Master in Prehospital Critical Care part-time

Demands for quality in prehospital services are increasing. At UiS, we offer an interdisciplinary master's programme for health personnel in prehospital emergency care and medicine.

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4 years / 8 semesters

Number of study places


ECTS credits


Language of instruction


Study start

August every year

Master's programme for people who work in prehospital emergency care.

Hospital structures change, the transport distances increase as the patient is sent directly to sufficiently competent hospitals, and more advanced treatment is applied in the prehospital phase. The evidence base for various prehospital treatments is challenged. Therefore, there is an increasing emphasis on and demand for quality in prehospital critical care.

One aim of the programme is to supply prehospital care providers with academic ability to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field. This programme is the only international master in Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC), and the teaching language is English.

  • 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 Prehospital critical care?
  • Do you want to study in a multidisciplinary environment?
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The master's programme is open for international applicants (Photo: Per Kristian Hyldmo).

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 annually, starting every fall semester. The PHCC part-time programme is flexible and accessible for participants who work full time. Admission to the full-time programme may qualify for a Norwegian study permit.

There are no similar programmes in Norway or Scandinavia, and it is the only international master within this field. The programme was developed in collaboration with the Norwegian Air Ambulance (SNLA) and the University of Stavanger.

Career prospects

Different positions within prehospital and emergency medicine/critical care,e.g. system development and dissemination of knowledge, and positions requiring the ability to initiate, develop and evaluate research and quality improvement projects.

Completed master's degree qualifies for admissions to PhD studies.

Learning outcomes

All study programmes at the UiS have a set of defined learning targets. Read more about the learning outcome for this study programme.

A candidate who has completed this master program will have learnt the following:


The candidate:

  • Has advanced knowledge within prehospital critical care, and specialized insight in a limited area
  • Has thorough knowledge of philosophy of science and scientific methods applicable in prehospital research
  • Has thorough knowledge of health care ethics and communication, especially related to prehospital critical care


The candidate:

  • Can critically appraise existing theories, methods and interpretations in prehospital critical care
  • Can analyze and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • Can analyze the strengths and weaknesses of multi-organizational work environments, specifically in relation to management, communication and teamwork
  • Can design and execute an independent research and development project in accordance with applicable norms for research

General Competence

The candidate:

  • Can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out assignments and projects
  • Can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the prehospital academic field
  • Can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public
  • Can use new and current knowledge to improve quality of patient care and challenge scope of practice of prehospital critical care

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed either a Medical degree (physician) or a bachelor's degree in nursing or paramedic. Applicants must also have at least two years post-qualification experience (full-time) in prehospital emergency care.

Other applicants may be considered if they have at least five years of full-time working experience in prehospital emergency care and minimum 60 ECTS in paramedic sciences or equivalent study programmes.

Supplementary rules for admission

Application and admission


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Study plan and courses

Already a student? Find the full study programme description and study plan here
  • Compulsory courses

    • Communication and Decision making in Prehospital Emergency Medical Care

      Year 1, semester 1

      Communication and Decision making in Prehospital Emergency Medical Care (MPH110)

      Study points: 10

    • Prehospital Emergency Medical Care

      Year 1, semester 1

      Prehospital Emergency Medical Care (MPH120)

      Study points: 10

    • Traumatology in Prehospital Critical Care

      Year 1, semester 2

      Traumatology in Prehospital Critical Care (MPH140)

      Study points: 10

    • Quantitative Research Methods

      Year 2, semester 3

      Quantitative Research Methods (MPH100)

      Study points: 5

    • Philosophy of Caring

      Year 2, semester 3

      Philosophy of Caring (MPH130)

      Study points: 10

    • Qualitative Research Methods

      Year 2, semester 4

      Qualitative Research Methods (MPH105)

      Study points: 5

    • Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness

      Year 2, semester 4

      Major Incidents: Medical Management and Preparedness (MPH160)

      Study points: 10

    • Applied Scientific Methods

      Year 3, semester 6

      Applied Scientific Methods (MPH170)

      Study points: 10

    • Master Thesis in Prehospital Critical Care

      Year 3, semester 6

      Master Thesis in Prehospital Critical Care (MPHMAS)

      Study points: 30

  • Term 5: Exchange study or courses at UiS

    • Term 5: Study abroad

    • Choose two courses

      • Patient safety - theory and practice

        Year 3, semester 5

        Patient safety - theory and practice (MHV204)

        Study points: 10

      • Point of Care Technology (POCT)

        Year 3, semester 5

        Point of Care Technology (POCT) (MPH150)

        Study points: 10

      • Prehospital Anaesthesia and Transport Medicine

        Year 3, semester 5

        Prehospital Anaesthesia and Transport Medicine (MPH210)

        Study points: 10

Frequently asked questions

Please find answers to several FAQs below. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us.

