MSc in Critical Care

Programme description

The MSc is an exciting online programme that blends an evidence-based exploration of the clinical specialty of Critical Care with Clinical Research and Academic Practice at The University of Edinburgh which is world-renowned for its research, development and innovation.

Why study with us?

We have developed this innovative online programme in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. This is a collaboration based on centuries of medical research and teaching. 

The online programme draws on this extensive experience and targets:

  • doctors

  • nurses

  • paramedics

  • allied health professionals (for example, dietitians and physiotherapists)

New programme

2021/22 will be the third year the programme runs. We currently have over 60 students on the programme.

What the programme covers

The programme delivers expert learning both in clinical reasoning and academic practice.

We cover a variety of clinical situations in the programme:

  • recognition, assessment and management of the acutely ill patient

  • the management of the patient in established multiple organ failure

  • end of life care

The programme builds on our particular strengths of clinical care including:

  • neurointensive care

  • cardiac critical care

  • maternal critical care

  • sepsis

As a student, you will also become equipped with the skills to access and appraise the biomedical literature. This will allow you to actively participate in clinical discussions and develop as an independent and critical thinker. You will be able to appraise primary and secondary research, and incorporate it into your personal practice.


The programme allows you to study 100% of the programme online at times that suit you. You can study for 15–20 hours per week, enabling you to balance study with work and family commitments.

Innovative learning

You will learn using online resources and collaborate with students using online forums.

Additionally, we have developed an innovative virtual intensive care unit. This allows you to view a 360-degree tour of a critical care ward.

Visit the virtual intensive care unit

World class staff

Our academic staff have an international reputation for their research and teaching.

You will learn from their professional knowledge and experience in the critical care field.

The Programme Directors bring together extensive experience and expertise in:

  • the care and treatment of critically ill adults

  • the conduct of clinical research in critical care

  • the education and training of doctors and allied health practitioners

  • the delivery and leadership of undergraduate and postgraduate education

Student testimonials

Hear from online students from different University programmes on why they studied with us.