Become a paramedic with Queen Margaret University

Are you interested in a career in healthcare where you make a real and immediate difference on the frontline? Do you want to study at a university that prepares you for a career, not just your first job? Queen Margaret University’s new degree in Paramedic Science could be perfect for you.

You could be among the next generation of paramedics qualified to work in communities the length and breadth of Scotland through Queen Margaret University’s (QMU) new degree in Paramedic Science.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, this new three year ordinary BSc Paramedic Science programme reflects the requirement that all paramedics entering the profession from 2021 must have a degree.

With 60 places available for students from September 2020, you can develop the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to provide out-of-hospital care in a range of health settings as a member of an integrated health and social care team.

Over three years, students will learn how to respond safely and effectively in emergency and non-emergency situations, and will develop skills of assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment of people.

Excitingly, the new programme will also utilise virtual reality, provided by Viarama – Scotland’s leading virtual reality social enterprise – which will allow students to practice real-life scenarios in a safe environment.


The role of paramedics is set to expand beyond acute trauma with an increasing focus on the management of long term conditions, mental health care, support of older people and the reduction of unnecessary hospital admissions.

QMU already offers a broad range of allied health programmes, so you will benefit from an inter-professional learning experience unrivalled in any other university in Scotland.

Learning development

Professor Fiona Coutts, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, said: “The announcement of this exciting new programme is a testament to our commitment to interdisciplinary healthcare programmes that give students the knowledge they need to make a real difference in their communities.

“Our School of Health Sciences offers the largest range of professional healthcare programmes of any university in Scotland, and these are designed to create healthcare graduates who think critically and are ready to develop existing practice.

“With our focus on person-centred practice and our excellent student experience, we are delighted to be working alongside the Scottish Ambulance Service to educate paramedics of tomorrow.”

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We are absolutely delighted to work in partnership with these universities – it is exciting to know they will be educating new generations of paramedics who will enter the workforce armed with the latest skills and trained to the highest standards.

“These changes not only increase our capacity for training more paramedics, helping us meet predictions for future demands of patients, but they support the delivery of integrated health and social care.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about this rewarding and exciting new programme at QMU, click here.

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