Postgraduate study

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

Awards: MSc, PgCert, PgDip

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

This programme is aimed at high-calibre graduates in medicine involved in the management of clinical emergencies in children.

It is ideal for trainees in paediatrics and emergency medicine, and also highly relevant for anaesthetists who wish to develop skills in paediatric anaesthesia or paediatric intensive care.

It will also help primary care practitioners who work in remote and rural areas without paediatric support.

In the Diploma Year students also have the opportunity to choose courses in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine, designed to bridge the gap between resuscitation in the Emergency Department and admission to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit (including high dependency and intensive care).

The programme is designed to give you the educational background you need to manage medical emergencies in children, throughout the world. The final year of the programme can be tailored to your circumstances and career goals.

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.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but 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:

Medical Emergencies; Surgical Emergencies & Trauma/Anaesthesia & Sedation; Paediatric Critical Care Medicine; Additional Topics in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

Year 3: Masters courses include:

Management Issues in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. You will also undertake a written reflective element from a number of suggested topics.

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
MScPaediatric Emergency Medicine3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgCertPaediatric Emergency Medicine1 YearPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDipPaediatric Emergency Medicine2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

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 e.g. 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.

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

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

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • 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, PTE Academic 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.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 22/03/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScPaediatric Emergency Medicine3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgCertPaediatric Emergency Medicine1 YearPart-timeTuition fees
PgDipPaediatric Emergency Medicine2 YearsPart-timeTuition 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:

  • 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
9 September 2019 30 August 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit one reference with your application.

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

Further information

  • Child Life and Health
  • The University of Edinburgh, Centre for Reproductive Health,
  • School of Clinical Sciences, 20 Sylvan Place,
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 1UW