UCC Undergraduate courses

Paramedic Studies – Practitioner Entry

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Paramedic Studies – Practitioner Entry

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU Fees: A Student Contribution Fee of €3,000 and a Capitation Fee of €138 are payable in full by all students per annum at registration. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered practitioner, Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (NFQ Level 7), Emergency Medical Technology (NFQ Level 7), Diploma in Paramedical Science (NFQ Level 7) or Diploma in Military Special Operations Forces Medical Care (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent, Personal Statement, English Language Requirements. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points


  • Closing Date

    3 July 2023

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    31 May 2022

Course Outline

The Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-hospital emergency care programmes and professional experience. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice and specialist areas assisting you in your professional development and life-long learning.

Graduates of this programme will be in a position to compete for more specialised roles in the paramedical field. Competition for these places is high and having an NFQ Level 8 BSc [Hons] qualification will provide you with a strong foundation to compete in this evolving and dynamic field. Graduates of the programme will be eligible for Post Graduate programmes.

This programme considers the challenge of managing a job while studying, by delivering teaching using a learning approach of e-learning and participation in workshops. This innovative programme aims to widen your academic understanding of clinical care, to engage with and critique the research that drives professional practice.

This programme does not lead to a PHECC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council) registrable qualification.

Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University's English Language requirements.

The BSc programme instils a traditional academic approach to the online teaching of paramedic studies. Delivery of the course is underpinned by four themes of enhancing professional knowledge, enhancing the paramedic profession, personal development, and research. Today the role of a paramedic is dynamic and evolving; upon completion of the degree, graduates will be well positioned to compete for more specialised roles within the paramedical field and advance within their profession.

The programme team has considered the challenges of working whilst studying. Therefore, this programme is designed to make use of e-learning technology affording a time-flexible learning.

The BSc will be delivered by a panel of experts and will ensure that students are facilitated through all aspects of the programme including ongoing pastoral direction. Teaching will be delivered by e-learning which will be supported by co-ordinators through online contact, and by participation in workshops utilising the world-class clinical resources available to UCC’s College of Medicine and Health.


Year one modules:

  • MD3010 Academic Writing, Information Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (5 credits).
  • MD3011 Health Protection I (5 credits).
  • MD3012 Principles of Human Structure for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits)
  • MD3013 Application of Evidence-Based Practice for Paramedics (10 credits)
  • MD3015 Topographic Anatomy for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits)
  • MD3017 Personal Development (5 credits)
  • MD3019 Crime Scene and Forensic Responsibilities (5 credits)
  • MD4010 Research in Paramedic Practice I (10 credits)
  • MD4011 Remote Emergency Care for Paramedics (10 credits)

Year Two Modules:

  • MD3014 Professional Development (5 credits).
  • MD3016 Human Physiology for Practitioner Paramedics (10 credits)
  • MD3018 Pharmacology for Practitioner Paramedics (5 credits)
  • MD4012 Understanding Clinical Practice (10 credits)
  • MD4013 Health Protection II (5 credits)
  • MD4014 Research in Paramedic Practice II (25 credits)

 You will be required to attend the University for a number of clinical days in order to complete some components in person such as the remote care element and clinical placement in an Emergency Department. 

You will be informed by your co-ordinator of the dates after you have been awarded a place on the course. 

See College Calendar for additional information on the programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme will be taught over 24 months (Sep 2023 to Aug 2025) via blended learning.

Course Practicalities

The BSc (Hons) Paramedic Studies is an online learning programme  Each 5 credit module requires 100 hours of student effort and 10 credits requires 200 hours up to the main research module which is 25 credits which requires 500 hours of student effort.

This programme will be delivered online. As such there are specific technical requirements that you need to meet.

You will need access to a laptop or desktop (either Mac OS or Windows) running a relatively recent operating system (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or Mac OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10).

You will need access to a reliable broadband connection with at least 2MB download speeds. You can test your broadband or 4G speeds by visiting http://www.speedtest.net  

You must have a modern web browser installed.


The programme is based wholly on continuous assessment allowing the student to progress and succeed within an online learning environment.

Who teaches this course

Staff in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Public Health.

Why Choose This Course

BSc Hons Paramedic Studies - Practitioner Entry is a level 8 programme open to practising Paramedics who wish to advance their careers. This programme is due to commence in September 2023.

This two-year programme is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It is designed to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas.

Graduates of this programme will be in a position to compete for more specialised roles in the paramedical field. Competition for these places is high and having a level 8 BSc qualification will provide you with a strong foundation to compete and give you options to specialise further in the future.


Applicants must be a registered practitioner for the duration of the programme.

Applicants must hold a Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (NFQ Level 7) or Emergency Medical Technology (NFQ Level 7) or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement indicating their reasons for wishing to enter this programme.

Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University's English language requirements.

On completion of this programme, it is expected that the graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of paramedical science from a multidisciplinary perspective including anatomy, epidemiology and public health, medico-legal, nursing, pharmacology, physiology and psychology.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary issues in the field of paramedical practices and sciences; displaying understanding on the importance of continuous professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Apply a holistic and integrated approach to paramedic practice
  • Be sensitive to contemporary issues within socially and culturally diverse communities and prepare to respond effectively to such issues during paramedic practice
  • Examine current research and developments in paramedicine and evaluate their implications in the paramedic profession.
  • Carry out a focused piece of scholarly research in the area of paramedical science

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs


For course fees please refer to the 2023/2024 EU Undergraduate Fees Schedule for this programme : Fee Schedules 2023/24 | University College Cork (ucc.ie)


From 2023/24 the EU Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 per annum and the Capitation Fee is €138 per annum.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants

The application process for the BSc Paramedic Studies - Practitioner Entry 2023/2024 will open on February 6th 2023.

Applications are made through the UCC APPLY portal only.

The UCC APPLY portal will be made available on this webpage on the programme application opening date.


EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 31 May 2022

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact