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Pre-Hospital Critical Care, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
This programme is the only international master in Pre-Hospital Critical Care and is offered at the University of Stavanger. Pre-Hospital critical care is a growing profession, and treatment outside the hospital is steadily becoming more advanced.


This leads to an increasing demand for high-level skills for pre-hosital personnel because hospital structures change and the transport distances will increase as the patient is sent directly to sufficiently competent hospitals. The need for expertise at Master’s level in PHCC derives primarily from pre-hospital practice services.

  • Do you want to develop yourself as a critical care provider?
  • Do you need more insight in pre-hospital research and development?
  • Do you want to develop your analytical and diagnostic abilities?
  • Do you want an International Master’s degree in PHCC?
  • Do you want to study in a multidisciplinary environment?

The programme is either full-time with an estimated duration of 2 years, or part-time with an estimated duration of 4 years. New admissions will take place every second fall semester. The program is flexible and accessible for participants who work full time. There are no similar master’s programs in Norway or Scandinavia. It has been developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Air Ambulance (SNLA) and the University of Stavanger (UiS).

  • Different positions within prehospital and emergency medicine/critical care and teaching, requiring the ability to initiate, develop and evaluate research and quality improvement projects.
  • Application for PhD studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Communication and Decision making in Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care
  •  Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care and Transport Medicine
  •  Scientific Methods
  •  Philosophy of Science and Health Care Ethics
  •  Traumatology in Pre Hospital Critical Care
  •  Point of Care Technology (POCT)
  •  Patient safety - theory and practice
  •  Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants must have competed either a Medical degree (physician), a bachelor in nursing or bachelor in paramedics, and have at least two years post-qualification experience (full-time) in pre hospital emergency care, in order to qualify for entry.
  • Other applicants can be considered if they have a minimum of 60 ETCS credits in relevant subjects (paramedic).
  • Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education. 
  • All applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document proficiency in English on an advanced level through an international test/exam, recognized by the University of Stavanger.

      Work Experience

      At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.

      Other applicants can be considered if they have full-time working experience in pre-hospital emergency care.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        Tuition Fee
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      • National

        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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      Living costs for Stavanger

      • 10497 - 15900 NOK/month
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