Taught course

Master of Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practice)

Northumbria University · Health

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree and a relevant professional qualification.

Applicants must be Trust employees. As this is a seconded role, all candidates will be interviewed by the seconding Trust and the University.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Clinical Practice programme incorporates the Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practice) and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Skills, and is only available to Trust employees appointed into the role of Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

The Master of Clinical Practice reflects a unique focus on mastery of clinical (health care practice) theory and skills, and unlike other postgraduate courses it requires an assessment of clinical competence on which the award is contingent. As a result, the breadth of knowledge introduced will be limited when compared to existing MSc or MA courses within postgraduate studies, and focused instead on knowledge that is imperative for clinical practice. For these reasons this links postgraduate study to clinical work.

The course addresses the requirement to provide a Masters award that includes new clinical skills to prepare for a role as a new type of health professional. A substantial part of the course is devoted to the development of specific skills and the remainder accommodates the acquisition of a bio-medical and practice related knowledge base required for the role. For this reason, research and other forms of evidence are integrated within the practitioner specific modules and within clinical practice.

The duration of the Master of Clinical Practice is three years. The Postgraduate Diploma will be full-time over two years. The final (dissertation) year will be undertaken on a part-time basis. The changing nature of healthcare provision has created new roles within critical care units. These developments are in response to variations in recruitment and retention patterns for medical staff, and the impact of the European Working Time Directive. The Advanced Practitioner role is a new non-medical role in critical care. The role is designed to make significant contribution to the care and management of critically ill patients and their families.

Students will engage theory and practice within modules that adopt an integrated approach to teaching and learning in the development of skills and practice knowledge.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    3 years (two years full-time with the final year undertaken on a part-time basis).

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900