Taught course

Critical Care

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

The programme is open to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Doctors require completion of the Basic Foundation Programme or equivalent.

The entry requirements are:

  • A relevant health professional qualification
  • Current or recent employment within a critical care setting
  • Normally a minimum of one to two years' experience in critical care practice
  • IELTS score as per Glasgow University standard for candidates whose first language is not English.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Intensive Care Medicine is rapidly emerging as a standalone specialty throughout the world. With sepsis as a leading cause of death and a growing population with an increasing number of manageable comorbidities, the burden on ICU is rising. Whether you choose to study full time or part time, the MSc, PG Diploma, PG Certificate in Critical Care offers the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and will consolidate your expertise in the field. Learning opportunities are delivered by experts in Critical Care in one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. Areas covered include hot topics such as; sepsis, multi-organ failure and Critical Care governance.

  • The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Sunday Times 2018).
  • This is the only MSc programme in Critical Care in Scotland. It provides an opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree in this developing and exciting clinical field.

  • The programme is taught at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) which has the largest critical care facilities in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. The hospital itself was opened in 2015 and is one of the biggest in Europe.
  • The programme is delivered by experts in the field of critical care using a multimodal teaching approach which includes lectures, seminars, simulated cases and ward rounds.
  • The work and assignments during the course are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own workplace in the UK or internationally.
  • The University of Glasgow is ranked top amongst UK medical schools in the National Student Survey (2016) with 98% overall student satisfaction.

Find out more about core and optional courses

Information for international students

Please see the English language Requirements.

This one-year masters programme is eligible for a new, streamlined visa application process: find out more



Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fee: £8000 Part-time fee: £889 per 20 credits
International students
Full-time fee: £21020

For funding opportunities search the scholarships database


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions