MSc EMS (Immediate Care)

Graduate Training for Healthcare Providers in EMS

Applications are now open for September 2016. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st March. 

The programme is open to Registered doctors, nurses and advanced paramedics with experience of working in the field of pre-hospital care. Paramedics with a relevant primary degree and registered with the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council may be considered on a case by case basis.

General practitioners who provide emergency pre-hospital care and and doctors in this field with an interest working as medical advisors in this area may find the course of particular interest. All participants will build on and contribute their existing clinical expertise and experience to the development of an effective inter-professional approach to patient care in this most demanding of settings.

Year one of the programme will introduce candidates to the core competencies required to manage medical and trauma emergencies in both adults and children in the pre-hospital phase of care. Therapeutics, skills training and care in special circumstances, including aspects of retrieval care, will be included in this phase.

Year two will include critical appraisal skills, a research dissertation and a clinical placement involving delivery of advanced pre-hospital emergency care.

The face to face components of the course will mainly be at UCD, these sessions will be held over various weekends and 0.5 - 1.0 day at the Schools of Medicine in UCD campus.

MSc EMS (IC) 2016 (pdf)

Learning Outcomes


  • Core A&P in health and disease
  • The challenges of professional practice in healthcare
  • Core therapeutics and pharmacology for advanced pre-hospital care All PHECC CPGs, CPG-As, CPG-Ms, formularies
  • Basic and advanced emergency care in illness and injury
  • Knowledge of the healthcare system and the factors which affect the interfaces between services major incident management
  • Important influences on healthcare delivery in society Core research methods (MSc group) Transfer and retrieval medicine

Application of Knowledge

  • Integrating clinical assessments with available treatment options to select the appropriate care strategy
  • Ensuring that the highest ethical and professional standards are adhered to
  • Collecting accurate data for continuous personal and service audit purposes
  • Ensuring that patient care is at all times the primary objective of the service provided
  • Competence in all relevant skill sets Completion of a research dissertation (MSc group)


  • Clinical assessment of patients of all ages and backgrounds in urgent care settings
  • Initial decision making on every problem presented Selection of appropriate pharmacologic, interventional and other care strategies relevant to Advanced Paramedic practice
  • Recognising personal and professional limits

Communication and skills

  • Excellent consultation skills
  • Ability to work competently under pressure
  • Team working and leadership ability
  • Team working in unfamiliar settings and groups
  • Interaction with other healthcare agencies and emergency services
  • Provision of mentorship and support to colleagues


  • Commitment to Continuous Professional Development
  • Commitment to clinical audit systems
  • Understanding the crucial role of research in healthcare
  • Integrating new science and healthcare developments to the field
  • Clinical supervision of colleagues in certain circumstances

Entry Criteria

  • Medical practitioners currently registered with the Medical Council and in possession of medical indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course (for MSc EMS)
  • Paramedics with a primary degree and registered with the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council may apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Nurses currently registered with An Bord Altranais and in possession of medical indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course (for MSc EMS)
  • Advanced Paramedics currently registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and in possession of indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course (for MScEMS)


  • have attained a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (minimum score of 6 in any given band) or 600 on TOEFL (250+ computer-based; 100+ iTB score, with test of written english at 475+). All test results must be less than 2 years old relative to the year of entry to the programme. This is necessary to ensure that prospective students can manage the academic workload of the programme and communicate effectively in the clinical placement environment.
  • Hold Irish visa entry requirements at the time of application
  • Pay full fees at time of registration for the subsequent academic year.

Application Details

Applications must be made on-line at

Contact Us

UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science, Health Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4

Email: | Tel: 01 716 6665 / 01 716 6666


  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees can be paid in installments.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.