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Emergency Medical Science - Immediate Care

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

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.

Entry requirements

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)


2 years

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

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)

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)

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

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications are processed via

Course fee

Fees for the Professional Diploma: €2940

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.

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