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MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

This Advanced Clinical Practice masters provides an academic underpinning that meets the contemporary challenges of advanced clinical practice. This is a pathway through the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice which enables the successful, eligible student to apply for membership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

Studying at Southampton also means you'll be learning in a School ranked 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities for nursing and midwifery (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21).

Introducing your degree

The aim of the programme is to support your ongoing development as a knowledgeable and skilful practitioner in your specialist area. On successful completion of this award you will be enabled to assume a leading role in the provision of high quality, evidence based health and social care which is underpinned by a robust and scientific theoretical knowledge base.

IV wires

Level: 7

Duration: Two years part time study (normally) for the Post Graduate Diploma and up to five years for the MSc.

In the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner) you will:

  • Examine role development in relation to advanced practice, and specifically in relation to the role of advanced critical care practitioner
  • 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 advanced 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 advanced critical care

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

You can register to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice programme online using our online application form.

For further course information contact the pathway lead Dr Sue Faulds:

In addition to registering for the masters in advanced clinical practice, if you study part time you will also need to register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. 

Programme Structure

Postgraduate diploma - 90 ECTS* normally six taught modules

MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS Dissertation

*All MSc Advanced Clinical Practice modules are credited using the 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 postgraduate diploma is 60 ECTS


Student Sonya is among the first cohort to complete the Advanced Critical Care Practitioner training: “As an ICU nurse I wanted to progress in my career but wanted to remain in a clinically focused role rather than move towards management. This course gave me the opportunity to develop my practice to meet the requirements set by the FICM to become an ACCP." More on Sonya's story here.

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The entry requirements for the Advanced Clinical Practice - Advanced Critical Care Practitioner masters degree pathway are:

  • A first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
  • A current professional registration with a relevant UK professional/statutory body e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professions Council.
  • A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
  • At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience.
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required).






This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

 Module codeModule title
1. HLTH6207 History Taking and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan Level 7  
2. HLTH6205 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making  
3. HLTH6219 OR
Pharmacology and prescribing in Clinical Practice OR 
Applied Pharmacology for Clinical Practice
4. HLTH6224 OR
Research methods OR
Research methods Evidence Based Practice (online)
5. HLTH6232 Advanced Critical Care Practice
6. HLTH6229 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Allied Health Practitioner)
7. HLTH6213 MSc Dissertation 18 month

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).

Tuition fees

The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice can only be studied part time and all the module fees are paid on a 'pay as you study basis' as each module is booked. There is no fee for applying to undertake the programme. Full information regarding the costs of each module and the module application process can be found on the CPD Course page.

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)MSc2020Full-time£9,250not offered
Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)MSc2020Part-time£4,625not offered
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentIn 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.
EquipmentIT: 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.
ClothingIn 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.
OtherOptional 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.
OtherParking 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

The pass mark on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Advanced Critical Care Practitioner 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.

Minimum attendance on the Advanced Clinical Practice - Advanced Critical Care Practitioner masters pathway is therefore around 30-35 days, 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)
  • Service improvement project

Study locations

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