Critical Care

MSc ( 1 year Online learning / 2 years Part-time Online Learning )

Overview

Programme Rationale

This programme for clinicians and senior nurses working in Intensive Care Medicine is intended to provide course participants with the skills to advance their knowledge in the speciality and obtain a higher degree through distance learning mode of study.

It will provide a theoretical basis for gaining competence in the general aspects of managing the critically ill or injured patient. The student will also develop and demonstrate competence in the production of critical reviews and theoretical research activities. Much of the course is currently successfully provided by the same group as a residential programme, using the local expertise in the topics covered.

With an aging population, often with high burden of chronic illness, as well as the increasing scope and availability of treatments, Critical Care Medicine is a rapidly expanding field across the world. As a result, the demand for high quality educational programmes in the field is increasing.

Programme Description 

Intensive care is a young and expanding specialty. Trainee doctors, specialist nurses and allied health professionals play a key role in the delivery of safe and effective patient care within the specialty which is highly technical, and rapidly evolving evidence base.

This programme for clinicians, senior nurses and allied health professionals working in Critical Care Medicine is intended to provide participants with a thorough grounding in the discipline together with the tools to maintain their knowledge base through a course of advanced, specialist instruction. The programme is designed to ensure that course participants acquire the theoretical understanding and skills to advance and promote knowledge in the specialty and develop their leadership skills. Accordingly, students will be carefully selected to ensure that they are able to meet the high academic standards required to successfully complete the course. This MSc programme provides the opportunity for the attendees to obtain a higher degree while in full time employment.

For the delivery of this distance learning programme-, students have comprehensive study materials provided online and will have access to the appropriate software to view lectures and teaching material through the internet. With the recent infrastructure investment by QMUL, the new learning technologies (e.g. QMPlus, Echo360) will allow them to discuss and exchange ideas, share knowledge, and review the lecture sessions in their own time and at their own pace.

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 institute amongst the top 20 in the world. We lead cutting-edge translational discovery science and experimental medicine research, and high calibre educational programmes.

Structure

For the delivery of this distance learning programme-, students have comprehensive study materials provided online and will have access to the appropriate software to view lectures and teaching material through the internet. With the recent infrastructure investment by QMUL, the new learning technologies (e.g. QMPlus, Echo360) will allow them to discuss and exchange ideas, share knowledge, and review the lecture sessions in their own time and at their own pace.

Modules:

Module 1: Pathophysiological basis of critical illness

Module 2: Supportive care for failing organ function

Module 3: Care of the unconscious patient

Module 4: Neurocritical Care and Trauma management

Module 5: Decision making, communication and ethics

Module 6: Research and Audit methodology

Module 7: Special Patient Groups

Module 8: Multidisciplinary team in critical care

Contact

For more information, please contact Dr Nina Ravic.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3404
Email: n.ravic@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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.

References from two academic/scientific referees are required to support each application. All MSc registrants must provide details of their experience since graduation and the range of services available in their Intensive Care Unit.  In addition a written undertaking from their Head of Department is required to confirm that adequate time and facilities will be made available in order to complete the course.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is a prerequisite in accordance with Queen Mary University of London regulations. 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, applicants must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

For further information please contact Dr Nina Ravic: n.ravic@qmul.ac.uk

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.

Independent Study

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.

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 for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £10,200
Part time DL £5,100

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time DL £27,600
Part time DL £13,800

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.

Funding

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 for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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

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