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Paramedic Science MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): January 2023
  • Duration: 2 year(s)
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

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.

Course accreditation

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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.

  • Principles of Paramedic Practice (30 credits)
  • Human Health and Illness (30 credits)
  • Legal, Professional & Ethical Practice (30 credits)
  • Advancing Paramedic Practice (40 credits)
  • Preparation for Professional Practice, Leading and Developing Others (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (30 credits)

How you’re taught

Delivery mode

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.

Placement

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

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
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters
  • Essays
  • Multiple-choice and short-answer question exams.
  • Simulated Multi-disciplinary meetings

Contact hours

Facilities

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

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms, Laptop loan stations and PC clusters are distributed across the Clifton Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • 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
  • journals
  • books

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

Further details are available from the College of Paramedics.

Entry requirements

  • 3 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 or above including Science, English and Maths.
  • an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in a human science or healthcare related subject, for example: human science, nursing, midwifery or an allied health profession
  • Applicants holding non-human sciences undergraduate degree, will be considered if they are able to demonstrate subject specific knowledge from another source. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 150 hours of direct care experience. Relevant voluntary experience would be accepted as hours on a case by case basis. The direct patient contact experience must be gained prior to application
  • NMC or HCPC registrants with conditions of practice are not eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants will also need to:

  • make an APEL claim to demonstrate how their previous care experience and graduate studies have equip them to undertake an accelerated paramedic programme
  • undertake an interview with a lecturer, practitioner or service user
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • must be of good health and good character and provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • provide evidence of vaccination against Hep B, or undergo a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

IELTS

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Please note that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Important Information

The MSc Paramedic Science at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

UCAS Tariff

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Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email us.

    Applications to start this course in January 2022 are now open.

    Please note: This course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Student Route sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Student Route visa under the Points Based Immigration System. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

    For this course, you need one of the following:

  • 3 GCSE passes at grade C or grade 4 or above including Science, English and Maths.
  • an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in a human science or healthcare related subject, for example: human science, nursing, midwifery or an allied health profession
  • Applicants holding non-human sciences undergraduate degree, will be considered if they are able to demonstrate subject specific knowledge from another source. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 150 hours of direct care experience. Relevant voluntary experience would be accepted as hours on a case by case basis. The direct patient contact experience must be gained prior to application
  • NMC or HCPC registrants with conditions of practice are not eligible to apply for this course.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Applicants will also need to:

  • make an APEL claim to demonstrate how their previous care experience and graduate studies have equip them to undertake an accelerated paramedic programme
  • undertake an interview with a lecturer, practitioner or service user
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • must be of good health and good character and provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • provide evidence of vaccination against Hep B, or undergo a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Fees

Study route Home (UK students)
Full-time £7,700
Part-time (cost per year of study) £3,850 (for Year One*)

The above fees are for 2022 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, we award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Download the application form.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees

Study routeInternational / EU students
Full-time £15,850
Part-time (cost per year of study) £7,925 (for Year One*)

The above fees are for 2022 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Applications to start this course in 2022 are now open.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page to complete your application. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Application closing date: TBC

Interviews will commence: TBC

Writing your application
Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you read the entry criteria for the course and include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date
After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder. You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Good luck with your application!

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Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Applications to start this course in 2022 are now open.

Please note: This course does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration requirements for Tier 4 sponsorship and therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require a Tier 4 visa under the Points Based Immigration System. Applicants to this course must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the course.

Application closing date: TBC

Interviews will commence: TBC

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.