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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years part time distance learning

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    05 July 2018

Course content

This is an interprofessional, e-Learning programme, intended for healthcare professionals wishing to specialise in acute care or critical care, and those who teach within such settings. It provides opportunities to explore critical care as a multidimensional phenomenon, through the teaching and module assignments.

Overview

The MSc in Critical Care is a part-time, distance learning course, which aims to provide the opportunity to explore critical care as a multidimensional phenomenon through the module assignments and through taught components.

Critical care is the specialised and comprehensive care of patients whose conditions are life threatening, from pre-hospital assessment through to discharge from critical and acute care environments. The course explores the management of critically ill patients, and the final dissertation requires you to examine in-depth issues related to current practice of the critically ill patient. The course also aims to inform those who teach within the critical care setting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to further their knowledge and teach others more effectively.

The full MSc course takes two years to complete, although you can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after nine months or a Postgraduate Diploma after 18 months, if you have fulfilled all the criteria for those awards.

The taught component introduces you to the multifaceted nature of caring for a critically ill patient. The modular approach allows you to evaluate care of the acute or critically ill patient from an evidence-based perspective, at any point on the patient’s journey (pre-hospital to discharge), allowing consideration from a multi-professional approach. Professional issues, including interprofessional practice, law, ethics, quality and safety are covered, as well as the psychosocial aspects relevant to caring for critically ill patients. The assessments are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately 50 places are offered per intake and the majority of students are self-funded; although some obtain awards from charities and trusts.

Distinctive features

  • Opportunities for health care professionals to critically analyse, reflect upon and synthesise research evidence to inform practice.
  • Students will be better able to critically evaluate the care they provide with the aim of improving patient care within a clinical governance framework. It recognises that these intellectual skills, as well as advanced research skills, are needed to perform at Master’s level and to lead innovation in practice.
  • These intellectual skills are seen as transferable, key and/or generic and in many health care professions, Master’s level education is required for advanced or senior practice.
  • It will also provide the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration, education and practice through discussion and debate (group work, case studies, critical incidences, etc.).
  • It aims to facilitate professional and personal growth through promoting lifelong learning and professional awareness both from within the individual student’s profession and from how that profession understands and interacts with other health carers.
  • An inter-professional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case-based presentations.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central. Approaches to enhance your learning include:

  • Recommended reading / links within modules
  • Feedback on assignments
  • On line tutorials
  • Annual reports made available to students
  • External examiners’ feedback.

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic.

How will I be supported?

All students are allocated a personal tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who will be in regular contact to discuss progress and to provide advice and guidance as needed. Extensive written feedback is given on all assessments.

You will be allocated a personal supervisor during the dissertation period. They will be able to give written feedback on dissertation drafts and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have.

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for healthcare professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of acutely ill and critically ill patient care in order to help improve practice.

Successful completion of this programme will add value to your CV. Graduates have reported that it led directly to promotion, and many were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.


Visit the Critical Care - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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