Duration: Twelve to eight months full time (up to two years for programme completion; two to five years part time.
In this MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - (Critical Care) 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 (Honours 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.
- A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area i.e. within a critical care setting.
- At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience (including having undertaken 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.
Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study
The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is available to help international students to prepare and successfully complete this masters programme
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.
HLTH6115 Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice
HLTH6074 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making (must be preceded by Principles of History Taking and Physical Assessment
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
HLTH6128 Transition to Advanced Practice (Standard, Children & Young People, Critical Care and Midwifery pathways)
HLTH6086 Advancing Practice in Critical Care
Plus a choice of two of the following
HLTH6078 Contemporary Advances in Cardiology
NQCG3110 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Part 2: Prescribing in Practice
HLTH6120 Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management
HLTH6121 Principles of History Taking and Physical Assessment
HLTH6130 Work Based Learning 40 Credits or open Module - 20 Credits/10ECTS (or 40 credits/20ECTS in lieu of selecting two required module choices)
If you wish to become an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner you will be guided to follow a modified version of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practitioner pathway. Please see the 'Modules' tab on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced [Nurse] Practitioner) page.
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).
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:
|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.|
|Placements||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 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.|
|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.