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Advanced Critical Care Practice


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 programme where you will learn through seminars, group work and individual study.

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.

Course structure:

Part Time Structure:
Year 1 (Postgraduate Certificate): Take two core modules and one optional core module
Module name CATS Core/option Dates
NT901 Postgraduate Induction and Your Professional Development 5 Core TBD
MD938 Critical Care: Advanced Emergency Practice
20 Core TBD
MD 939 Critical Care: Critical Care Transfer 20 Core TBD
MD940 Critical Care: Pre-Hospital Special Incident Management 20 Optional core TBD
MD981 Clinical Investigations and Diagnostics for Healthcare Professionals 20 Optional core TBC
Year 2 (Postgraduate Diploma): Take one core module and 40 CATs of optional modules
Module name CATS Core/option Dates
MH923/MD915: Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal in Healthcare
20 Core TBD
MD982: Clinical Examination Skills for Healthcare Professionals 40 Optional core TBD
MD910 Health Care Ethics 20 Optional Core TBD
MD987 Community-Based Care (20 CATS) 20 Optional Core TBD
Year 3 (MSc): Take two core modules
 Module name  CATS  Core/option Dates
PC950 Professional Project 40 Core TBD
MH928 Introduction to Management in Health Care Organisations 20 Core TBD


Entry requirements:

First degree (2:2) or equivalent and current registration as a healthcare professional alongside four years post-registration experience. Applicants will need to be currently employed or have access to clinical placements that will support development of clinical skills during the course of the modules. Applicants will need to have access to clinical and educational mentorship support.
Applicants without a degree may be admitted to a Postgraduate Award, and could potentially progress to an MSc upon successful completion of the Award.

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

Teaching methods:

This is an interactive programme. You will learn through lectures and seminars, practical group work and guided reading. You will benefit from guided discussions and have the opportunity to practise the skills you have learnt during the sessions.


Assessment for each module can be seen by looking at the relevant module page but typically consists of written essays of 4,000 words each, a clinical portfolio and/or a case-based examination. The Professional Project is assessed by a 4,000 word project report and a poster presentation.


Key Facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio/ Claire Runaghan

Course Leaders:
Sarah Quinton


MSc: 3 years part time
PG Dip: 2 years part time
PG Cert: 1 year part time

Study mode: Part-time

Location of study: University of Warwick and Birmingham

Interview with course director

Course calendar


How To Apply