University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care - Official

Type of programme
Official masters
2 semesters
€149.00 / ECTS x 60 = €8,940.00 (+ €494.00 Registrations fees). *Prices corresponding to the 2024-2025 academic year.
Thursday afternoon (3 to 9 p.m.) Accredited life support workshops on a different day and time*
Catalan and Spanish
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Reasons to study this master's degree

1. This official master’s degree is recognised throughout the European Higher Education Area.

2. Simultaneous acquisition of additional specific accreditations: 

  • Certificates in Adult Advanced Life Support and Paediatric Advanced Life Support, issued by the Catalan Resuscitation Council and the European Resuscitation Council.
  • Accredited by the NAEMT (National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians) and endorsed by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Certificate in Prehospital Trauma Life Support –AALS (Adult Advanced Life Support), accredited by the CCR (Catalan Resuscitation Council).

3. It allows medical and nursing professionals to acquire the necessary skills in the field of in-hospital and out-of-hospital emergency and urgent care.

University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care - Official

Academic accreditation

  • Máster Universitario en Urgencias y Emergencias Sanitarias por la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.


The University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care has attracted professional experts from the field of urgent and emergency care to be part of its teaching team. It is taught in a face-to-face format using the most cutting-edge methods of healthcare education with work placements taking centre stage in the student’s learning. 

This master’s degree is managed in cooperation with the International Training Centre of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). This body, with over three decades of experience, is the world’s leading provider of emergency training and is a benchmark in this field.



University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care - Official


The main objective of the University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care is to train and equip qualified doctors and nurses to respond adequately, effectively and efficiently to the needs that arise in in-hospital and out-of-hospital urgent and emergency situations, mainly in terms of healthcare, but also in research and teaching.

The specific academic objectives are:

  1. To teach professionals working in the field of urgent and emergency care, both in hospital and out of hospital
  2. To convey the foundations of urgent and emergency healthcare and teach students how the major emergency medical services work, including their action protocols, resources and procedures
  3. To develop the skills needed to provide assistance to multiple-victim incidents, out-of-hospital births, and situations that require paediatric and neonatal resuscitation procedures
  4. To ensure students acquire knowledge of advanced resuscitation procedures in adult patients and of polytrauma patient care
  5. To enhance health professionals’ teaching and research abilities

Who is this course aimed at? Profile

The Master's degree is suitable for professionals who have a pre-EHEA undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s degree or diploma in nursing or medicine, who are looking to specialise in urgent care and in- and out-of-hospital emergencies.


Directors and coordinators

Dr. Jordi Castillo García

Director of the University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care. PhD in Health from UIC Barcelona.

Mr. Ramón Pedrosa Cebador

Coordinator of praticums and accredited ATLS and MVI courses. Doctoral candidate at UIC Barcelona.


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Study programme and subjects 2024-2025

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Cardiology Emergencies Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 5
Digestive, Renal, Hematological, Endocrine and Metabolic, and Infectious Disease Emergencies Type: OB Term: First semester ECTS: 4
Neurological, Psychiatric, Geriatric and Palliative Care Emergencies Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Obstetric and Paediatric Emergencies Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 12
Specialisation in Anaesthesia, Surgery and Resuscitation Medicine Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Specialisation in Anaesthesia, Surgery and Resuscitation Nursing Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Specialisation in Hospital Emergency Medicine Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Specialisation in Hospital Emergency Nursing Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Specialisation in Intensive Care Unit Medicine Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Specialisation in Intensive Care Unit Nursing Type: OP Term: Second semester ECTS: 4
Trauma and Surgical Emergencies and Anaesthesia Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 5
Emergencies and Critical Patients Type: OB Term: Annual ECTS: 5
Final Master’s Degree Project Type: TF Term: Annual ECTS: 6
Practicum in Comprehensive Care of Critical Patients Type: PR Term: Annual ECTS: 4
Practicum in Emergencies Outside Hospital Settings Type: PR Term: Annual ECTS: 4
Research, Teaching and Simulation in Urgent Care Type: OB Term: Annual ECTS: 6
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English



As part of the University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care at UIC Barcelona, external work placements give students the chance to fully apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired, in real circumstances, whilst under the supervision of a work placement tutor.

They are undertaken as part of an individual programme in a network of healthcare centres and institutions specifically selected for their care and research activity, and their potential for training professionals.

Whilst undertaking the external work placement, students will prepare a report and submit it upon completing the placement. This will contribute to the student's mark.


Job opportunities

The knowledge and skills obtained from this master's degree will allow medicine and nursing graduates to expand their professional work into areas such as:

  • Prehospital emergency medical services
  • Hospital emergency services
  • Intervention and rescue services
  • Emergency primary care services
  • Civil protection services

General regulations

Link to the UIC Barcelona Internal Regulations  


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Open days

ECMO Webinar

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

Oxigenació per membrana extracorpòriaJordi Castillo, director of the University Master's Degree in Urgent And Emergency Care at UIC Barcelona and nurse specialist in extracorporeal circulation and oxygenation techniques at the Bellvitge University Hospital is offering a free one-hour webinar on ECMO, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

It will cover an extracorporeal technique that provides prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to patients with pulmonary and cardiac inability to perform their vital functions normally    an extracorporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose heart and lungs are unable to function and sustain life. 



