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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)

This Advanced Clinical Practice masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice.

Within this the Critical Care masters pathway is designed for you if you are a UK, EU or international registered healthcare practitioner with experience working within the field of critical care.

The pathway is developed in response to ongoing national and international debate on the modernisation of critical care services and roles.

If you wish to become an advanced critical care practitioner this programme is ideal.  You need to have already undertaken a foundation post registration intensive/critical care module or equivalent, and to be keen to further advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in critical care practice.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care) is designed for experienced critical care practitioners who are seeking to deepen their underpinning knowledge and understanding in the field of critical care. The course will prepare you to become a more senior practitioner within your chosen field. The programme covers core learning in relation to research and evidence based practice, and a specialist module in advanced critical care practice. There are also opportunities to undertake modules in assessment, diagnosis and non medical prescribing. In addition, those working at or towards advanced practitioner roles within the UK can elect to study a programme alligned to the newly agreed standards set out by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Programme Overview

Level: 7

Duration: One to two years full time (normally a minimum of 15 months); two to five years part time.

In this Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care MSc you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice, and specifically in relation to advanced practice in critical care
  • 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 critical care.
  • Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical expert and/or leader in your chosen field of critical care practice
View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can register to undertake this Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care masters degree online using our online application form

For further course information contact the programme leader:
Dr Helen Rushforth

or pathway leader:

Dr David Voegeli


In addition to registering for the degree, 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 programme.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate diploma - 60 ECTS* normally six taught modules

MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS dissertation

*All 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 Post Graduate Diploma therefore 60 ECTS.

Key Facts

If you have not achieved a first degree, you may be considered for admission to the programme if you are an experienced practitioner, and can consequently demonstrate that you have acquired suitable experience and supportive qualifications.



Commonwealth Scholarship promotion

There are a limited number of scholarships available for this course.  More information about the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Awards 2014/15 and how to apply can be found on their website

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The entry requirements for the Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care masters degree pathway are:

  • A first degree (2:2 Hons or above) or equivalent* in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
  • A current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body or equivalent. (For the advanced practitioner/specialist practice pathways professional registration with a UK professional regulator will be required)
  • A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
  • At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience (including undertaken of post qualification foundation education in critical care or equivalent).
  • 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.

Premasters programme

Premasters programme available for those who do not meet the current entry.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The Advanced Clinical Practice Critical Care Pathway modules are listed below.  To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

Year 1

Students on this pathway will take the core modules shown below (100 credits) including a choice of three dissertations. The choice of further modules, totalling 80 credits, will be made up from a choice from three required modules and option module.

Required modules:

Students must undertake HLTH6086 Advancing Practice in Critical Care as well as two other required modules from the selection below.

Option modules:

There is also one option module (20 credits)

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 or website).

Learning & Assessment


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 University:

StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentIn 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.
EquipmentIT: 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.
ClothingIn 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.
PlacementsIn 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 or their sponsors will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the placement and in some cases accommodation near the placement setting. Such placements would require indemnity insurance, vaccinations and DBS clearance - the cost of this may be covered within course fees, or may be passed on to the student. Which is the case will be made clear to students/sponsors at the time such placements are agreed - well before programme commencement.
OtherOptional 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.
OtherParking 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

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