Clinical Medicine — Intensive Care

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.36 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12 k / Year(s) Deadline: Mar 31, 2025
6 place StudyQA ranking:3889 Duration:2 years

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This two-year combined clinical, academic, and vocational programme is designed for senior trainees and new consultants in intensive care medicine. It will enhance your specialist skills and broaden your understanding of healthcare education, research, and leadership.

The programme is built for aspiring tertiary centre intensive care medicine subspecialists, with explicitly individualised training focused on your areas of interest and personal development goals.

The Clinical Medicine Programme has been developed by Cambridge University Health Partners, the Academic Health Sciences Centre, and the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

It comprises the following elements:

Master of Studies (MSt) in Clinical Medicine

A part-time Master's degree, credentialed by the University of Cambridge, which provides clinical and academic training in subspecialty Intensive Care Medicine.

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Medicine

A part-time, modular Postgraduate Certificate course, credentialed by the University of Cambridge, which provides training in clinical education, clinical leadership, and clinical research.


A vocational, non-award bearing Helmsmanship (Healthcare Education, Leadership and Management) course delivered by Cambridge University Health Partners and the Judge Business School, which aims to develop the non-clinical skills required for consultant appointments.

The programme includes a two-year rotation between the three adult intensive care units in Cambridge.

  • John V Farman Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Neurosciences and Trauma Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Papworth Hospital

Each of these busy, state-of-the-art units has its own subspecialist interests, and between them they cover the full range of subspecialty adult intensive care. All three units have significant and unique research interests, and are affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

Year 1: Postgraduate Certificate modules

  • Module 1: Clinical Research
  • Module 2: Clinical Education
  • Module 3: Clinical Leadership

Years 1 and 2: Intensive care modules

  • Module 1: Sub-specialty Intensive Care Medicine
  • Module 2: Intensive Care Medicine at Cambridge
  • Module 3: Research in Intensive Care Medicine

Dates to be confirmed.


Students are assessed throughout the taught modules of the programme using a variety of techniques and interrelated strategies including evidence of regular reflection. Demonstration of active participation in the programme will be required. There may also be a requirement for the students to take part in peer review of other students.

Applications are invited from Specialty Registrars (ST6 or above) or equivalent, and newly appointed consultants.

Successful applicants will work as senior clinical fellows in the Cambridge intensive care units for the duration of their studies. If you are not currently employed by CUH or Papworth Hospitals, you should apply for a Senior Clinical Fellow post in intensive care medicine. Posts will be reserved for successful MSt applicants and further information will be available soon.

Applicants to the programme are normally expected to a hold a 2.i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university. There is provision to accept applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion. Such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course.

All applicants to the programme are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme (IELTS Academic test scores of: overall band score of 7.5, with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening, writing and reading). The language requirements will be reviewed in light of changes to the General Medical Council’s English language requirements.

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