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 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
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.
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.
We offer 3 other pathways on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice course:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
- a 2:2 degree in a clinical, health or science subject
- current registration with a relevant UK professional body
- at least 2 years’ relevant post-registration clinical experience
- a current job contract in a clinical or related setting
- up to 2 references
Additional criteria apply if you're seeking membership of The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM). For more information, contact us or visit the FICM website.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This part-time-only master’s course runs for 2 to 5 years, allowing you the flexibility to continue working alongside your studies.
If you apply for the PGDip, you’ll study 6 taught modules. If you apply for the full MSc, you’ll study 6 taught modules and complete a dissertation.
Most taught modules require you to be at the University for 5 to 6 days, typically for 1 day a week. Some modules require up to 10 days’ attendance.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For details of your module options on this pathway, download the programme specification in the 'About this course' section.
There is no overall fee for this course. You'll pay for individual modules as you book them.
You can find more information about the costs of each module and the module application process on our CPD course page.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- lectures and seminars
- group activities
- workplace-based learning
- facilitated clinical skills practice
- supervised study
- independent learning
We’ll assess you through:
- case studies
- written exams
- simulated assessments
- practice-based assessment
- clinical portfolio
- a dissertation
If you’re taking the full MSc, you’ll research and write a dissertation on a subject relevant to your current or future area of practice. You can submit your final dissertation in one of the following formats:
- a literature review
- a service improvement project (including audit)
- an empirical project
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
This qualification will allow you to apply for membership of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an advanced critical care practitioner.
You'll be able to work as an advanced critical care practitioner in a critical care unit or similar environment.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
On this course you'll pay for each module as you study it.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We may invite you to an interview, which will take place by phone if you live abroad. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000