The MSc Critical Care is an online learning course, completed part-time over three years. It is delivered by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the College.


  • Students will learn the essentials of the clinical management of critically unwell adults, whilst developing expertise in accessing, interpreting, and integrating the findings of clinical research into clinical care 


  • Doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals seeking to develop as independent practitioners and future leaders of healthcare change


  • Delivered entirely online
  • A blend of online learning methods such as; recorded video lectures, discussion forums and live question and answer sessions
  • Elective modules are available in 2nd and 3rd year (if fully taught option).
  • Dissertation or fully taught option in 3rd Year (conduct a small critical care-related project and select up to four elective options from a range of critical care-related courses from across the University of Edinburgh.)

Exit qualifications

  • After one successful year: Certificate in Critical Care
  • After two successful years: Diploma in Critical Care
  • After three successful years: MSc in Critical Care

Individual courses are also available to study as a Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) option. Successful completion of a PPD course allows you to gain academic credit which can be transferred towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, or Masters.

To find out how to apply and for more information visit the University of Edinburgh website. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the course, please email


MSc Critical Care Scholarship Awards

Year Number of awards
2019 3
2020 5
2021 4
2022 6
2023 4


Check scholarship eligibility and apply online


In March 2024 we delivered a free webinar about this MSc, the MSc in Internal Medicine, and RCPE Scholarships available. Watch the recording.