Duration: Twelve to eighteen months full time (up to two years for programme completion), two to five years part time.
In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) you will:
- Examine role development in relation to advanced practice, and specifically in relation to the role of advanced critical care practitioner
- Examine the nature and use of advanced practice, communication and decision-making skills
- Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence to your field of practice
- Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills in relation to your professional role within advanced critical care
- Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical expert and/or leader in your chosed field of advanced critical care
View the programme specification document for this course
You can register to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme online using our online application form
For further course information contact the programme leader:
Dr Helen Rushforth
In addition to registering for the masters in advanced clinical practice, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand alone' if you wish before registering for the degree pathway.
Postgraduate diploma - 60 ECTS* normally six taught modules
MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS Dissertation
*All MSc Advanced Clinical Practice modules are credited using the new European Credit Transfer system (ECTS) which replaces the former Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS). 10 ECTS = 20 CATS. A masters degree is therefore 90 ECTS and a postgraduate diploma is 60 ECTS
Typical entry requirements
The entry requirements for the Advanced Clinical Practice - Advanced Critical Care Practitioner masters degree pathway are:
- A first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
- A current professional registration with a relevant UK professional/statutory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professions Council.
- A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
- At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience.
- At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required).
- Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.
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Typical course content
The Advanced Clinical Practice Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Pathway modules are listed below. To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
HLTH6181 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)
HLTH6183 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)
HLTH6182 Advanced Critical Care Practice
HLTH6120 Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management
HLTH6121 Principles of History Taking and Physical Assessment
Optional (Required for those seeking FICM Associate Membership or others wishing to be non medical prescribers)
HLTH6108 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: Prescribing in Practice
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile. Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required equipment will be available to them. However some modules may require equipment not routinely available; the most frequently needed equipment (essential for all students on the advanced practitioner pathways) is a good quality stethoscope.|
|Equipment||IT: Use of IT equipment is essential within this course. All students will have access to University based computer suites but most students will prefer to have access to their own computer (laptop or desktop). Access to a suitable word processing package (e.g. Microsoft word), teaching materials package (e.g. Powerpoint) and spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel) will be required. If University computers are used these will be available on the University machines, but students will require memory sticks for saving downloaded materials and storage backup.|
|Clothing||In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students may be responsible for purchasing their own uniform including suitable footwear. This will need to be to a design stipulated by the host placement.|
|Other||Optional visits: Some modules may include optional visits to exhibitions, professional study days, professional body events (e.g. events hosted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council). You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
|Other||Parking costs: Students will be expected to meet their own parking costs for attendance at University. These costs will vary depending on the location of the teaching session - current University Main Campus visiting car parking costs are £1.10 per hour. Limited free parking may be available in nearby streets but is at the students own risk.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.