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Overview

If you are a clinician, a senior nurse or an allied health professional working in critical care, this programme is designed to give you a thorough grounding in critical care medicine, together with the tools to maintain your knowledge over a course of advanced, specialist instruction. We aim to ensure that you acquire the theoretical understanding and skills to advance and promote knowledge in this specialty and develop your leadership skills.

This programme will:

  • Provide advanced theoretical and practical teaching that covers a broad range of key topics related to the management of the critically ill or injured patient
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence so that you can lead the provision of the highest standards of critical care
  • Develop and demonstrate your competence in a critical appraisal of research and your skills in conducting robust clinical audit.

Why study your MSc in Critical care at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Critical care is based at the William Harvey Research Institute, a vibrant, fully integrated pharmacological institute amongst the top 20 in the world. We lead cutting-edge translational discovery science and experimental medicine research, and high calibre educational programmes.

  • You will receive advanced, specialist instruction from a faculty of world leading intensivists.
  • We have modern state-of-the-art buildings alongside more traditional facilities such as our fantastic library.
  • The modular nature of the programme is designed to fit in with your full-time employment.

Structure

MSc in Critical care is available to study full-time over one year, or part-time from two to four years.

Full-time

Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Part-time

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two or more academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Core modules

  • Pathophysiological Basis of Critical Illness
  • Supportive Care for Failing Organ Function
  • Care of the Unconscious Patient
  • Decision-making, Communication and Ethics
  • Research and Audit Methodology
  • Special Patient Groups
  • Neurocritical Care and Trauma Management
  • Clinical Observership
  • Dissertation.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

You will learn by means of a variety of academic activities ranging from lectures, seminars, tutorials and direct involvement in basic and clinical research projects.

Assessment

Each module will be assessed on the basis of written work, examination and presentations.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a dissertation of 15,000-words.

Fees

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:


Visit the MSc Critical Care page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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