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Are you a healthcare professional working in the pre-hospital arena, wishing to expand your knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making, within critical care? This unique pathway has been specifically developed to target the national need for specialist practice in pre-hospital critical care. It includes the educational development of pre-hospital care providers in independent patient stabilisation and subsequent primary, delayed primary and secondary retrieval and transfer.

Key features

Applications for the 2018/19 cohort are now closed. For information regarding applications for September 2019 please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions team.

  • Benefit from a programme which is highly practically orientated and outcome focused in both educational and assessment strategies. Our curriculum has been developed through an expert collaboration of Plymouth University healthcare professional academics in close association with Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) clinical specialists.
  • Complete the full-time programme in a year or balance your commitments over three years with our part-time study option.
  • Attend multiple unique workshops, practical skills sessions and simulation activities.
  • Develop Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) knowledge and cutting edge skills such as video laryngoscopy and ultrasound skills.
  • Engage in quality improvement, knowledge creation and dissemination of best practice through publication and presentation.
  • Use of blended learning as a mode of delivery incorporating study blocks and distance learning technologies.
  • Seize the opportunity to develop and apply advanced knowledge and skills to your area of clinical practice. Our teaching faculty includes consultants from a wide array of civilian and military acute care specialties (pre-hospital, emergency medicine, anaesthesia, intensive care) working alongside specialist critical care and air ambulance paramedics and expert educationalists.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from non-EU overseas students for this programme as it does not comply with the current Tier 4 visa requirements.

Course details

Programme overview

You will study the principles and practice of advanced airway assessment and management, advanced breathing assessment and management, advanced circulation assessment and management, and advanced neurological assessment and management. Gain an intimate understanding of brain anatomy and physiology in relation to brain injury, advance your knowledge of pain management, and learn the principles and practices of delivering critical care to specialist patient groups.

To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits - you’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.

Core modules

  • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
  • ADV715 Project Design for Research
  • ADV716 Research Dissertation
  • ADV729 Critical Care Management - Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  • ADV730 Critical Care Management - Neurological, Environmental and Special Patient Groups
  • ADV731 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 1
  • ADV732 Advanced Clinical Reasoning for the Critical Care Patient
  • ADV733 Retrieval and Transfer of a Critical Care Patient Within Special Situations
  • ADV734 Pre-hospital Critical Care Passport Competencies 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Pre Hospital Critical Care Retrieval and Transfer pathway specification 5690

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.


Visit the Pre-Hospital Critical Care/Retrieval and Transfer - MSc page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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