MSc EMS (Immediate Care) 2019

The MSc EMS (Immediate Care) develops knowledge and skills in Immediate Care with emphasis on assessment, diagnosis and management of trauma and medical emergencies in adult and paediatric patients.

  • A child starts to seize in the waiting room …
  • During an out-of-hours call, a man in his 60’s has a cardiac arrest …
  • On your drive to work, a cyclist is knocked down and has a serious head injury …
  • You are taking on voluntary sports or emergency care work within your community …
  • Your post routinely involves urgent care or sometimes emergency care


This course will prepare and support colleagues to provide pre-hospital care in these and other emergencies. Alongside these clinical challenges, we face systems issues such as organisation, teamwork, the evidence behind our care and the pace of rapid change in the nature of this care – all issues tackled by the programme.

Who should take this course?

  • This course is aimed at healthcare professionals whose role involves pre-hospital emergency care
  • 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

See links below for further detials

Full course brochure can be downloaded here   MSc EMS (IC)_2019_full brochure_updated July 2019



Course Overview


The two-year programme blends academic, practical and experiential components and is structured to meet the needs of providers within the Irish health system.

Candidates may avail of the exit award of Professional Diploma EMS (Immediate Care) upon successful completion of Semester 1 modules - see details below

We use a range of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, skills teaching, scenarios and portfolio systems.  

Just as importantly, we build on the experience of those taking and delivering the programme to address the challenges and opportunities in this key area of care in the community.

This inter-disciplinary, innovative programme is designed to enhance the skillsets of health care professionals/registered practitioners who are regularly involved in pre-hospital emergency care.

Candidates will develop their knowledge and skills in Immediate Care with an emphasis on the assessment, diagnosis and management of trauma and medical emergencies in adult and paediatric patients. 

Systems issues and the evidence base for EMS will contribute significantly to the programme.

Professional Diploma

Professional Diploma EMS (Immediate Care) - Semester 1 Exit Award

Candidates may avail of the exit award of Professional Diploma EMS (Immediate Care) upon successful completion of Semester 1 modules
Module 1: Prehospital Emergency Care (15 credits)
Module 2: EMS Therapeutics (15 credits)
Fees for the Professional Diploma: €2940
If you are interested in availing of the Professional Diploma please contact / 01 7166641

Programme Features



  • Determinants of high-quality pre-hospital emergency care
  • The full range of drug treatments and other therapies commonly used in pre-hospital emergency care
  • innovation and emerging roles and responsibilities
  • Critical appraisal and familiarity with common research methods
  • The evidence base for current and emerging clinical
  • Plan, prepare and complete a piece of primary research in EMS (Minor Thesis) in year 2
  • Professional Diploma in EMS (IC) offered to students exiting the programme on completion of Semester 1 (30 credits)

Course Structure and Attendance

How is the course structured?

  • Flexible programme delivery to facilitate working professionals
  • Delivered over two academic years, this course uses a variety of learning strategies in recognition of the time constraints associated with full-time clinical practice.
    • Year 1 will include fortnightly one day sessions (2pm-7pm) and a number of weekend teaching blocks
    • Year 2 will comprise a mix of experiential learning and a supervised Minor Thesis

Year 1

Semester 1: Autumn

Module 1: Prehospital Emergency Care – IC

15 credits

Module 2: EMS Therapeutics - IC

15 credits

Year 1

Semester 2: Spring

Module 3: Cardiac & Trauma Care- IC

15 credits

Year 2

Semester 1: Autumn

Clinical Placement – IC

15 credits

Year 2

Semester 2: Spring

Minor Thesis

30 credits

Total ECTS Credits

90 credits


On-campus dates for 2019 (Semester 1)*

On-campus dates for 2020 (Semester 2)*

Thursdays 2-7pm:

26 Sept | 10 & 24 Oct | 7 & 21 Nov | 5 Dec
Saturdays 10-3pm: 19 Oct | 30 Nov

Thursdays 2-7pm:

6 & 19 Feb | 5&19 Mar | 2&16 Apr
Saturdays 10-3pm: 29 Feb | 28 Mar

*Subject to confirmation



Learning Outcomes



  • Core therapeutics and pharmacology for advanced pre-hospital care
  • Basic and advanced emergency care in illness and injury in adults and children
  • Knowledge of the healthcare system and the factors affecting interfaces between services
  • Major incident management
  • Standard setting and performance standards
  • Core research methods
  • Introduction to Transfer & Retrieval medicine; major incidents; mass gatherings; sports medicine

Applying Knowledge

  • Integrating clinical assessments with available treatment options to select the appropriate care strategy
  • Collecting accurate data for continuous personal and service audit purposes
  • 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 Skills

  • Ability to work competently under pressure
  • Teamwork and leadership ability / Teamwork 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 role of research in healthcare
  • Integrating new science and healthcare developments to the field
  • Clinical supervision of colleagues in certain circumstances



  • Continuous and end of Module assessments will involve MCQ, short answer, OSCE and Project components
  • In year 2, assessment will include supervised clinical practice and submission of a minor thesis by primary research.

Entry Criteria

Who is eligible to take this Course?

  • Applications are invited from registered medical practitioners and other registered healthcare providers, whose role involves pre hospital emergency care
  • After initial assessment of your application, you may be invited to attend for interview in person or via an online interview platform
  • International applicants should contact the Academic Director for information regarding availability and eligibility
  • International applicants must have an average IELTS score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band (Academic Version)


Application Details

Applications are processed via

Contact Us

Programme Administrator

Ms Eileen Bradish,

UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science, Health Sciences Centre,

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6641



Please check the UCD Fees website for full fees information:

EU students:

Year 1: €4,410

Year 2: €4,410*

*Fees are for guidance only. Students on a multi-year programme should note that their fees are subject to change from year to year. The fees for other EU programmes have seen increases of approximately 4% year on year.

International students:

Students entering Year 1 in academic year 2019/20: €24,800

Please check the UCD Fees website for further information.