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:

John Donaghy - Programme Leader

tel: +44 (0)1707 284538

e: j.donaghy@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

  • Independent reflection in professional practice 1

    An individually negotiated course that, by the use of a blend of profession specific tutor supported independent study and work based learning, facilitates the student to explore, reflect upon and develop the individual learning achieved through the day to day activities in their area of professional practice. Mapping to KSF (only relevant to students employed by NHS): The module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for KSF Core dimensions 1, 2, 4, and 5. Additional dimensions will depend upon the activities selected by the student.

  • Principles and Practice of Advanced Pre-hospital Trauma Care

    This module is designed to enable practitioners currently working in the pre-hospital emergency medical care field to broaden their understanding of and skills in management of trauma patients. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding in the following NHS KSF Dimensions: C: 1,2,3,4,5 & 6; HWB: 1,2,3,5,6,7&8; IF: 1,2&3; G: 1,2,6&7. EF: 3.

  • Research Dissertation

    This module is primarily self-directed where students will undertake a self-directed independent research project typically under the direction of a project supervisor or supervisors. Any quantitative, qualitative or combined methodologies may be used as appropriate to the question under investigation. Library based projects and reviews may be considered but must address a clear research question and follow a rigorous, structured methodology. Students are required to undertake the project in an area relevant to their work practice. Research may form part of an ongoing programme of research in the School or the students' place of work, but must show evidence of originality. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding of Core Dimensions 1,2,4,5,General 2 and Information and Knowledge 2,3.

Optional

  • Cardiology in Out-of-hospital Care

    This 30 credit Level M module builds upon existing knowledge of cardiology. Through the acquisition of advanced cardiovascular assessment skills, students will develop the ability to recognise normal findings and identify specific cardiovascular pathology. This will support the formulation of a differential diagnosis based on focused cardiovascular history taking and an expanded knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology alongside an enhanced understanding of a wide range of cardiovascular conditions in both emergency and primary care settings. Students will develop the ability to synthesise and critically analyse information and review evidence based management for a range of conditions in out-of-hospital cardiology. The presentation of cardiovascular events will be studied alongside the appropriate therapeutic interventions that will allow the student to make appropriate responses and interventions to these conditions. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding in the following NHS KSF Dimensions: C: 1,2,3,4,5 & 6; HWB: 1,2,3,5,6,7 & 8; IF: 1,2 & 3; G: 1 & 2.

  • Clinical Negligence

    The module examines and develops understanding of clinical negligence liability and allows participants to critically evaluate the legal and ethical implications of the law in this area. Key areas for analysis include the duty of care owed to patients by health care professionals, breach of that duty, the rules on causation and remoteness of damage, the defences of necessity and contributory negligence, litigation procedure and compensatory awards and alternatives to the fault based system.

  • Developing and Managing People in Healthcare

    Students will be supported in the achievement of the learning outcomes through the use of the application of theory and models to their own and peer's work environments. Participants will take part in online activities that will support their learning. Students will be required to analyse theoretical concepts, critically appraise the literature and examine the theory and the reality of practice. Students will be expected to access databases and the wider web based material, as well as written literature. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for Core Dimensions 1, 2, 4, 6 and to General 1, 6, 7.

  • Facilitation of Education in Practice 1

    This module, by the use of tutor supported independent study and workshops, explores, reflects upon and develops the individual learning achieved through the support, mentorship and educational role associated with their professional practice eg the support of peers, more junior colleagues, unqualified staff including students, other members of the multidisciplinary team,clients and carers and members of external organisations. The module will be supported by blended learning initiatives which will enable the student to maximise their learning in the practice environment. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for Core Dimensions 1, 2, 3,4, 5,6 Information and Knowledge 2, 3 and General 1 and 6

  • Facilitation of Education in practice 2

    This course, by the use of tutor supported independent study and workshops, explores, reflects upon and develops the individual learning achieved through the support and mentorship role associated with the support of learners in the practice setting. This module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for KSF Core Dimensions 1, 2, 3,4, 5,6 Information and Knowledge 2, 3 and General 1 and 6.

  • Imaging for Trauma

    This module takes an overview of the traumatic processes that affect the bones and joints of the skeleton. The module includes the effect of the mechanisms of injury on the skeleton and on patient presentation. There will be emphasis on image appearances, both of normal images and the changes brought about by trauma. The module will be suitable for health care professionals whose employment involves working with radiographic images. Mapping to KSF dimensions: the module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding of Core dimensions 2, 4, 5, Health and Well Being 7 and 9

  • 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 reflection in professional practice 2

    An individually negotiated course that, by the use of a blend of profession specific tutor supported independent study and work based learning, facilitates the student to explore, reflect upon and develop the individual learning achieved through the day to day activities in their area of professional practice. Mapping to KSF (only relevant to students employed by NHS): The module contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for KSF Core dimensions 1, 2, 4, and 5. Additional dimensions will depend upon the activities selected by the student.

  • Independent work based skills 1

    This is an individually negotiated module that, by use of profession specific 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 chosen area of professional 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.

  • 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.. A suitable clinical practice supervisor may be identified as required by the nature of the area of practice. The nature of the clinical practice area must not duplicate that undertaken in 7HEP1047 or 7HSK0062.

  • Research Methods

    The module consists of both traditional and blended learning, including lectures, group and peer led tutorials, and directed learning tasks. Students will be expected to participate in discussions regarding the philosophical considerations and practical issues surrounding research within the healthcare or work setting. Students will be encouraged to draw on past experiences of research and evaluative processes (e.g. audit) and actively engage in critical evaluation of relevant published material within their specialist field in addition to generic research methodology literature. Through these processes, students will develop their understanding of the key issues underpinning research in practice and the place of research within evidence based healthcare or their work setting. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the knowledge and understanding for Core Dimensions 2,4, Information and knowledge, 2,3 and General 1,2.

  • Research Methods Distance Learning

    Using a distance learning model of delivery, students will be facilitated to explore the philosophical considerations and practical issues surrounding research within the healthcare or work setting. Students will be encouraged to draw on past experiences of research and evaluative processes (e.g. audit) and actively engage in critical evaluation of relevant published material within their specialist field in addition to generic research methodology literature. Through these processes, students will develop their understanding of the key issues underpinning research in practice and the place of research within evidence based healthcare. Mapping to KSF: This module contributes to the knowledge and understanding for Core Dimensions 2,4, Information and knowledge, 2,3 and General 1,2.

Fees & funding

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