Advanced Emergency Care (online) (MSc/PG diploma/PG certificate)


The MSc in Advanced Emergency Care provides students with an opportunity to develop both their clinical and non-clinical skills in emergency medicine. It 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 CURE research group, the foremost emergency medicine research group in the UK.

The course has been designed to 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. It assumes a level of training and/or experience in Emergency Medicine: it does not provide candidates with a clinical specialist qualification.

About the course

Key information
Programme starts September 2018
  • Intro week: 17-22 September
  • Teaching starts: 24 September
Modes and duration
  • Taught online
  • MSc or PG diploma: 2 - 4 years 
  • PG certificate: 1 year
  • Individual modules: one semester
  • Check the current programme fee on our fee calculator.
  • Fees are charged pro-rata for the postgraduate diploma and postgraduate certificate.
    Part-time programme fees are normally split over the first two years of study. A charge may be made for inflation in the second year. Contact us for more details.
    £917 for single 15 credit modules
Entry requirements
  • At least two years clinical experience of Emergency Medicine or related fields (to the standard equivalent of a Year 3 Speciality Trainee of UK EM training) or similar milestone for non medical applicants
  • 2:1 honours degree - we know that many paramedics do not have a full Bachelors degree and, if this is the case, we will still consider offering you a place on the course based on your experience and training.
  • English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component or equivalent
Taking modules via the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) route
  • It is possible to complete standalone AEC modules via our Continuing Professional Development programme (please check individual module web pages for CPD availability), and then apply to transfer to one of our AEC qualifications. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification. Please contact the CPD administrator ( for further information.
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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 60 and maximum of 90 credits worth of optional modules.

There are three core modules. There are two options for the dissertation, a 45 credit and 60 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 six 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.

Details below refer to the 2018/19 programme.

Core modules

Code Title Led by Semester
HAR6104 Management Theory and Practice Julie Perrin Autumn
HAR6105* Evidence Based Emergency Medicine and Research Sue Mason Autumn
HAR6125* Research Methods for Emergency Medicine Fiona Lecky and Sarah Crede Spring

Dissertation modules (students choose one of these modules)

Code Title Led by Semester
HAR6053* Dissertation 1 (Advanced Emergency Care) (60 credits) Angie Rees 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 + year
HAR6029 Systematically Reviewing the Research Literature Online (non-clinical) Jo Leaviss Autumn '18
Autumn '19
HAR6107 Observational and Ambulatory Medicine (clinical) Jonathan Thornley Autumn '19
HAR6121 Musculoskeletal Emergency Medicine (clinical) Roger Dalton Autumn '18
HAR6048 Epidemiology Online Evangelos Kritsotakis Autumn '18
Autumn '19
HAR6042 Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal (non-clinical) Dawn Teare Spring '19
Spring '20
HAR6059 Public Health Informatics Helen Buckley Woods Spring '19
Spring '20
HAR6061 Further Statistics for Health Science Researchers Jeremy Dawson Spring '19
Spring '20
HAR6108 Paediatric Emergency Medicine (clinical) Claire McConnell and Deirdre O'Donnell Spring '20
HAR6109 Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Event and Expedition Medicine (clinical) Justin Squires and Jamie Miles Spring '20
HAR6122 Sedation in Emergency Medicine (clinical) Sarah Keep Spring '19
HAR6124 Medicolegal and Forensic Emergency Medicine (non-clinical) Roger Dalton Spring '19
Spring '20
HAR6128 Health, Healthcare and Research in Older People (clinical) Matthew Roycroft, Sarah Smith and Sarah Barnes Spring '19

* 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.

Please note that from 2018 the content of the module 'An Introduction to UK Emergency Medicine' is available through our programme site, available to all of our students.

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.

In order to increase the number of students on each module, and reduce the likelihood of modules not being run at the last minute, we are running some of the optional modules every 2 years.

Entry requirements

Checking blood pressureThe course is open to applicants from both medical backgrounds and 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. While the University requires taught postgraduate students to have an upper second or first class degree for admission, we will still consider offering you a place on the course based on your experience and training. In this situation we tend to offer a place on the Postgraduate certificate course (4 modules over a year), with a view to upgrading you to the full MSc once you've successfully completed the PGCert.

English Language Requirements

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

How this course is taught

Students on a wardThe MSc Advanced Emergency care course is delivered and taught completely online. 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 need to get a Student Study visa to enter the UK as they do not attend the University in person.

The course is studied part-time for period of 2 to 4 years, depending on how many modules the student studies each semester. It has been designed to be as flexible as possible, allowing students to successfully combine their studies with work and family life. Students start the course in late September each year at the start of Semester One.

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 version of the course. The degree certificate does not mention that the course was delivered and studied online; 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.

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, Urgent Care or Pre-hospital Care).

Course team

The core staff for this course are listed below:

In addition to these core staff members, the course draws on the expertise of other experts within the School. See the course structure pages for details of some of the other staff members involved.

Contact us


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