing developments in medical and surgical advances.

Knowledge and advances in anaesthesia over the last 20 years have been considerable. We can use techniques to block sensation locally or over a region of the body not just total unconsciousness. We have an array of drugs and methods of drug administration available to us in our fight against pain. Anaesthesia has always carried risks, and we have an increasing availability of monitoring equipment to help us monitor the physiological function of the body during anaesthesia with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in our animals.

The University of Edinburgh is offering this unique opportunity for an entirely online MSc to study these advances, during which students can gain knowledge and understanding in the equipment, drugs and techniques associated with anaesthesia and analgesia. Our team can provide a wide range of clinical and research experience across many species.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community.

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short-answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events and peer review activities.

Programme structure

The programme is taught part time over 3 years, but its flexible nature will allow you a maximum of 6 years to complete it. There are also options for studying for a certificate (1-2 years) or a diploma (2-4 years).

Each year will consist of three 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

The Postgraduate Certificate year (Year 1) starts with a series of compulsory courses to give a foundation in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, then progresses to examine how this may be applied in a variety of species. In the Postgraduate Diploma year (Year 2), you have the choice of selected courses to tailor the programme to your requirements. A dissertation completes the final year, however, this is a very flexible course, which can be tailored to suit you (subject to approval).

Year 1

Compulsory courses:

  • Basic sciences in anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Anaesthetic equipment
  • Patient assessment, critical incidents and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

You will also choose 2 out of 4 species-related courses in dogs and cats, equidae, ruminants, camelids and pigs or small mammals (e.g. rabbits, rats etc).

Year 2

You will choose courses to total 60 credits from the following:

  • Emergency case management (10 credits)
  • Chronic pain and advanced analgesic principles (10 credits)
  • Advanced cardiovascular procedures and monitoring (10 credits)
  • Lung ventilation and mechanical ventilators (10 credits)
  • Reptiles and birds (20 credits)
  • Ethics in veterinary anaesthesia: animal welfare and euthanasia (10 credits)

In addition, you could choose to select additional species courses from Year 1.

Year 3

During the written reflective element of the programme you will have the opportunity to further develop your scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. The form of the dissertation may vary to suit individual candidates, subject to approval of a submitted proposal. The dissertation will be a piece of written work 10-15,000 words long, which may take the form of a research study, analysis of techniques used in previous clinical work or an extended literature review. A casebook or portfolio submission may also be permitted.

Career opportunities

The MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia is likely to be desirable for veterinary surgeons seeking employment in research environments (e.g. as Named Veterinary Surgeon or other roles) due to the key importance of anaesthesia and the emphasis on this from Home Office regulation of research work in the UK.

The MSc will be a different route for progression for veterinary nurses who have key roles in private veterinary practices with regard to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. This may be desirable for practices wishing to show a wide range of expertise amongst their staff and patient support for surgical procedures.

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