MSc Emergency Medical Science (Immediate Care)

Course Features

  • Develops knowledge and skills in Immediate Care with an emphasis on the assessment, diagnosis and management of both trauma and medical emergencies in adult and paediatric patients.
  • Multidisciplinary student groups: medical practitioners, nurses and advanced paramedics.
  • Delivered over two years, this course uses a variety of learning strategies in recognition of the time constraints associated with full-time clinical practice.

Course Overview

This modular MSc is open to doctors, nurse and advanced paramedics with experience of working in the pre-hospital care environment. 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.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals whose role may involve pre-hospital emergency care; general practitioners and nurses, advanced paramedics, and other doctors and nurses who may work in this environment. Paramedics with a relevant primary degree may apply and will be considered on a case by case basis.

What Will I Learn?


The course is divided into four modules – Total ECTS Credits: 90

Year 1

  • Cardiac & Trauma care (10 credits)
  • Module 2: Pre-Hospital Emergency care – Special circumstances (10 credits)
  • Module 3: Core Emergency Medical Science: Therapeutics (5 credits)
  • Module 4: Core Clinical Placement (5 credits)

Year 2

  • Pre-Hospital Care Skills (10 credits)
  • EMS Placement (20 credits)
  • Minor Thesis (30 credits)

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, formulariesBasic and advanced emergency care in illness and injury (Adults & Paediatrics)
  • 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

Applying 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 Skills

  • Excellent consultation skills
  • Ability to work competently under pressure
  • Team work and leadership ability
  • Team work 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

Am I Eligible for this Course?


  • Medical practitioners currently registered with the Medical Council and in possession of medical indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course
  • Nurses currently registered with An Bord Altranais and in possession of medical indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course
  • Advanced Paramedics currently registered with the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and in possession of indemnity insurance for the purposes of the course

International Applicants

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.

Application Details

  • Applications are processed via
  • Once online, the first step is to create a user account.  Then select "Graduate Taught Courses" as your application type and from the list of programme choices you can select MSc in EMS (Immediate Care).

Contact Us

Programme Administrator:
Ms. Eileen Bradish
Centre for Emergency Medical Science (CEMS)
UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Dublin 4
Tel : + 353 1 716 6641

Course Fees

For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.