Taught course

Trauma Sciences (Military and Austere)

Institution
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You will need a medical or nursing degree (an upper-second or higher). We will consider overseas qualifications at degree level from a university or an institution of university rank. You also need to demonstrate suitable professional experience and expertise. You will need competent computer skills and access to suitable PC facilities (with microphone, webcam and a broadband connection to the internet). International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Trauma is the disease caused by physical injury. Trauma has only been called a “disease” since the 1970s. Although it seems strange at first, it is the correct term to use. Severe injury triggers a sequence of changes within the cells of the body and can lead to critical and disabling illness. Just like other diseases such as cancer, HIV and heart disease we need to understand these changes to improve survival and recovery.

Trauma is one of the world’s leading killers and is responsible for the loss of more life-years than any other disease. War is predicted to be the sixth leading cause of death by 2020. Opportunities for the training of military trauma care specialists are extremely limited, and many defence agencies rely on the deployment situation as the primary training for their personnel. All countries, developed and developing, recognise the importance of trauma to their healthcare systems. With global disasters, humanitarian crises and mass casualty events on the rise, the importance of specialist training in the science and management of these events is increasingly important.

This distance learning course will provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the most up-to-date science and practice of trauma care in these environments. A summer school incorporating simulated scenario training (consistent with your scope of practice) will complement the didactic learning to provide practical knowledge and experience of decision-making, along with the safe, professional delivery of core clinical functions in the management of seriously injured patients.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying the disease of trauma.
  • Give you hands-on training at a two-week summer school consistent with your scope of practice. This will include practical courses in trauma surgery as well as group discussions and practical skills labs.
  • Provide both military and civilian clinicians a framework in which to understand the key aspects of military and austere trauma and to develop your own practices.
  • Develop a broad and critical understanding of developments in trauma care, in military and disaster settings.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

distance learning
24 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Samantha Rose-Bucknor
Email
s.rose-bucknor@qmul.ac.uk
Phone
+44 20 7882 2288