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Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care) (MSc)

Warwick Medical School
3 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Birmingham, Warwick

Program description

Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care) (MSc)

This course is primarily aimed at doctors, nurses and paramedics caring for critically ill patients.

This course aims to prepare health care professionals to work at a senior clinical decision making level across a number of clinical settings.

The structure of the course will enable the non-medical clinicians to undertake a full systems examination (Child and Adult) and to develop the knowledge and skills to clinically and critically interpret results of tests and investigations.

A flexible, modular structure allows you to study over a three years period starting with the PG Certificate in the first year, then progressing to the PG Diploma in the second and then going on to the MSc stage in the third. Most modules can also be taken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Award.

Taught by senior practising clinicians and health care professionals, this is an interactive program where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.

Admission requirements

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed primarily at doctors, nurses, paramedics and AHPs who work within acute, emergency and critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units and Ambulance Services. It is ideal for those practitioners who are developing their scope of practice towards an autonomous role.

Applicants who have successfully completed a non-medical prescribing course at another UK HEI and have registered this qualification with their professional body will automatically be granted Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of 40 CATS points towards the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module in year 2. Applicants will be required to provide original evidence of their qualification and professional registration of this qualification.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should:

  • be in a clinical post at Band 6 or above in a trainee ACP post or similar
  • have current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health Care Professionals Council or Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Hold a BSc degree at 2nd class level, or evidence of Level 7 study.

Those without the academic qualifications will have a telephone interview with the course director for a special case request to be made.

English language requirements: Band A with specific component scores of 6.5 in reading and writing.

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Program content

PG Certificate:

  • Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Skills for Health Care Professionals
  • Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare

PG Diploma:

The PG Certificate modules above plus:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing - module available from September 2020
  • Critical Care Transfer


The PG Certificate and Diploma modules above plus:

  • Professional Project
  • One optional module

Most modules can also be taken as a standalone Postgraduate Award.

Optional modules

  • Advanced Emergency Practice
  • Special Incident Management
  • Essentials of Clinical Education
  • Introduction to Leadership and Management in Health Care Contexts
  • Work-based Learning

Scholarships & funding

There are several scholarship schemes available to postgraduate students. For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees


  • Fee per 20 CATS module - £1,330
  • Professional project - £2,680
  • Dissertation - £4,010
  • Postgraduate Certificate - £4,010
  • Postgraduate Diploma - £8,020


  • MSc Advanced Critical Care Practice (PT Fee Per module) - £3,020

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About this institute

Warwick Medical School

Established in 2000, Warwick Medical School (WMS) forms part of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine at the University of Warwick. We are home to the UK's largest graduate-entry MB ChB programme and have two undergraduate courses on offer,...

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Warwick Medical School

University of Warwick
CV4 7AL Coventry
United Kingdom

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