In this BSc in Medical Sciences with Anaesthesia and Critical Care, you will address the major issues within Intensive Care and anaesthesia, within some of the most research active departments in the U.K. In the first module you will explore the mechanisms by which both anaesthesia and critical illness produce profound derangements in physiology and how the immune response drives these changes. You will explore how our scientific knowledge relates to clinical practice pertaining to current peri-operative and critical care standards and guidelines.

The second module focuses on the fundamentals of the research process and the skills required to undertake research activities. Specialism-specific knowledge will be the vehicle for practising these skills, whilst gaining an in-depth knowledge in a specific field.

The third and final module aims to provide you with an introduction to the research process, prior to your research project. You will be exposed to each step of the process, building your research knowledge and skills alongside acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the specialism. The assessments utilise typical research skills, whilst probing depth of specialism-specific knowledge.

Aims and objectives

  • Explain the mechanisms by which normal physiological function is disrupted by anaesthesia and during critical illness.
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action of anaesthetic and analgesic agents and their potential to influence pathological processes.
  • Relate scientific knowledge to clinical practice pertaining to current peri-operative and critical care standards and guidelines.
  • Explore how novel methodologies, such as omics data and machine learning, can improve the management of critically ill patients through personalised medicine.
  • Critically appraise literature, synthesise current evidence and opinion, and identify evidence gaps.
  • Discuss limitations of research methodologies (bias, confounding, validity, reliability, chance) and understand their implications on methodology, analysis and sample size
  • Communicate scientific concepts, in writing and in speech, for a range of audiences eg: academic and lay writing and presentations

Further Information and Application Guidance

With the exception of BSc Management and BSc Biomedical Engineering, all of Imperial College's intercalated BSc courses run from September until May. The courses comprise a 12 week teaching block where the students gain specialism-specific knowledge and skills, alongside their research training of core research knowledge and skills. All students also perform a 15 week research project within their specialism.

More information about applying for/undertaking an intercalated BSc course at Imperial College London and also the structure of our courses can be found in the downloadable Imperial College London Intercalated BSc Guide - 2022-23 Entry (PDF).

If you have any queries about the application process, please email the Faculty Education Office (BSc Team) at