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Critical Care MSc / PgDip / PgCert    Back

Cardiff University Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom Duration: Part time - 2 Years Fees/total cost: EUR 9,620.10 (GBP 7,000.00) - EUR 11,269.26 (GBP 8,200.00)


Course Aims

The aim of the course is to allow students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in all aspects of critical care. It will provide the opportunity to explore critical care as a multidimensional phenomenon through the module assignments and through taught components. The course also helps those who teach within the critical care setting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to further their knowledge and teach others more effectively.

Special Features

  • Unique - presently there are no other distance learning, interprofessional critical care courses at this level
  • Inter-professional approach to enhance group work, discussion sessions and case based presentations
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach

Course Description

The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for a critically ill patient. The modular approach allows students to evaluate critical care from an evidence-based perspective, starting with assessment at ward level through to the critical components and then to discharge. Professional issues, including clinical governance and interprofessional practice, will be covered, as well as the psychosocial aspects relevant to caring for critically ill patients.

The modules allow for student choice within the module subject. The assessments are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately fifty places are offered per intake and the majority of students are self-funded; although some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (9 months for the Postgraduate Certificate level; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma level and a further six months for the dissertation stage) spanning just over two academic years.

In order to undertake the course the applicant must have constant and reliable internet access (preferably broadband) and have basic computer literacy skills. The IT knowledge or ability required to undertake the course is by no means advanced but applicants must be comfortable with using the internet and Microsoft Word at a basic level and with this method of learning (e-Learning).

Course Structure

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet), smart phones.

Approximately 10-15 hours per week required on independent learning and assessment. As the programme is purely e-Learning there are no direct contact hours with the programme team. To support students in their learning, the course team are available 09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday (excluding certain holiday periods) and we guarantee to respond to student queries within two working days.


Students will be expected to submit and pass:

  • Three modular assessments for the Postgraduate Certificate
  • A further three modular assessments for the Postgraduate Diploma
  • Successful completion of the Diploma and a 20,000-word dissertation to achieve the Master of Science Degree In Critical Care

Part time

Start date:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Cardiff, United Kingdom
EUR 9,620.10 (GBP 7,000.00)
EUR 11,269.26 (GBP 8,200.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Sharon Norman
School of Medicine
University accredited:
180 CATS
Last update: 08/03/2017


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Advanced Management - Cardiovascular System 20 CATS core  
Advanced Management - Respiratory System 20 CATS core  
Clinical Management of Specialities 20 CATS core  
Professional Practice - Management Issues 20 CATS core  
Quality and Safety (20 credit masters module) 20 CATS Full time - 3 Months core Yes
Research Governance & Evidence Based Practice 20 CATS core