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.
The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.
You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.
You will have access to a range of specialist facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End.
Specialist resources at the William Harvey Research Institute include:
- Five fully equipped, state-of-the-art research laboratories
- Flow cytometry
- Imaging facilities
MSc in Critical care is available to study full-time over one year, or part-time from two to four years.
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 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.
- 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
For more information, please contact Dr Nina Ravic.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3404
Both UK and overseas doctors and nurses with a medical or nursing degree are eligible to apply, as are allied health professionals. You must have postgraduate experience of critical care medicine to enrol on the course and our admissions will be carefully assessed to ensure that they are able to meet the high academic standards required to successfully complete the course.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
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.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Each module will be assessed on the basis of written work, examination and presentations.
You will also be assessed on a dissertation of 15,000-words.
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.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
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.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
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:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717