Advanced Emergency Care (Online) (MSc/Diploma/Certificate)

For general enquiries about this course contact us at scharr-aec@sheffield.ac.uk or call (+44) 0114 222 5454.

You can contact the course director, Ian Sammy, for course-specific enquiries at ian.sammy@sheffield.ac.uk

*** Please note that ScHARR is changing the way we talk about distance learning. It will now be referred to as “online learning”. During this transition, you may see both terms used while central systems update. Please note that the courses and their content remain unaffected by the change in terminology. ***

About the course


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The MSc in Advanced Emergency Care builds on ScHARR's international reputation for research in the field of pre-hospital and emergency care. Much of the teaching is delivered by members of the EMRiS research group, the foremost emergency medicine research group in the UK.

The course will provide students with an opportunity to develop both their clinical and non-clinical skills in emergency medicine.

The course will appeal to both senior trainees and career grade doctors in emergency medicine as well as experienced staff from other backgrounds, such as senior nurse practitioners and experienced paramedics.

To meet the needs of overseas students not familiar with Emergency Medicine as practiced in the UK, the 'Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine' module has been developed.

This course assumes a level of training and/or experience in Emergency Medicine. It does not provide candidates with a clinical specialist qualification.

Why study at ScHARR?

Stack of textbooksScHARR has the UK's largest volume of world-leading or internationally excellent health services research and health technology assessment activity. In addition, the Health Services Research Unit (HSR) includes one of the UK’s most prolific Emergency Medicine research units, EMRiS, which includes three of the UK’s most prominent professors of Emergency Medicine, all of whom are involved in the teaching of the MSc in Advanced Emergency Care. Wherever possible, all modules are taught with an international focus. ScHARR has a proven track record of international research in both developed and developing healthcare systems.

How this course is taught

Students on a wardThe MSc Advanced Emergency care course is delivered online, and is studied part-time by students who study the course on their computer. Students start the course at the start of Semester One (late September every year). The course is studied part time for period of 2 to 4 years, depending on how many modules the student studies each semester.

The degree awarded upon completion of the course is the same MSc Advanced Emergency Care degree that has been awarded for the previous, physical attendance versions of the course. The degree certificate does not mention that the course was delivered and studied online, as online learning degrees at the University of Sheffield are delivered to the same internationally recognised high standards as our attendance degrees, so we do not make any distinction between attendance degrees and online  degrees.

The course has been designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing students to successfully combine their studies with work and family life.

The course will be delivered and taught completely online. You will study the course at your computer. Students are not required to attend ScHARR for teaching, and are not expected to enter the UK to do the course. Overseas students taking the course would not be able to get a Student Study visa to enter the UK, as they do not need to attend the University in person.

You will be required to identify a clinical supervisor in your hospital for some of the clinical modules. This is to facilitate verification of any clinical skills and cases you may need to submit as part of your log book. We will tell you more about this once the course has started; in general this will need to be someone qualified and working as a specialist in your own country.

Finally, the course is aimed at practicing Emergency Medicine clinicians. We would expect you to be working in the appropriate environment during the course (either in Emergency Medicine or Pre-hospital Care).

Online open days

The online open days are an opportunity for you to learn more about the course and how it will be taught.

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Students need to complete 180 credits to complete the MSc in Advanced Emergency Care, 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma and 60 credits for the postgraduate certificate. All modules account for 15 credits unless stated otherwise. You will be required to take a minimum of 75 and maximum of 90 credits worth of optional modules.

There are four core modules. Students who have previously worked in emergency medicine in the UK will be exempt from HAR6106 - An Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine. There are two options for the dissertation, a 30 credit and 45 credit option. Depending upon the need to take the Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine module and the dissertation options, chosen students taking the MSc will need to complete between five and seven optional modules.

We recommend that students take no more than 2 modules per semester. It is advisable to complete all core modules within the first three semesters of the course. When choosing optional modules, we suggest that you choose a balance of clinical and non-clinical modules that suits your interests.

We anticipate that most students will be able to complete the course within 2 - 3 years, although you are allowed up to 4 years to do so. Academic advising is available to students prior to module selection each semester.


Core modules

Code Title Led by Semester
HAR6104 Management Theory and Practice Ian Sammy Autumn
HAR6105* Evidence Based Emergency Medicine and Research Sue Mason Autumn
HAR6106* An Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine Andreas Crede Autumn
HAR6125* Research Methods for Emergency Medicine Fiona Lecky Spring
HAR6053* Dissertation 1 (Advanced Emergency Care) (60 credits) Vanessa Halliday/Ian Sammy Academic year (Sept-Sept)
HAR6054* Dissertation 2 (Advanced Emergency Care) (45 credits) Colin O'Keeffe Academic year (Sept-Sept)

Optional modules

Code Title Led by Semester
HAR6114 Systematic Review and Evidence Synthesis: Principles Online (non-clinical) Rachel Archer and Alison Scope Autumn
HAR6107 Observational and Ambulatory Medicine (clinical) Sue Croft Autumn
HAR6121 Musculoskeletal Emergency Medicine (clinical) Roger Dalton Autumn
HAR6042 Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal (non-clinical) Dawn Teare Spring
HAR6048 Epidemiology Online Hannah Jordan Autumn
HAR6059 Public Health Informatics Helen Buckley Woods Spring
HAR6061 Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers Jeremy Dawson Spring
HAR6108 Paediatric Emergency Medicine (clinical) Sally Gibbs and Deirdre O'Donnell Spring
HAR6109 Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Event and Expedition Medicine (clinical) Justin Squires Spring
HAR6122 Sedation in Emergency Medicine (clinical) Shammi Ramlakhan Spring
HAR6124 Medicolegal and Forensic Emergency Medicine (non-clinical) Roger Dalton Spring
HAR6128 Health, Healthcare and Research in Older People (clinical) Ian Sammy Spring

* by a module code indicates special information for the module. Please mouse over the module code or visit the module page to find out the details.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

Entry requirements

Checking blood pressureThe course is open to applicants from both medical backgrounds allied health professions relevant to emergency medicine.

Entrants will need to have at least two years clinical experience of Emergency Medicine or related fields (to the standard equivalent of a Year 3 Speciality Trainee of UK emergency medicine training). Applicants from allied health professions will be expected to have reached a similar milestone. This will usually equate to working as an autonomous practitioner.

Applicants should submit a CV as part of their application so their experience can be judged against the above requirements.

In addition to the above, entrants will need to meet ScHARR's minimum entry criteria for postgraduate taught study.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English would be expected to meet ScHARR's English Language requirements.