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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 student to apply for associate membership with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) as an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner.

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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.

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Overview

Level: 7

Duration: Twelve to eighteen months full time (up to two years for programme completion), two to five years part time.

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 chosed field of advanced critical care

View the programme specification document for this course

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 programme leader:

Dr Helen Rushforth

Email: her@soton.ac.uk

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.  You are eligible to study one or two modules 'stand alone' if you wish before registering for the degree pathway.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate diploma - 60 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 new 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

Entry Requirements

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).
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than a 6.0 in each component.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Modules

Typical course content

The Advanced Clinical Practice Advanced Critical Care Practitioner Pathway modules are listed below.  To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences/cpd/courses.page

CORE

HLTH6059 Dissertation

HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice

HLTH6181 Diagnostic Assessment and Decision Making (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

HLTH6183 Transition to Advanced Practice (Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

Required

HLTH6182 Advanced Critical Care Practice

HLTH6120 Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management

HLTH6121 Principles of History Taking and Physical Assessment

Optional (Required for those seeking FICM Associate Membership or others wishing to be non medical prescribers)

HLTH6108 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: Prescribing in Practice

 

 

Year 1

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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