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Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

Develop your professional skills and knowledge to a high level of competence on this Advanced Critical Care Practitioner MSc at the University of Southampton. Successfully completing this Level 7 training course will allow you to apply for membership with The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an advanced critical care practitioner. 

This pathway is accredited by Health Education England's Centre for Advancing Practice. Completion of HEE accredited programmes/pathways is set to become one of the benchmark routes to recognition for Advanced Clinical Practitioners, and accreditation is also designed to  ensure a consistent level of programme quality across England

You’ll study within the School of Health Sciences: ranked 2nd in the UK and 6th in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

This Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) master’s course is for experienced registered practitioners currently working within a UK healthcare setting. 

The course will support your ongoing development in your chosen specialist area. It will allow you to take a leading role in the provision of high-quality, evidence-based critical care, helping to monitor and treat patients with life-threatening conditions. 

Led by our expert academics you’ll: 

  • examine role development in relation to advanced critical care practitioner 
  • explore how to apply evidence to your field of practice 
  • examine the use of advanced practice, communication and decision-making skills 
  • develop new or enhanced clinical skills relevant to your professional role within advanced critical care 
  • build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become an expert or leader in your specialism 

The course is built around the 4 pillars of advanced practice:  

  • advanced clinical practice 
  • leadership 
  • education 
  • research

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for about 2 years and will not need to write a dissertation

You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Dr Francine O'Malley is your course leader. Visit Dr O'Malley’s staff profile to learn more about her work.

Your lead on the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner pathway, Yvonne Strathdee is a Senior Teaching Fellow. 

Related pathways

We offer 3 other pathways on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course:


Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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