Today’s Paramedic is a highly skilled healthcare practitioner, who provides high quality urgent or emergency care to patients in a wide range of exciting, fast-paced and challenging environments. The Paramedic profession is at the forefront of the developing modern NHS, with paramedics extending their role in to an increasing range of new and exciting areas.
Upon successful completion of this 2-year MSc Programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Paramedic.
What you’ll study
This course aims to provide a full-time, two-year route to achieving the MSc Paramedic Science by combining all the components required by paramedic registration in this unified programme of study that builds upon your undergraduate experience.
90 credits will be completed at each year at Level 7.
How you’re taught
As a postgraduate learner, your course is built on a blended learning approach with elements of face-to-face tuition in university, alongside online and independent learning activities. You will also spend approximately 750 hours on placement, predominantly with your practice educator within the ambulance service, but also in a range of additional placements that will compliment your experience and learning.
Practice placement is a compulsory component of the course to enable you to develop the necessary competencies required for registration and practice as a registered Paramedic. You will not be paid for this time and travel expenses are not refunded as part of the course.
You will spend most of you time on placement working with your dedicated Practice Educator who will guide and develop your skills and knowledge.
You will follow compulsory clinical shift patterns of your Practice Educator and this will include unsociable hours including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays. You will be expected to complete approximately 1,500 hours over the 2 years of the programme.
Assessment methods on the course include but are not limited to:
- OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) – Practical demonstrations of skills in a simulated environment
- Practice Educators observations of competency in practice
- An E-portfolio (PebblePad)
- Case studies
- Reflective accounts
- Academic posters
- Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.
- Simulated Multi-disciplinary meetings
As a paramedic student you will have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the newly refurbished clinical skills centre in the Lionel Robbins building and other facilities at Clifton campus, including:
- clinical skills areas
- lecturer theatres and teaching classrooms
- open access PC’s and secure wireless points
- study areas and social spaces
- Pavilion cafe,
- The Point Student Union
Our IT resource rooms, Laptop loan stations and PC clusters are distributed across the Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to:
- Microsoft Office
- web browsing
- networked file storage
- high-speed online printing services
Book and Library resources
In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within Paramedicine. The library’s OneSearch system provides access to all our:
- electronic resources
We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.
Careers and employability
After graduating from this MSc degree in Paramedic Science, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. Your career prospects in this field are excellent because of the current high demand for registered paramedics in urgent and emergency care settings, locally, nationally and internationally.
Following the completion of your Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) programme in addition to the traditional roles of the Ambulance paramedic there are many other roles available to you as your experience grows.
These include but are not limited to:
- Advanced Paramedic (AP)/ Specialist Paramedic (SP) Specialising in Emergency Department, Prehospital or Primary care
- Critical care paramedic (CCP)
- Hazardous area response teams (HART)
- Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
- Helicopter / Search and rescue
- Wilderness / Remote medical support
- Telephone triage /111 call advisors
- Event medics
- Primary care paramedic (GP or Community)
- Emergent or Urgent care (Hospital)
- Mental Health Specialist