Manchester Metropolitan University

PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Emergency Medicine

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Validate your professional training.
  • This course will enable you to develop education or major incident management focuses.
  • Wide choice of units available.
  • Tailored to meet specific career requirements
  • Provides three pathways to reflect different career focuses
  • is delivered predominantly on-line

About the course

Our Emergency Medicine programme offers professional development and an academic qualification for nurses and physicians in emergency contexts. Three distinct study routes are available and all have been designed entirely by physicians and nurses experienced in emergency care. Teaching is online and based around a virtual hospital with problem-based learning and online discussions with colleagues and fellow students. 

The course is made up of two phases. Phase One provides a range of core and elective units from which students can select their personalised route. Phase Two consists of a substantial practitioner project in a chosen field of emergency medicine.

The units are offered on a rolling programme and will depend on the route you wish to follow with elective units chosen build on this to explore particular interests. Students are able to choose to study to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level or to continue their studies to achieve a Masters level qualification.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Core and optional units

  • Acute Medical Emergencies 
  • Paediatric Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies 
  • Psychosocial Emergencies
  • Trauma Emergencies 
  • Evidence-based Emergency Practice
  • Study Design and Execution in Emergency Medicine
  • Human Resource Management in the Emergency Department
  •  Legal Aspects of Emergency Medicine 
  • Managing the Emergency Department 
  • Emergency Life Support
  • Major Incident Management Emergency Nursing

Emergency Nursing units:

  • Minor Illness Management 
  • Minor Injury Management
  • Leadership in Urgent Care 

Paediatric Emergency Medicine units:

  • Further Management of Paediatric Medical Emergencies
  • Further Management of Paediatric Surgical and Psychosocial Emergencies 

There is also a route culminating in the award of a postgraduate certificate in Emergency Management available for senior Emergency Physicians and nurses.

Core Units
Acute Medical Emergencies I

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

Emergency Life Support

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.

Evidence-Based Emergency Practice

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

Human Resource Management in the Emergency Department

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that clinicians with a management role in the emergency department have a good understanding of human resource management issues faced on a day-to-day basis.

Legal Aspects of Emergency Medicine

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that clinicians with a management role in the emergency department have a good understanding of the legal framework that affects their work on a day-to-day basis.

Major Incident Management

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

Managing the Emergency Department

The overall aim of this management unit is to ensure that clinicians with a management role in the emergency department have an understanding of the management processes and procedures necessary for both operational delivery and strategic planning.

Paediatric Emergencies

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable practitioners to develop their 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

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable practitioners to develop their 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.

Study Design and Execution in Emergency Medicine

The overall aim of this research unit is to ensure that clinicians have an understanding of how to design and execute and report research projects within an emergency setting.

Surgical Emergencies

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable practitioners to develop their 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

The overall aim of this problem-based, clinical unit is to enable practitioners to develop their 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.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Practice-focussed written assessment.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/nursing/staff/

Typical entry requirements

To be considered for entry onto the programme, candidates must currently be working as either a registered medical practitioner or a registered nurse in an area of urgent or emergency care and may have an interview (usually by telephone or Skype). Students for whom English is a second language must hold IELTS (language test or equivalent). Students must also have achieved the Academic Standard at 7.0 or above. For Paediatric Medicine routes, students must be working in a paediatric ED. The PGCert Emergency Management has been developed for senior staff in emergency departments who may have completed their professional training and want a postgraduate qualification which reflects their management function.
We also welcome applications from students with recent level 7 study who have gained credits at other institutions and offer accreditation of prior learning where it is appropriate.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

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 plese email Professor Janet Marsden, Programme Leader - j.marsden@mmu.ac.uk

Career options after the course

This programme offers academic recognition for the professional training undertaken by physicians in emergency care settings where learning is inherently linked to professional practice.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.