Postgraduate study

Paediatric Emergency Medicine (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Awards: MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time, Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

The really great thing about the Paediatric Emergency Medicine course is that there are so many things you learn about that can be applied practically. You find that one week if we're studying something like surgical emergencies, the likelihood that I'm actually going to be able to practically implement what I've learned online is very high.

Dr Ra'ana Hussain MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine student
Dr Ra'ana Hussain               MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine student

Our programme has been designed to provide the educational background required for clinicians managing medical emergencies in children.

Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) is a rapidly expanding specialty. It has its roots in Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics but also has close affiliations with Paediatric Surgical Specialties, Paediatric Critical Care, Primary Care and Public Health.

From quite a diverse background, PEM has now developed into a specialty in its own right and there is a great need for extra PEM training on a UK, European and worldwide basis.

Prospective students will often be working full time in professional roles and require flexibility in their approach to study.

Our programme is therefore delivered as a part-time, online, MSc programme.

You will have the option of graduating after one, two or three years with a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, or MSc respectively.

Learning outcomes

The key learning outcomes of the programme are:

  • understand the physiology and pathology behind critical illness and injury in children
  • develop critical and analytical skills
  • develop scientific writing and presentation skills
  • prepare clinicians for the ever-changing and expanding medical and scientific knowledge base

Educational aims

The educational aims of the programme are to produce graduates:

  • with a deep understanding of the principles and practice of the management of paediatric emergencies
  • who can improve outcomes for patients based on this understanding

We aim to create a stimulating learning environment using ‘problem based learning’. This approach can be broken down into three main principles:

  • the reapplication of existing knowledge via the problem-based approach
  • learning within a real world context
  • communication of information

*(Revised 19 February 2021 with updated programme description.)

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

As an online student, not only will you have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but you will also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

You may choose to study to postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or MSc level.

Year 1: Certificate courses

You will study a wide range of specialities in Fundamentals in Paediatric Medicine.

Year 2: Diploma courses

Courses include:

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies and Trauma/Anaesthesia and Sedation
  • Paediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • additional topics in paediatric emergency medicine

Year 3: Masters courses

You will study Management Issues in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

You will also undertake a written reflective element from a number of suggested topics.

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full masters, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate.

PPD credits and credit transfer

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit.

Alternatively, after completing one year of courses, you can choose to transfer your credits and continue studying towards a higher award on a masters, postgraduate diploma, or postgraduate certificate programme.

Starting PPD

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a masters, postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate programme in the month of September.

Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a masters, postgraduate diploma, or postgraduate certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Semester dates for the academic year 2021-2022

These are key dates in the academic year, which vary slightly year to year. For your programme these are:

  • Welcome Week: 13 – 17 September 2021
  • Term 1: 20 September - 3 December 2021
  • Term 2: 10 January – 25 March 2022
  • Term 3: 11 April - 24 June 2022

*(Revised 26 May 2021 to update semester dates for academic year 2021-2022.)

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2021/22
PgCert1 YearPart-timeProgramme structure 2021/22
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2021/22

This programme has been designed to help you achieve a successful career in paediatric emergency medicine with a high quality qualification and the latest understanding and knowledge.

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent) plus one year of postgraduate clinical experience (for example, FY1 in UK, or equivalent elsewhere). You must have an ongoing commitment to the clinical care of children, and be actively attending to children in emergency situations.

We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject relevant to the practice of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (for example, Nursing, Physician Assistant, Paramedic studies). You must be actively involved in the management of ill and/or injured children and demonstrate advanced level care equivalent to medical practitioners.*

All applicants must include details of all their experience working with ill and/or injured children in acute settings in their application. Please ask your referee to confirm this experience in the reference they supply.

Students from China

This degree is Band D.

(*Revised 11 February 2021 to include alternative qualifications.)

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgCert1 YearPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgProfDevUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Global Health

We are offering 10 awards covering tuition fees. These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of and resident in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Successful applicants will benefit from the University’s Global Academy network.

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK's governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status.

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Administrator, Lisa Horsburgh
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 0803
  • Contact: pecm@ed.ac.uk
  • Child Life and Health
  • The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Reproductive Health,
  • School of Clinical Sciences, 20 Sylvan Place,
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 1UW
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 27 August 2021

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Administrator, Lisa Horsburgh
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 0803
  • Contact: pecm@ed.ac.uk
  • Child Life and Health
  • The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Reproductive Health,
  • School of Clinical Sciences, 20 Sylvan Place,
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 1UW