Paramedic Science MSc

About the course

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The MSc in Paramedic Science course provides a flexible and innovative approach to postgraduate education. Paramedics need to demonstrate a range of well developed managerial, leadership, interpersonal and problem solving skills, in addition to the more specialist clinical elements, which this course supports.

The course is designed to enhance your current knowledge and understanding and give you opportunities to challenge and critically evaluate your professional practice. The aim is to advance your skills as a professional and enhance your career pathway.

The various modules in this course have been designed and developed to ensure they match the requirements that paramedics need to demonstrate. It also includes interprofessional modules, which are aimed at health professionals who cross professional boundaries in their day-to-day practice. These modules compliment this provision ensuring you have the right skills to engage in
these new emerging roles.

The MSc Paramedic Science course includes a significant level of theoretical and practical elements which gives you the opportunity to focus on independent learning in order to gain problem solving and decision making skills. In addition, all modules include a solid theoretical background which supports the connection between learning and using the skills in practice.

Course structure

The MSc in Paramedic Science course is modular in structure. If you wish to collect credits towards and award or a qualification see below the award and credit requirements:

  • Postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
  • Postgraduate diploma - 120 credits
  • Masters degree - 180 credits

To complete a Masters degree award for this course you need to collect the following credits:

  • Research modules - 60 credits
  • Paramedic science modules - minimum 30 credits
  • Optional interprofessional modules - maximum 90 credits

Module Structure

Research modules

Paramedic science modules

Optional interprofessional modules

View and download the MSc Paramedic Science brochure

Why choose this course?

  • It gives you the opportunity to share ideas with other health professions in order to develop intellectual abilities and assist in the advancement of health care
  • It offers you flexible study options based on a modular structure
  • It includes interprofessional learning
  • Teaching is done by experienced staff and visiting external specialists
  • You benefit from excellent facilities including paramedic skills and laboratories and research laboratories

Entry requirements...

Applicants should be registered paramedics. If you do not possess a relevant university degree you must provide evidence of appropriate continued professional development of level six studies and a commitment towards personal and professional development.

You must have at least one year’s post-qualification experience (post internship).

You must also satisfy the University's English language requirement for this programme, IELTS at Level 7.0 (including 7.0 in the writing component).

For more information and application forms contact:

Laurien Williams - Programme Leader

tel: +44 (0)1707 285928

e: l.2.williams@herts.ac.uk

Study routes

  • Full Time, 2 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years

Locations

  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Teaching methods

Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.

Delivery of modules incorporates blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning. You need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended). Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable. If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you. Please contact the module lead for details.

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters and practical examinations.

Work Placement

A number of modules require the practitioner to either be in full time employment with NHS Ambulance Trusts, or have access to various clinical placements.

In addition a number of modules have been developed which do not require the necessary clinical placements, for those who do not have access to clinical areas

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

Optional

  • Expert Witness

    This module will prepare students to become expert witnesses within their professional fields. The module provides opportunities to participate in related activities within a court setting and will be taught by appropriately qualified personnel from within the field of law. Students will be supported through their learning using experiential techniques within a court room setting

  • Immunology in Health and Illness

    This 30 credit module, in which all lectures are delivered entirely over the internet, introduces the student to the ways in which the immune system affects all aspects of health, ill health and healing. An introduction to the fundamentals of the human immune system is followed by the ways in which the immune system affects the individual throughout the life span, in health and ill health. Students will then discover how a use of this knowledge will enable them to improve the care of their patients or clients, by understanding what is happening at an immunological level. Students will also be required to contribute to the on-line discussions, as well as lead one of them.

  • Independent Professional Study 1

    The module enables students to study areas of personal interest within their own professional context. The topic will inform and be of benefit to development of their practice. An individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study is developed with guidance from an academic tutor. Mapping to KSF (only relevant to students employed in the NHS) The module contributes to the development and understanding for KSF Core dimensions 1,2,4,5. Additional dimensions will be identified by the student depending on their chosen topic and will be identified in the course guide.

  • Independent Professional Study 2

    The module enables students to study areas of personal interest within their own professional context. The topic will inform and be of benefit to development of their practice. An individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study will be developed with guidance from an academic tutor. Mapping to KSF (only relevant to students employed in the NHS) The module contributes to the development and understanding for KSF Core Dimensions 1,2,4,5. Additional dimensions will be identified by the student depending on their chosen topic and will be identified in the course guide.

  • Independent work based skills 2

    This is an individually negotiated module that, by use of tutor supported independent study, explores, reflects upon and develops the learning and skills acquisition of the individual. The module enables students to develop skills in a particular area of practice as identified by the individual and supported by their line manager where relevant. The area of skills development will be of benefit to developing their own area of practice. An individually tailored outcomes-based programme of study is developed with guidance from a profession specific academic tutor. A clinical placement within the area appropriate to their practice and with agreement from their line manager (where relevant) is required in order to undertake the module.

Fees & funding

Fees 2015/16

To be confirmed

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2014

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21/01/201517/01/2016Apply online (Part Time)

2015

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21/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Full Time)
21/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)
21/01/201617/01/2017Apply online (Part Time)
21/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)
21/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)
21/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)