MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)
Having the correct set of skills is never more vital than in critical care, split second decisions need to be made on a daily basis and this course arms you with the knowledge you need to save lives every day and push your career further. The Advanced Clinical Practice Masters course 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Typical entry requirements
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 available for those who do not meet the current entry.
Typical course content
The Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care MSc modules are as follows:
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.
Students must undertake HLTH6086 Advancing Practice in Critical Care as well as two other required modules from the selection below.
There is also one option module (20 credits)
- Advancing Practice in Critical Care
- Contemporary Advances in Cardiology
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Part 2: Prescribing in Practice
- Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management
- Principles of History taking and Physical Assessment
- Work Based Learning - 40 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 and teaching
The pass mark on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care degree pathway is 50%.
Taught modules typically require attendance at 5 to 6 taught days, although some modules may require attendance of between 7 and 10 days.
Teaching is usually one day per week for the duration of the module.
The two core modules 'Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice' and the dissertation are taught via blended learning with 4 days attendance at action learning groups supported by on-line learning.
It is also possible to study a single or double work based learning module requiring one days attendance combined with learning in the workplace and self directed learning. Minimum attendance on the Advanced Clinical Practice - Critical Care masters pathway is therefore around 26 days over 2 to 5 years - but around 35 days is more usual, and up to 50 days may be required depending on module choice.
Assessment methods depend on module choice but are likely to include essays, case studies, examinations, simulated assessments, practice based assessment, a clinical portfolio and the dissertation. For your dissertation you have a choice of three options:
- Evidence based practice (similar to a systematic review)
- Empirical study (undertaking a piece of empirical research)
- Practice inquiry (reflective systematic exploration of your own practice).