Postgraduate study

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

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

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

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

  • The application of existing knowledge via a problem-based approach. This challenges the student to critically reflect on their clinical practice.
  • Active rather than passive learning within a real-world context, based on the current scientific literature.
  • Communication of information visually and in prose.

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 (see below for more details):

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Surgical Emergencies and Trauma/Anaesthesia and Sedation
  • Additional Topics in Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • 2 courses in Paediatric Critical Care 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 2022-2023

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

  • Welcome Week: 12 – 18 September 2022
  • Term 1: 19 September - 4 December 2022
  • Term 2: 9 January – 26 March 2023
  • Term 3: 10 April - 25 June 2023

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.

These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.

An accredited 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 Science). 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.

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 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

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, Trinity ISE or PTE, 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 (non-MESC).

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:

Tuition 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 Administrators, Lisa Horsburgh and Laura Smith
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 312 1643
  • Contact:
  • Programme Director, Dr Tom Beattie
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 312 1643
  • Contact:
  • Child Life and Health
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal Hospital for Children and Young People
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ

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.

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

Further information

  • Programme Administrators, Lisa Horsburgh and Laura Smith
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 312 1643
  • Contact:
  • Programme Director, Dr Tom Beattie
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 312 1643
  • Contact:
  • Child Life and Health
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal Hospital for Children and Young People
  • Little France
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4TJ