Taught course

Advanced Clinical Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Lower second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University; registration with a professional body; at least two years relevant post-registration clinical experience. At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required). Additional criteria apply if you are seeking membership with the Faculty of intensive care Medicine, please contact the pathway lead and see the FICM wbsite for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed around the needs of experienced critical care practitioners looking to further develop practice and/or prepare for clinical practice roles at a senior level. It will enable you to strengthen your existing knowledge, skills and competencies while also preparing you for roles that require greater autonomy, responsibility and more complex clinical decision-making.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.

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

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12-18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 5500