Research course

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

University of Nottingham · Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in statistics, science, geography or a medical subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The principal research interests of the Division of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care relate to vascular reactivity, computer simulation of physiological function, the septic patient, and muscle function in critically ill patients. The division has ongoing research programme in the area of patient safety and quality improvement. A number of areas are being addressed including safety culture, medication errors, systems approach and consensus methodology.

Studies of vascular reactivity have included investigation of the effects of anaesthetic agents on cerebral blood flow and laboratory investigations into the effects of substances present in the serum of septic patients on contractility of isolated coronary arteries. A programme of investigation into the potential for a safe and effective cerebral vasodilator to treat patients with cerebrovascular spasm will start shortly.

Very complex computer simulations have been developed to study the lung and the cerebral circulation. These simulations can be used to study extreme conditions which could not be investigated in man. They are also able to avoid the need for animal experimentation.

Recent studies have centred on changes in muscle in critically ill patients, including genetic predisposition to myopathy in critical illness.

Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with other schools within the university.

Research project themes could include:

- Patient safety

- Health services research and patient outcomes

- Hip fracture

- Neurovascular effects of anaesthesia

- Endothelial function and Circulation

- Muscle dysfunction

- Quantifying pulmonary disease states in critical illness

- Computational modelling of pulmonary intervention in critical care

- Computational modelling of clinical scenarios of anaesthesia

- Computational pharmacokinetic investigations

- Goal directed therapy in high-risk patients

- Ultrasound in regional anaesthesia

- Peri-operative risk and outcome.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Medical School web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559