Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care iBSc

An intercalated BSc degree preparing students 

to work on the front line of the NHS


One of the many reasons to study medicine at Cardiff University is the opportunity to be immersed in the emergency and acute medicine content of undergraduate curricula. One of these opportunities is the ‘Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care’ intercalated BSc (‘EPIC’ iBSc) degree programme. This one-year intercalated degree is open to UK-based medical students (from both Cardiff and other universities) who have obtained or are expected to obtain full GMC undergraduate clinical skills sign-off before the August of each enrolment date. Learning outcomes are closely aligned to the RCEM curriculum (ST1-3). Central University teaching takes place in the purpose built EMAC education suite at the Heath Campus, with pre-hospital and hospital clinical placements across 8 sites in North and South Wales.

Purpose and Learning Outcomes

The EPIC’ iBSc degree programme provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in emergency care, preparing them for an exciting future career in emergency and/or pre-hospital hospital medicine. Our structured curriculum enables students to develop the knowledge and clinical skills needed to undertake the difficult challenges of rapid diagnosis and treatment in emergency conditions. Modules include:

  • Sports, Pre-hospital and Other Emergencies
  • Emergency Diagnostics
  • Resuscitation Science
  • Trauma Science
  • Paediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Intercalated Research Project

Structure and Learning Events

UNIVERSITY TEACHING: University teaching weeks consist of lectures, tutorials, clinical skills and simulation sessions at the fully-equipped purpose-built EMAC education suite at the Heath Park campus in Cardiff.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT TEACHING: Clinical placements are based in busy Emergency Departments across Wales and are punctuated with weekly pre-hospital exposure with the Welsh Ambulance Service (either in an ambulance or on a rapid response vehicle). Each clinical placement week is themed to a syllabus topic for which students will partake in a journal club (critically appraising a landmark paper), sit a mock examination and receive a placement tutorial. 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: The weekly journal club ensures students build the critical appraisal skills required to successfully complete the Intercalated Research Project, whilst hands-on research experience is supervised by an experienced emergency medicine physician or researcher.

EXTERNAL COURSES, CONFERENCES AND TRAINING DAYS: Before the first clinical attachment, students are expected to attend and pass Immediate Life Support (ILS), Paediatric Immediate Life Support (PILS), Pre-Hospital Life Support (PHTLS) and Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport (PHICIS) courses. These external courses, as well as several conferences, are scheduled and funded by the programme. Students also attend joint training days with postgraduate emergency medicine trainees (ACCS/AWSEM trainees) as well as several conferences annually.

Find out more...

Watch the videos below for a programme synopsis (from the programme director) and a student testimonial (from an alumni student) to find out more about the degree and what students experience. If you have any questions please contact a member of the EPIC iBSc team: 

Dr Huw Williams (Programme Director)

Dr Jack Sheppard (2017/18 alumni student)

Important Notice for Prospective Students

Teaching and placement commitments total on average 36-hours a week over a 28-week programme. Night and evening shifts are expected. All hospital / pre-hospital uniforms, on-site accommodation (in hospitals outside the South-East Wales area which are not commutable from Cardiff) and all group booked conferences / life support courses (which sometimes take place of Saturdays) are provided free of charge. Clinical placement allocations in 1-of-4 hubs across North and South Wales are based on students’ preferences (ranked 1-to-4). This ranked preference is sought after being accepted on the programme. However, due to the small number of students in each cohort (16), the small number of placement hubs (4) and the small number of clinical placements (8), we cannot guarantee that students will secure their top choices. Students are made aware of their placement allocations in the June before the relevant academic year. Once allocated, students are not permitted to swap placements. Considerable travel is required for some placements. It is the student’s responsibility to organise reimbursement of all travel expenses from the NHS Bursary Scheme. Before applying students are advised to first review the NHS Bursary Scheme guidelines.

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