About the course

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 inter-professional 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

·         Research dissertation (45 credits)

·         Research investigation (45 credits)

·         Research methods (15 credits)


Paramedic science modules

·         Care of older people in the out-of-hospital care (30 credits)

·         Cardiology in out-of-hospital care (30 credits) 

·         Independent professional study 1 and study 2 (15/30 credits)

·         Independent reflection in professional practice (15/30 credits)

·         Independent work-based skills (15/30 credits)

·         Principles and practice of advanced pre-hospital trauma care  (30 credits)


Optional inter-professional modules

·         Advanced decision making in contemporary health (15 credits)

·         Coaching to enhance leadership for health professionals (15 credits)

·         Developing and managing people in health and social care (15 credits)

·         Developing research skills for health professionals - distance learning (15 credits)

·         E-learning in the practice environment (15 credits)

·         Facilitation of education in practice (15/30 credits)

·         Management of long term MSK related conditions (15 credits)

·         Musculoskeletal pathologies: image recognition (15 credits)

·         Musculoskeletal trauma: image recognition (15 credits)

·         Obesity and weight management (15 credits)

·         Pain, contemporary issues in the health sciences (15 credits)


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 inter professional 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).

Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Medical Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Professional program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Medical schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for College of Medical Studies. This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Medical Studies meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's Medical degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

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 * Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.

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