Master of Emergency Medical Care

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Programme Duration 

  • Full-time: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 2 years
  • Part-time: Minimum 1 year and Maximum 3 years
  • NQF Level 9, 180 Credits
  • Research dissertation 100%

The primary purpose of this qualification is to provide qualifying students with the ability to:
1. Perform independent scientific research with an original component
2. Contribute to knowledge of and insight into emergency medical care as well as the specific discipline of research
3. Display skills in related research methodologies and in proper formulation through a master’s dissertation
4. Reflect upon decision-making, self-directedness and contributions to medical science.

The student will be able to:
1. Identify, formulate, prepare and solve research problems.
2. Execute the research project at the appropriate level.
3. Collect, organize, check, evaluate and write a proper literature review organizing the appropriate information in an understandable and logic manner.
4. Acquire learning abilities in the research context including the assessment of scientific literature, execution of research methodologies including the gathering of data and evaluating the information obtained.
5. Report research findings at the appropriate level.
6. Make conclusions, suggestions and recommendations based on the data collected that are reasonable and justifiable.

Rules of Access and Admission Requirements

A 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medical Care or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard as determined by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on:

• Consideration of a draft proposal
• Prior academic performance
• Structured personal interview

Pass Requirements
Students are assessed via submission of a dissertation in line with the Senate Higher Degrees Policy of the University


  • A research project and a dissertation. The research component is 100%.


Programme Duration

  • Full-time: Minimum 2 years and Maximum 4 years
  • Part-time: Minimum 2 years and Maximum 5 years
  • NQF level 10, 360 Credits
  • Research thesis 100%

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy: Emergency Medical Care Degree is to promote the career advancement of graduates in the field of emergency medical care and rescue by enabling students to conduct independent, novel research in emergency medical care and rescue.

This Doctoral Degree aims to provide members of the profession an opportunity to conduct independent original research through scientific discourse and independent investigation contributing to the development of the field of emergency medical care and rescue. The outcome of this field-specific Doctoral Degree is a comprehensive and systematic grasp of an in-depth body of knowledge in the field of emergency medical care and rescue with the development of specialist expert knowledge, thereby contributing to evidence based professional practice.

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue and a mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with the field of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue.
2. Demonstrate the ability to conceive, design and implement research with scholarly integrity.
3. Make a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work in an area of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue, some of which merits national or international refereed publication.

Rules of Access and Admission Requirements

Prior Learning

It is assumed that the student has specialist knowledge in research methodology and:
• Is knowledgeable about ethical considerations in relation to research in Emergency Medical Care and Rescue.
• Is competent in research proposal writing.
• Is competent to undertake research.
• Is competent in report writing and dissemination.
• Has expertise in the area to be investigated.

Access to the Qualification

An appropriate Master’s Degree in the field of Emergency Medical Care and Rescue is required. Alternatively, conferment of status may be granted through an internal evaluation process in alignment with institutional policies.

Applications from persons with an M Tech degree in Emergency Medical Care or equivalent qualifications will be considered by a constituted status committee in line with the Universities and Faculties regulations.

Selection Criteria

The selection of Doctoral students will be done in accordance with rules and regulations of the Higher Degrees Committee of the University of Johannesburg as stipulated for inter-disciplinary programmes:

“In the case of interdisciplinary degrees, the Executive Dean of the home faculty (i.e. the one originally enrolling the student and registering the project), in consultation with the HODs concerned and/or supervisors, determines whether the applicant’s prior study provides a sufficient foundation for the proposed Doctoral study, and may require a supplementary study programme as a condition for admission. Assessment of prior knowledge (which may be an essay or an oral assessment) may be set as a formal prerequisite for admission or continuation. The Executive Dean concerned (as well as other Executive Deans if involved) signs the application for admission and indicates any specific conditions that are laid down. The proposal is signed by all supervisors concerned, and is then processed according to the normal procedures obtaining in that (home) faculty. Specific conditions laid down for the programme must be stated in the proposal.”

The basic guideline is that students must have obtained a Masters in Emergency Medical Care or equivalent qualification in Emergency Medicine. In addition, the student must be able to develop a research proposal for the intended research project. The selection and allocation of postgraduate students depends on the availability of supervisors.

Pass Requirements
1. The final outcome of a thesis which is ratified in accordance with the post graduate policy approved by the Senate. The results are considered by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee for approval, sent to Faculty Board for ratification and then to Senate Higher Degrees Committee for noting in accordance with the University’s Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Studies Policy.
2. It is expected of the student, in collaboration with the supervisor, to submit a journal article for publication in accordance with UJ policy and procedures.


  • A research thesis. The research component is 100%.