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The University of Edinburgh: Paediatric Emergency Medicine (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Clinical Sciences
Study type Taught


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


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