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Photo: Svein Lunde, Helse Stavanger

Are there tuition fees or other costs?

From the academic year 2023/2024, non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees at the University of Stavanger, on the condition that the required amendment to the the Norwegian Universities Act will be adopted by the Storting (the Norwegian parliament).

Tuition fee for Master in Prehospital Critical care: 125,000 NOK per academic year (60 ECTS)

You will not have to pay tuition fees if: 

  • You are an exchange student
  • You started your degree studies in Norway before 2023
  • You are have a citizenship from EU/EEA or Switzerland
  • If you have a permanent residence permit in Norway or other special connection to Norway according to the list of exceptions.

All students must pay a semester fee of NOK 825 (subject to change).

Does the University of Stavanger offer funding?

The university does not offer funding for undergraduate or Master level postgraduate degrees. The majority of Norwegian students are self-funding their degrees, as students normally take up student loans through the Norwegian government’s student loan agency Lånekassen.

Is this master offered as a distance learning program or on campus?

The courses are organized in either 3-day seminars or 1-week seminars, and most courses has an 80% attendance requirement. The number of seminars per course or semester will vary from semester to semester, but part time students can expect 2-4 seminars each semester.

What kind of teaching methods do you use, and is clinical practice a part of the degree?

The course teachers use a number of different teaching methods, including lectures, Zoom webinars, simulation exercises and written assignments. Teaching methods will vary, depending on the course. The master does not offer clinical practice courses, the focus is on academic skills as it aims to provide students with the tools to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field, and develop skills for quality and competence improvement.

Will I need to move to Stavanger?

The master is offered a full-time program and a part- time program. It’s not required for full-time students to live locally, but it’s highly recommended. Current part-time students live and work across Europe, and travel to Stavanger for seminars.

Please note that non-EU/EAA students must be full-time students to qualify for a study permit. More information regarding study permits is available at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s website, or here.

How do I apply?

You apply and upload your documentation at the Søknadsweb application portal. Find more information here.

What happens if I miss the application deadline?

If you miss the application deadline, the university will not consider your application and you will have to apply next year as a rule. If there are available places at the program after we have sent out offers (normally in May/June), however, we will open for new applicants. If you miss the deadline, stay tuned to our website for updates regarding available places.

Is the part-time program open for students living in non-EU/EAA countries?

International students can apply to both the part-time program and the full-time program. Part-time students do not qualify for a study permit however, so it must be possible for you to travel to Stavanger for seminars.

Prehospital Care at University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger offers educational programs on all levels within prehospital care.

Ambuklansepersonell øver på luftveishåndtering på traumedukke
The Faculty of Health Sciences is involved in a variety of research projects within prehospital care (Photo: Elisabeth Tønnessen).

The Bachelor Program in Paramedicine was started in 2019 and was the most popular university program in Norway that year, measured in applicants per place. The program forms the basis for an educational pathway in prehospital care. 

The international Master Program in Prehospital Critical Care aims to train prehospital care providers to critically appraise the knowledgebase in their field and develop skills for quality and competence improvement. The students are paramedics, nurses and physicians with clinical experience from prehospital care. The program started in 2014, and currently has students from four continents. 

The PhD program in Health and medicine has several PhD students with research topics within prehospital care and in cooperation with the Norwegian Air Ambulance a research cluster in prehospital patient safety has been established as part of the research centre SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare. In cooperation with local key players in innovation a PhD project is running focusing on remote learning in prehospital ultrasound examinations.

Student life in Stavanger


Førsteamanuensis i prehospital Critical care
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
General inquiries

Katrine Maritvold

Admissions office

For questions regarding the application process please contact