University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Health Studies (Advanced Practice in Acute and Critical Care)

The course is designed for healthcare practitioners working with people of all ages experiencing acute and/or critical illness and/or injury within the acute healthcare setting. It provides a deeper understanding of the principles and practice that influence the assessment, care and management of the acutely or critically ill person.The course offers students the ability to develop their clinical skills specifically related to their area of practice, as well as providing them with the opportunity to gain the independent nurse prescriber qualification.

Entry requirements

Health or social care practitioners should be registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Currently work in an acute or critical care area of practice. Have an Honours degree at 2.2 or above, have studied at Honours level or can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard. Other qualifications and experience are considered on an individual case basis.

Course modules

Modules include: assessment of the acutely/critically ill adult; critical appraisal of research literature; project (health related); policy and advanced professional practice; practice development; research project preparation. Optional modules: independent and supplementary nurse prescribing assessment; care and management of acute/critical illness or injury.

Assessment methods

Assessment involves a variety of methods including action plans, simulation based examinations, written examinations, learning contracts, reports and written essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,800 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 800 per Credit module (home fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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