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

Master of Science
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

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. 

You’ll study within the School of Health Sciences: ranked 9th in the world and 3rd in the UK for nursing and midwifery (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021). 

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.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Helen Rushforth. She has a background in child health nursing and advanced clinical practice. Visit Dr Helen Rushforth’s staff profile to learn more about her work.


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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