Advanced clinical reasoning for the critical care patient (masters level) (ADV732)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will allow you to explore in depth the theoretical underpinning knowledge needed to justify a range of clinical decisions, including the inter-arrest/post cardiac arrest scenario.

You will develop and appraise the advanced knowledge and skills required to support clinical decision making when managing a range of critical care patients within the pre-hospital environment by building on your existing knowledge and experience in critical care. 

This will also enable you to re-define and critically evaluate your knowledge and skills in key aspects of advanced life support and resuscitation.  

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • propose and justify advanced assessment and management plans for a wide variety of critically ill or injured patients, encountered within a pre-hospital environment
  • refine the advanced inter-arrest and post return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) management, required in pre-hospital critical care
  • critically appraise the pharmacological interventions currently available for pre-hospital critical care and discuss any potential pharmacological interventions available in the future
  • draw upon a range of clinical decision making theory to make reasoned, safe and ethical clinical decisions.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. an examination containing objective test questions

2. a viva voce practical assessment, based around unseen clinical case scenarios.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit)

Module dates

13 October, 9, 10 November and 8, 9 December 2021.

There will be self directed learning between 13 October and 8 November 2021. 

The university is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. 

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. 

Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

This module can be studied as a standalone professional development module or as a core module towards the MSc Pre-Hospital Critical Care/Retrieval and Transfer pathway of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake this module as part of a professional development pathway must be:

  • a registered practitioner working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the module learning outcomes
  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at degree level.

Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 academic year



Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.