Physicians’ associates are in demand because of a shortfall in the number of doctors; they diagnose, treat and care for patients in a variety of specialist settings. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, our MSc will train you in a wide range of clinical skills.
As a physician associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; prescribe medication (subject to legislation); and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion.
Our Masters degree will help you develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware physician’s associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills.
Your study will be divided equally between theory and practice. Besides lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, role play and simulated skills work on campus, you’ll complete a programme of clinical placement rotations in hospital wards, outpatient settings and general practice across the East of England in the following clinical specialties (minimum hours in brackets):
This is an intensive and challenging course – but one which offers its own, significant rewards.
For September 2018 the curriculum is being aligned to the developing role of the Physician Associate. This is to ensure that our students are fully prepared for employment on their graduation.
Senior Lecturer: Samantha Cryer
Senior Lecturer: Nasser Dalily-Yazdi
Senior Lecturer: Jade Moore
The UK physician’s associate scheme builds on 40 years’ proven success of a similar system in the USA. Physician associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK, not least because they help to mitigate the UK shortfall in medics as well as contributing to the general efficiency of improving health are delivery for all NHS patients.
There are increasing opportunities for employment in the NHS acute and primary healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate physician associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialties.
We use a range of assessment methods to check your progress during your studies and then to make sure that you meet the required standards to register for practice as a Physician Associate.
Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving and skills for clinical practice. The assessments will let you synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge in order to evidence the development of your professional practice.
Your progress and achievements will be assessed through theoretical essays, simulated clinically orientated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), multiple-choice exams, clinical practice-based observations and an exam set by the professional UK & Ireland Universities Board for Physician Associate Education.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:
Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.
We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.
Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.
We are Health Education England’s (HEE)‘Preferred Provider’ for Essex, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. HEE have indicated that they may be subsiding the tuition fee for Home/EU students, this fee subsidy does not require an application. More information on annual fees will be available at interview.
Associated travel costs
Up to £500 depending on equipment required
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Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as the availability of work placements in the UK health service is limited.
Full-time, distance learning, part-time postgraduate ()
January 2019, September 2018
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