Paramedic Science (Pre-Registration) MSc

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

11 January 2021

Duration

2 years full-time

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

This exciting new course provides an opportunity for those who have already undertaken a health related degree to undertake paramedic education. Paramedics are an integral and ever evolving part of the NHS workforce and work as autonomous practitioners, able to conduct complex examinations and undertake diagnostic management procedures. Paramedics work in a multitude of environments, providing urgent and emergency care to patients across the lifespan.

  • This two-year programme is the first of its kind in the North of England and was developed in conjunction with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
  • It provides strong post course employability as a Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP).
  • The course provides a wealth of practice placement opportunities in both ambulance and non-ambulance settings.
  • This pre-registration course enables you to commence study at Masters level, the first of its kind within the North of England to offer this paramedic course

Master’s level students are expected to engage with more complex concepts, beyond that of a Bachelor degree and learners are required to be complete practitioners, capable of leading change and improving service quality.

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations of Paramedic Practice

This module introduces you to the foundations of paramedic practice. You will develop your understanding of the principles of physical science including human development, normal, altered and applied anatomy and physiology leading to the holistic assessment and safeguarding of patients in your care. You will also gain an understanding of the psychological influences which impact on care and critically consider the ways in which safe, effective person centred care can be delivered through effective partnership working.

Contemporary Concepts in Paramedic Practice

This module introduces you to the core concepts to inform contemporary paramedic practice. You will develop an understanding of the HCPC and the purpose of the professional body for paramedics. You will develop your understanding of non-technical skills relevant in paramedic practice and consider the current legal, ethical and moral frameworks which underpin paramedic professionals. You will also develop your understanding of evidence based practice which impacts on care and critically consider the ways in which safe, effective, holistic care can be delivered through effective partnership working.

Paramedic Practice 1

This module introduces you to contemporary paramedic practice. You will develop your professional knowledge, skills and behaviours supporting the scope of clinical practice undertaken by a paramedic linked to the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (2014). This practical module provides opportunity for learning and developing skills through simulated and paramedic practice placements. Within the practice element you will undertake placements with the ambulance service and other healthcare environments. You will reflect on and applying what you have learnt in theory to your experiential learning

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • A first degree (or equivalent) in a relevant human or health related subject
  • Provide a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and health clearances
  • A conditional offer will be made upon completion of an APEL portfolio
  • GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme
  • Relevant prior experience in a health environment
  • Potential to study at master’s level
  • Evidence of recent study (within 5 years)

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Placements


Placements will be positioned at regular intervals throughout the course in blocks of approximately 6 weeks. Both ambulance placements and non-ambulance placements are included and progression through the course will follow a development trajectory with more specialist placements coming later in the course. Non-ambulance placements are sought in a variety of areas, designed to : * Accident and Emergency * Acute care ward (for example Medical assessment units) * Fundamental care (care homes, hospice) * Critical care (ITU/HUD/PPCI) * Labour/Birthing ward * Acute elderly care * Mental health

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of MP3 recorders.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.