Taught course

Prehospital Medicine

Queen Mary, University of London · Institute of Health Sciences Education

Entry requirements

Doctors must have an MBBS degree and a minimum of 3 years experience post-registration.

Other routes

Paramedics must have a first degree in Paramedic Practice at 2:2 or above, be registered with the Health Professions Council and have a minimum of 3 years experience.

Nurses must have a first degree in Nursing at 2:2 or above, be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practicing for a minimum of 3 years.

Paramedics and nurses without a first degree will be considered under exceptional circumstances provided there is evidence of substantial experience in the prehospital field.

Additional information

Please note: We will share the application details you submit to Queen Mary with the Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance because it will be necessary for the performance of any contract between you and QMUL/ Institute of Pre-hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance. Please refer to the privacy notice for applicants on our Data Protection webpages for further information.

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English language requirements

If you got your degree in an English speaking country or if it was taught in English, and you studied within the last five years, you might not need an English language qualification - find out more.

English language entry requirements for programmes within the Institute of Health Sciences Education

You may be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This part-time MSc in Prehospital Medicine is aimed at those who want to make a difference within the healthcare profession. Focussing on both the tried and tested and the novel, this popular course combines concepts, materials and practice to form the technical and non-technical basis for praxis.

  • Learn from and work closely with London Air Ambulance and the Institute of Prehospital Care - world leaders in the field of prehospital medicine
  • Study part-time alongside professional commitments
  • Apply what you've learned directly to professional work
  • Undertake research and practical work in specialty
  • Develop industry contacts and enjoy networking opportunities and support from Academic Advisors and the student office
What you'll study

Prehospital medicine is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to the treatment of injury and illness outside hospital, and in particular, working to manage the time-critical reversible aspects of physiological processes activated when the human body suffers significant clinical insult.

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 practitioners. You’ll combine concepts, materials and practice to form the technical and non-technical basis for praxis.

You’ll learn key skills and specific practitioner attributes including, high quality interprofessional working, incident and scene management and human factors. Modules are synergistic and together form a basis for an exciting masters programme. For example, a focus on human factors, simulation and performance is joined with modules exploring cutting-edge science, so that you receive a holistic and realistic medical education.

The programme will be run in partnership with the Institute of Prehospital Care (IoPHC) at London’s Air Ambulance, a world leader in the field of pre-hospital medicine. Through its research, innovation and education activities, the Institute has influenced clinical guidelines, governance standards, and the practice of air ambulances in the UK, Europe and Australia.


  • Six compulsory modules
  • Compulsory 10,000-word dissertation
Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.


The course will utilise Queen Mary’s virtual learning environment, QMPlus. This enables lecture notes and handout material to be available electronically, with potential for discussion and question boards.

We will be running teaching hubs for each of the modules, which are between three to five 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. You will take an active role in your own learning, by reading widely, reflecting on and developing, and expanding, your knowledge, understanding and critical abilities.

You will gain new technical skills and a depth of knowledge relevant to your topic. You may also have the opportunity to develop research and transferable skills, such as data analysis, presentation skills, and medical writing.

Information for international students

Visas and immigration

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Institute of Health Science Education
+44 (0)20 7882 5919