During the academic year, students will take part in several hands-on workshops in which they will put into practice everything they learn in the theory classes.

  • Adult Advanced Life Support: Accredited 45-hour course: 30 online hours and 15 hours of on-site practical workshops with high fidelity simulation. The instructors are experts in this field and active health workers. The clinical simulation laboratories are an ideal place for learning these skills.
  • PHTLS – Prehospital Trauma Life Support: Course accredited by the NAEMT (National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians) and endorsed by the American College of Surgeons. This workshop has a blended format: it includes an online part, lectures, workshops and simulation activities. The students will take part in various simulations at the end of the course to cement their knowledge.
  • MVI – Multiple Victims: Course accredited by the NAEMT. Taught by expert professionals in multiple victim incidents. After five weeks of workshops, lectures and online learning, the students will finish the course with three simulations in which they will be required handle and treat victims from several catastrophes.


Prerequisites & admissions

Required documentation

Candidates wishing to apply for a place on the programme must provide the following documentation:

  1. Application form (common to all programmes) duly completed
  2. A statement of objectives written by the candidate and describing their personal motivations, as well as the professional and academic objectives that led them to apply for this Master's degree
  3. An academic record of university studies, if the candidate is applying from another university
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Attested photocopies of the applicant's official academic degree certificates



Admission criteria

The admissions procedure consists of a weighted assessment of the candidate’s professional and research record and a face-to-face interview with a member of the Academic Master’s Degree Committee.

In the event that demand exceeds the number of places available on the Master's degree, the admission criteria will also include:

  • Candidate’s academic record mark
  • Individual accreditation by the candidate’s managers at the workplace in which they are currently working in an urgent or emergency care department

Once the admission procedure is complete, the Information and Admissions Service, which is responsible for managing the entrance examinations, will notify each candidate of their results.


Access route

Anyone who fulfils the admission requirements and general prerequisites for accessing the degree programme may apply. The degree programmes with access to this master’s degree are: Holders of a pre-EHEA undergraduate degree, a bachelor’s degree or diploma in nursing or medicine who are looking to specialise in caring for patients who enter hospital through the Accident & Emergency Department, or caring for them in in- and out-of-hospital emergency situations.


Regulations for transfer

Information about regulations for transfer can be found by clicking on the following link.



Reception and tutoring

Information about the welcome and advice provided by UIC Barcelona can be found here:


Grants & financial aid

The University doesn't offer grants for third cycle studies. In order to obtain financial aid, candidates must contact institutions outside UIC Barcelona. 

  1. Grants
  2. Funding and Agreements
  3. Other financial aid





  • Study of the biological and psychological factors that lead patients to want to die.
  • Develop models of diagnosis and of accompaniment and treatment, for the patients and for their family.
  • Develop learning models to train professionals.




  • Health Education, aimed at improving knowledge of health and its population factors and training future health professionals as educators in health.
  • Health Science Education, aimed at improving the training of future health professionals to achieve professional excellence in both their technical competencies and in their interpersonal, self-management, prioritisation, decision-making and inter-professional skills.




  • Apply in clinical practice the biomedical, basic sciences and/or experimental knowledge acquired in the laboratory, with the aim of improving health care.
  • Understand the mechanisms of disease, as well as the demographic, epidemiologic, and/or socio-economic factors that influence it, in addition to its clinical characteristics, diagnostic procedures and/or therapeutic, prognostic factors and/or preventive measures.
  • Analyse best practices in terms of activity, quality, safety, efficiency and satisfaction, at care, professional, organisational, institutional levels and/or as regards the health system itself, as well as in the field of public health and/or health policies.




  • Study scientific progress and establish medical improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Study the interrelationship and translation of the various infectious diseases.
  • Improve the general patient health, reducing the risk of infections and inflammatory diseases.

International mobility

UIC Barcelona's mobility programmes offer students the opportunity to study or undertake a work placement at another Spanish university or a foreign university, inside or outside the European Union.

The University Master's Degree in Urgent and Emergency Care offers students this option, mainly so they can do external or extracurricular work placements. 

Final master's degree project

Final Master’s Degree Projects (TFM) are carried out individually and are, fundamentally, self-led projects that each student will complete under the guidance of a tutor who will help to motivate and facilitate the student’s learning process.

The number of credits allocated to the TFM is 6 ECTS, equivalent to 132 hours of study/student, during which time all the planned tasks including data and preliminary information research, scheduling, planning and structuring of content, organisation and completion will be carried out. 

The main objective of the TFM is for the student to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired during the university master's degree terms of methodology, scheduling, structure, planning, organisation, and communication of the proposed work methods and of the tasks necessary for their implementation. 

Students must use the TFM to demonstrate that they are able to describe and analyse the problem under investigation based on previous studies and scientific background by planning research objectives and design, appropriate applications and the development of the scientific method, as well as foreseeing and applying the methodology for the evaluation of the results. 

Both the progress and the assessment of the TFM will be supervised by the Academic Master’s Degree Committee, made up of lecturers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The Academic Master’s Degree Committee is tasked with:

  1. Assigning the student a tutor based on the subject and number of students.
  2. Proposing juries and appointing the members.
  3. Designing the mark schemes and agreeing on assessment criteria.
  4. Organising the Final Master’s Degree Project defence proposal.
  5. Ensuring the competence-based assessment process and students’ acquisition of competences.

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