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Course summary

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.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Paediatric Emergency Medicine (Online Learning) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS