Prehospital Medicine

MSc ( 3 years Part-time )


We have a limited number of places available and we anticipate that this programme will be extremely popular. Therefore, we have extended the application deadline and recommend that you submit your application as early as possible (by Friday 23rd August 2019) to avoid disappointment.

This part-time MSc in Prehospital Medicine is for doctors and paramedics who wish to gain an advanced knowledge in prehospital medicine and who want to make a difference within their healthcare professions.

The application process is now open and you can make you application by clicking Apply Here button for the September 2019 intake. Applicants must submit their application before Friday 14th June Deadline. Any application submitted after 14th June will be given equal consideration however, this will be subject to availability.

This brand new, innovative programme follows the hugely successful iBSc in Prehospital Medicine delivered at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, an internationally renowned institution. The MSc brings together key areas of theory and practice necessary for advanced practioners. Focussing on both the tried and tested and the novel - combining concepts, materials and practice to form the technical and non-technical basis for praxis.

The programme will be run in partnership with the Institute of Pre-hospital Care (IoPHC) at London’s Air Ambulance,  world leaders in the field of prehospital medicine.  IoPHC as a central mission a drive for excellence in pre-hospital care through education, innovation and research and this collaboration serves toward realising that aim.

Modules are synergistic and together form a basis for an exciting master’s level degree programme. For example, a focus on human factors, simulation and performance is joined with modules exploring cutting-edge science - applied to patients who present in the pre-hospital phase of care – toward providing a holistic, realistic, practice-based medical education. Each module includes taught materials from experts in subject areas, which is enhanced by bridging assignments that bind concepts and ideas.

Ultimately the degree is relevant for those who are passionate about this specialty, with each taught component having direct relevance for those who regularly practice in the field. 

Our Partners

  • The programme is delivered through collaboration between Barts and The London School of Medicine and London’s Air Ambulance Institute for Prehospital Medicine.
  • Barts and The London, one of the leading medical schools in the UK. Barts and The London is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top seven in the UK for medicine in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • QMUL is Russell Group university
  • The programme will be taught at the Institute of Health Sciences Education (IHSE), The IHSE has a long history in medical and clinical education, offers undergraduate medical and dental training, a range of post-graduate programmes, and intercalated degrees. The IHSE also conducts medical education research, scholarship and evaluations, and leads quality assurance processes for the MBBS and related degrees.

Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance

For nearly 3 decades, London’s Air Ambulance has been a leader in the development and practice of pre-hospital care in the U.K. and abroad. Through its research, innovation and education activities, as well as the professional affiliations and publications of its clinical leadership, it has influenced clinical guidelines, governance standards, and the practice of air ambulances in the U.K., Europe and Australia. The Institute of Pre-hospital Care was founded in 2013 to build on and expand this influence. The IoPHC team are made up of leading clinicians in the field and has access to clinicians, scientists and opinion leaders from around the globe.


Dr Danë Goodsman


The programme will run over three years part time comprising a variety of taught modules in the first two years and a dissertation in the final year.  For the dissertation year students will not be in attendance, but supporting tutorials will be arranged on an individual basis.

Prehospital Medicine is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the treatment of injury and illness outside hospital - working to manage the time critical reversible aspects of physiological processes activated when the human body suffers significant clinical insult. The context and environment outside hospital creates an additional set of specific practitioner attributes including, high quality interprofessional working, incident and scene management and human factors – the latter being the professional and clinical activities brought into play in any encounter between, humans and humans, humans and systems or processes, and humans and equipment or technologies.

The programme will be delivered on an attendance basis (not distance learning), and all the teaching will take place in London, located at both Barts and The London School of Medicine and the Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance.

We will be running ‘teaching hubs’ for each of the modules, which are envisioned to be between 3 - 5 days in duration.  The direction of individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions attended - along with the overview offered by the reading lists and also the assignments and tutorials.  Students are expected to demonstrate an active role in their own learning - by reading widely, reflecting on and developing, and expanding, their knowledge, understanding and critical abilities - in relation to the subject area.

Students will have full access to the college/medical school library and student computing facilities.

The course will utilise the virtual learning environment provided by the College (QMPlus). This enables lecture notes and handout material to be available electronically, with potential for discussion and question boards.


  • You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.
  • As well as the book collections within the QMUL library system, we subscribe to a range of journal medical and clinical education journals. These journals can also be accessed electronically.
  • As students of QMUL you will also be able to access other university libraries in the London through the SCONUL scheme.
  • Students will also be based with the IoPHC and will use London’s Air Ambulance training facilities.

Year 1

4 modules at 15 credits each

  • Applied Anatomy for Prehospital Medicine 
    The interpretation of mechanisms of injury, the analysis of symptoms and signs, as well as the delivery of key diagnostic tests during the very early stages of care all rely on a clinician's application of their anatomical knowledge. Further, the understanding of pathology of the diseases that present in the prehospital phase is dependent on a sound knowledge of human anatomy, this module, therefore,  focusses on furnishing the appropriate anatomical knowledge base for clinical practice in the this element of patient care.
  • Applied Toxicology for Prehospital Medicine  
    This module has two broad headings, recreational drug pharmaco-toxicology and chemical/biological agent toxicology. Students will study the clinical syndromes and the underpinning basic science principles of drug actions as well as the basis of the management for patients in this phase of care. The module will also cover the pharmacology and clinical syndromes associated with 'deliberate-release' chemical and biological warfare agents - including traditional and more modern agents – toward the development of a pragmatic approach to the identification and management of these.
  • Applied Resuscitation Science for Prehospital Medicine  
    This module offers the opportunity for students to develop and deepen their knowledge and skills in the discipline of resuscitation science. The module covers some of the latest developments in the field, such as prehospital extra-corporeal life support and cardiac arrest and peri-cardiac arrest science. Alongside this, students will review the latest organisational responses to patient need - for example, cardiac arrest centres and advanced prehospital resuscitation teams.  The module aims not only prepares students for their practice-based work, embracing current and future innovation, it also allows them to gain broader understanding of the critical decision making in developing and applying new practice to the service.
  • Law and Ethics for Prehospital Medicine
    Legal and ethical considerations in medicine are relevant for all clinicians but offer particular challenge for those who practice in the prehospital field. All patient care and management has to embrace key underpinning legal and ethical principles, but within the specific contexts that apply in the prehospital phase i.e. medicine undertaken in public and generally unprotected environments, this is of particular complexity. This module will cover a spectrum of pertinent legal and ethical concerns such as, end of life decisions, autonomous and professional practices, inquests and inquiries, and will also include new and emerging areas such as the application of ethical principles related to the filming of patients, or the use social media for educational purposes etc.

Year 2

2 modules 30 credits each

  • Simulation and Moulage for Prehospital Medicine
    Simulation and moulage are a key component of education for prehospital clinicians. The module focuses on creating and developing scenarios for moulage and simulation praxis. Students will have an opportunity to further their understanding of moulage and simulation in terms of history, purpose, methods/processes, educational theory, teaching, learning, assessment and feedback. There will be opportunities for creating simulated learning experiences, and developing these in the student’s work environment.
  • Human Factors for Prehospital Medicine
    An understanding of human factors, error mitigation and performance is essential to both ensuring patient safety and excellent outcomes in prehospital medicine. The term 'crew resource management' is used as a synonym for 'human factors' in the aviation, nuclear, maritime and other organisations where optimal performance is seen as essential. In prehospital and emergency care, the performance of teams, especially those that are rapidly formed, is commonplace. Working with experts from elite sport, aviation and other related industries, the module will embrace best practice in team performance. In parallel with the performance of individual teams, it is recognised that high performance in clinical teams is supported by quality performance systems, good governance, ergonomics and team structures, all crucial to delivering optimal care to patients.

Year 3

Dissertation with 2/3 input days

Entry requirements

The application process is now open and you can make you application by clicking Apply Here button for the September 2019 intake. Applicants must submit their application before Friday 14th June Deadline. Any application submitted after 14th June will be given equal consideration however, this will be subject to availability.


  • MBBS degree or equivalent
  • Practicing for at least 5 years post registration.


  • A first degree in Paramedic Practice (minimum 2:2) or other equivalent degree.
  • Must have been registered with the Health Professions Council and practicing for a minimum of 7 years, or equivalent.
  • Paramedics without a first degree will be considered under exceptional circumstances provided there is evidence of substantial experience in this field.

IELTS 7.0 overall (need min writing and speaking scores of 6.5, listening and reading with scores of 5.5) or equivalent approved English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements

Successful applicants must be currently working as Doctors or Paramedics

Unfortunately, due to the programme set up we are unable to accept any applicants with a Nursing Degree’s at this time.

All applicants must submit their Degree Qualification, CV and a Personal Statement as part of the application. 

Course processes and venues

The programme will be delivered on an attendance basis (not distance learning), and all the teaching will take place in London, located at both Barts and The London School of Medicine and the Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance.

Modules will be centred round 'teaching and learning hubs’, where students will attend lectures, symposia, small group tutorials, and seminars - focussed on the theme of the module. These sessions will contain material delivered by experts in each field, and will be complemented by faculty and practitioner led group work to facilitate students in analysing and developing concepts to apply to the clinical environment through, for example, group work, problem solving sessions and individual and group presentations. Students will be provided with copies of the lecture material. The programme’s faculty team has specific experience in the relevant areas, to support students professionally and academically,

Independent learning will enable students to apply their knowledge and skills to their own practice-based clinical environments, and to reflect on the practical application of the new knowledge to the context of their own day-to-day work. For every hour spent in the learning and teaching hub, students will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Individual study time should be spent preparing for, or following up on, formal study sessions including; reading; producing written work; completing projects and in-course work; creating presentations; and revising for examinations.

Learning and teaching

Aims of the programme:

The programme aims to prepare established clinicians for the challenges of the specialised and advanced practice of medicine during the prehospital phase of clinical care. The work is designed to enable them to embrace subject matter relevant to holistic management of patients, including the technical developments and the supporting non-technical concepts (e.g. human factors), which underpin practice.

Students will also understand and develop the principles of research relevant to this area, and analyse data and academic materials that inform, for example, the creation of local, national and International guidance. A key aim is the translation of core scientific principles to praxis, with students demonstrating through their practical activities – such as within the teaching pods and written work - their ability to apply knowledge of the underlying academic principles to their work place based practice.

Alongside interpretation and application of scientific data they will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge in the full range of specific subject areas – such as toxicology, anatomy, resuscitation and law & ethics. Students will solve clinically related dilemmas using a detailed understanding of germane core science and will analyse how this is relevant to the interpretation of clinical diagnosis. They will also learn to synthesise theories based on seminal subject matter cases.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading; producing written work; and completing projects.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for to focus on specialising in specific areas of clinical education, through the programme.

Modules and Dissertation

You will be assessed via portfolios, exams and a final dissertation to engage you in developing clinical education in your own setting.  Students will complete a 10,000 word dissertation on an element of prehospital medicine.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £5,000

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £6,650

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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