PgCert/PgDip/MSc Emergency Medicine

A rugby player with concussion or a motorcyclist after a high speed collision, how would you manage a significant head trauma? How would you treat a seemingly well child with a fever or manage to execute a research project within an emergency setting?

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Overview

Our online multi-professional course is for qualified doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and physicians/associates working in emergency care.

It gives you the opportunity to gain academic recognition for your professional training in urgent or emergency care.

Designed entirely by physicians and nurses working in emergency care, all teaching on MSc Emergency Medicine takes place online using a virtual hospital for problem-based learning. This is to help you fit studying around your shifts.

Our teaching team includes internationally renowned emergency medicine consultants. This includes Professor Kevin Mackway-Jones (developer of the learning resource BestBETs) and Professor Simon Carley (developer of the St.Emlyn's blog), Consultants at two of of the biggest and busiest hospitals in the UK (the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital).

You’ll access unit resources, including weekly case studies and participate in online discussions with fellow students.

We offer a range of core and option units, depending on the route you take, and these are available on a two-year rolling programme.

Through these option units, you can focus on areas that fit with your career aspirations.

We offer three routes (postgraduate diploma, postgraduate certificate, and masters) for this course.

Features and Benefits

“This course was an in-depth academic and professional experience, which allowed me to acquire skills I use in my daily practice as an emergency physician. Following completion of the course, I successfully applied for a substantive consultant post in emergency medicine in central Manchester.”

Janos Baombe - Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester University Hospitals

Career Prospects

As a graduate, you’ll have a masters degree that recognises your professional training in emergency or urgent care.

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Entry requirements

For entry onto this course in September 2020, applicants must be a:

who is practising in and have two years experience working in an urgent care or emergency department setting. You may be required to take part in a telephone interview.

All overseas applicants, whose first language is not English, are required to hold the IELTS (language test) and achieve the Academic Standard at 7 with no component lower than 6.5 prior to admission onto the course.

For CPS/standalone units you must:

St. Emlyn’s Virtual Hospital

St. Emlyn’s is a virtual hospital environment that incorporates online learning materials, a blog and a podcast. We use St. Emlyn’s to teach our MSc Emergency Medicine course and the virtual learning environment allows you to experience a variety of problem-based learning scenarios.

St. Emlyn’s was developed by educationalists based at Manchester Royal Infirmary including members of our teaching team.

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Course details

Our distance learning MSc Emergency Medicine is for qualified doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and physicians/associates working in emergency care.

To gain MSc Emergency Medicine, you’ll need to complete 180 credits at Level 7 but you can exit this course with an interim award.

You’re awarded a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) when you complete 60 taught credits, and a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) for 120 taught credits.

There are a range of core and option units of study, these are available on a two-year rolling programme, so not all units are available each year. The option units sit across three areas, Clinical, Management and Research. 

For each exit award, the credits breakdown is as follows:

PgCert Emergency Medicine
60 credits total: 20 credits core plus 40 credits from Clinical options

PgDip Emergency Medicine
120 credits total: 20 credits core, plus 100 credits from Clinical and Management options

MSc Emergency Medicine
180 credits total: 20 credits core, 100 credits from Clinical and Management options plus 60 credits Research

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Evidence-based Emergency Practice (20 credits)

The overall aim of this research unit is to ensure that you have a systematic understanding of the application and delivery of evidenced-based practice in the emergency department.

Starting with the formulation of answerable questions and the management and exploitation of databases, this unit covers the use of appraisal checklists and the fundamentals of statistical analysis. Evidence synthesis is also covered, as is the formulation and implementation of guidelines.

This unit has been mapped against section A36 of the College of Emergency Medicine Curriculum for Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine.

Likely Optional Units

Emergency Life Support (40 credits) - Management

The overall aim of this clinical unit is to enable practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in the management of resuscitation from acute life-threatening conditions.

Major Incident Management (20 credits) - Management

The overall aim of this management unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the operational clinical management of major incidents.

Managing the Emergency Department (20 credits) - Management

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that you have an understanding of the management processes and procedures necessary for both operational delivery and strategic planning.

Paediatric Emergencies (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the nursing management of paediatric emergencies. The unit deals with major and minor illness in children, ranging from cardiac arrest and severe meningococcal disease to the well child with fever and those presenting with limping.

Psychosocial Emergencies (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the nursing management of psychosocial emergencies. This unit covers psychiatric emergencies such as acute psychosis, depression and substance abuse as well as social factors relevant to emergency care such as the transcultural issues that arise at death, consent and elder abuse.

Surgical Emergencies (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the initial management of surgical emergencies. The unit deals with gynaecological, gastrointestinal, vascular, neurosurgical, urological and ear, nose and throat emergencies.

Trauma Emergencies (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the management of trauma emergencies, both major and minor. The unit deals with blunt and penetrating major injury, together with significant injury to the spine, head, chest abdomen and pelvis. Musculoskeletal injury to the limbs is also covered.

Acute Medical Emergencies 1 (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the management of acute medical emergencies involving the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.

Cardiovascular topics include chest pain, myocardial infarction, cardiac failure and hypertensive crisis. Respiratory topics include pulmonary embolus, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia and pneumothorax. Gastrointestinal topics include gastrointestinal bleeding and liver failure.

Acute Medical Emergencies 2 (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the management of acute medical emergencies involving the neurological and endocrine systems as well as infectious disease, toxicological, dermatological, rheumatological and haematological emergencies.  

Minor Injuries (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that you can demonstrate application and in-depth critical analysis in managing the patient with minor injury from assessment through to diagnosis and treatment.

Topics include the application of theory into practice in the presentation and management of minor injury such as those to the upper limb, lower limb, hand, digits, knee, elbow, and wounds, burns and injuries to the ear, nose, throat and maxillofacial injuries.

Minor Illnesses (20 credits) - Clinical

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that you can demonstrate application and in-depth critical analysis in managing the patient with minor illness from assessment through to diagnosis and treatment.

Topics include the application of theory into practice in the presentation and management of minor illness such as those relating to the respiratory, dermatology and  neurology systems, sexual health, eye conditions, rashes and infections, infections of ear, nose and throat and mouth.

Research Methodology for Quality Improvement (20 credits) - Research

This unit will introduce you to the concept of quality improvement applied within the contexts of clinical practice and healthcare delivery. It will prepare you to design and undertake sound quality improvement projects within your own area(s) of clinical practice. You'll be taught concepts and models of quality improvement and their application to clinical practice, with critical understanding of the processes used to achieve and measure quality improvement.

Quality Improvement Project (40 credits) - Research

This unit will enable you to apply and integrate relevant aspects of knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences developed in previous units of the programme to produce a scholarly piece of work related to your professional clinical practice.

You'll be able to apply your skills in appraising, integrating and synthesising evidence to support clinical decision-making and application of appropriate, evidence based interventions. Projects will be based on topics that have clinical and professional relevance.

Postgraduate Medicine

Postgraduate Medicine is a university wide initiative that brings together medical educators, researchers and healthcare professionals.

In collaboration with NHS partners, we have developed a suite of taught masters courses aimed at upskilling medical professionals in the areas needed most by Trusts and residents across the region. Alongside taught masters, we have a flexible CPD portfolio shaped to meet the needs of the health and social care sector.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £244 per 20 credits to £800 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £244 per 20 credits to £800 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Other Costs

Two optional units (Emergency Life Support, Major Incident Management) are self-directed and require students to hold certain training qualifications as a pre-requisite which would need to be paid for independently

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

For further information about the course please email Stuart Taylor, Admissions Lead - stuart.taylor@mmu.ac.uk

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Programme Review
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