Out of Hospital Acute Cardiac Care MSc

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)


September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Teaching times

Trimester 1 & 2: Monday 9:00 - 16:00 (part-time)
Trimester 3: Tuesday 9:00 - 12:00 (part-time)


The only course of its kind in the UK, and aimed at all practitioners, you’ll gain the experience, skills and knowledge needed for delivering evidence based emergency cardiac care in out of hospital settings.

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Completing our course meets the HCPC/NMC/GMC regulatory framework requirements for all practitioners to maintain and engage in continuing professional development.

The knowledge of management of advanced out of hospital cardiac care and skills you gain meet the expectations placed on the NHS by the government to enable patients access to appropriate care and expertise. It also meets the relevant to the 2020 Vision Workforce Skills Strategy.

If you’ve been working in emergency cardiac care, our course will support you in meeting the requirement for holding a senior post which requires a postgraduate qualification.

Modules & assessment

  • Advanced 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
    The 12 Lead ECG has evolved into one of the most important diagnostic tools available to paramedic and critical care staff. Here, you’ll develop a systematic and robust approach to the application, reading and analysis of the 12 Lead ECG. You’ll cover key areas section by section, including Tachycardia, Bradycardia, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Intraventricular Conduction Defects and you’ll explore a range of cardiac conditions related to the 12 Lead ECG, including electrical, structural, acute and chronic. The knowledge you gain will enhance your ability to engage with the process of clinical decision making and diagnosis to inform appropriate patient management and become competent in ECG analysis in the out of hospital setting.
  • Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
    Enhance and master the knowledge and skills needed to deliver safe high quality care while being taught by national and international practising specialists. You’ll constantly consider current research and the underpinning science as you develop your understanding of the cutting edge management of out of hospital cardiac care. You’ll gain skills in clinical decision making for effective diagnosis and the development of appropriate management pathways when dealing with patients in an out of hospital setting. You’ll improve your practical skills and strategies by using a range of specialist equipment, focus your work on evidence based research and enhancing defibrillation techniques and effective use of mechanical devices and innovations to improve blood flow.
  • Clinical Leadership and Service Development
    Healthcare organisations are accountable for continuously improving the quality of their services and safeguarding, and much of this is achieved through clinical governance framework. Here, you’ll focus on accountability and risk management as well as understanding how clinical audit is pivotal in providing supporting evidence for service development. You’ll focus on several strategies in achieving continuous quality improvement, including effective clinical leadership, development of staff, implementation of evidence based practice and engaging in effective audit and evaluation of services against a backdrop of best practice to identify service development needs. Finally, you’ll tie in this knowledge with understanding the need for robust leadership theory and the management of change, together with ethical and legal principles.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within medical science, professional practice, regulation and policy, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas and research skills needed for industry. Together, we'll explore the overarching research framework including both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, data collection methods, issues of rigour and data analysis approaches. We'll also look at reviewing published literature, critiquing studies and understanding the methodology of systematic reviews, and ethical issues relating to research conduct and use, and research governance. Our module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project. This module may be undertaken via distance learning.
  • Major Project
    The major project is at the center of the Masters award and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and apply the skills and concepts you’ve learned in the previous modules. You’ll take the opportunity to carry out an in-depth study in a related specific area of your choice and interest. We’ll encourage you to carry out your major project with an industrial partner to gain real-life experience and contacts in the field. During the project you may generate intellectual property, defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. This module may be undertaken via distance learning.


Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

As well as our MSc in Out of Hospital Acute Cardiac Care, we also offer two intermediate awards – a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate. If you’re taking the full Masters course then you’ll also need to complete a dissertation.

This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Please note, the above modules will run on Mondays.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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