M.Sc. Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

  • On Campus
  • 18 months
  • EUR10000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences | Helsinki, Finland
The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (EMECC NURSING) is the first international joint degree in advanced nursing available in Europe. It offers a highly specialized education in nursing, with an advanced perspective.

Description of Emergency and Critical Care Nursing


Emergency and intensive care nurses must be prepared to deal with life-threatening problems and complex situations in extreme environments, reasons why they should be endowed with specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide care to critically ill or unstable patients and their families. Emergency nurses must be able to prioritise patient care and to provide accurate assessment and effective ongoing management for a diversity of patient populations in situations ranging from life-saving interventions to managing critical situations.

The Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (EMECC NURSING) is the first international joint degree in advanced nursing available in Europe. It offers a highly specialized education in nursing, with an advanced perspective. The programme combines theoretical teaching, research methodology and activities, communication & management of critical scenarios and advanced evidence-based practice, using state of the art clinical technologies.

EMECC NURSING is promoted by a consortium coordinated by the University of Oviedo (Spain) and counting with the partnership of the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Portugal). All have a track record of nurse training in tight collaboration with local hospitals some of them also collaborating as Associated Partners in the Consortium- and have, therefore, jointly developed a clear picture of the real-life situation of their acute care units.


  • UNIVERSITY OF OVIEDO, Spain (Co-ordinating institution)

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 10000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5000 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

The Masters main objective is to provide a structured and methodologically sound training programme that will cover the shortage of specially trained staff that burdens our health systems intensive and acute care services.

EMECC NURSING course structure balances theoretical education on evidence based nursing, comprehensive clinical practice and a solid scientific instruction through a 90 ECTS (one and a half year) Postgraduate course leading to an international joint degree and diploma supplement recognized by all four institutions.

Semester 1

Will equalize the level of students and offer a strong theoretical and methodological base to build candidate competence. Students will also be able to chose on a first, broad specialization on Adult & Geriatric or Paediatric Clinical Nursing.

Semester 2

Courses focus on core Clinical Practice and choice of elective study track. Core modules target is to ensure a sound professional quality of the candidates, while the elective modules allow students to configure the Master towards one of four optional study tracks: Crisis Resource Management in Nursing, Adult, Geriatric or Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care Nursing.

Semester 3

Consists of a Master Thesis project that includes additional specialization through a tutored practicum. The guided research culminates in a report that will be presented and evaluated by the consortium before awarding the joint degree.

Requirements for Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

To be eligible for the EMECC NURSING Master Programme the applicant must fulfill these minimum requirements:

  • Be the holder of a Bachelor degree in Nursing (a minimum of three years' study at a university and of a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent according to the regulations in the country of origin and to the European regulations).
  • Be proficient in English - Applicants must prove a C1 English level
  • At least three years of work experience in a relevant field after the final higher (tertiary) education degree certificate was issued. Only full-time work will be considered; part-time work will be converted into full-time work so that 150 hours or 20 full-time working days correspond to one month

Work Experience for Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

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