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MSc

Physician Associate Studies

Prepare for National Physician Associate examinations on an industry-focused course that blends theory with practice.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? January 2020

Course summary

  • Evaluate different concepts and evidence for the diagnosis and care of patients.
  • Understand ethical and professional frameworks — ensuring safe, competent practice.
  • Learn by doing on clinical placements.
  • Perform real clinical procedures, using specialist knowledge and techniques.

Physician associates provide vital support to doctors — diagnosing and managing patients, and improving care access. On this course, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need for the role, as set out by the Faculty of Physician Associates. When you graduate, you’ll have industry experience and life-long academic skills for this rewarding career — and be ready to take the National exam.

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The MSc Physician Associate Studies is the same as the PgDip version, but with an extra dissertation and research module. Find out more about this rewarding course.

How you learn

This course blends theory and practice — preparing you for industry.

You’ll take six taught modules based around the medical knowledge and skills you need to pass the National Physician Associate examinations. These examinations are compulsory for qualification as a physician associate.

Your studies will then be applied to the real world of medicine, where you’ll do everything from history taking and patient examination to management planning. You’ll work in real primary and secondary care settings, over the course of 1600 hours.

You learn through

  • case-based discussion
  • problem-based learning
  • peer-directed learning
  • clinical placement

Course leaders and tutors

Lopa Husain
Lopa Husain
Senior lecturer

Lopa Husain is a Senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Applied learning

Work placements

The course consists of 1600 hours of clinical placement within both primary care and secondary care. Secondary care placements cover general medicine, general surgery, front door medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, mental health and paediatrics. Each placement follows from related taught content, so that you are able to put theory into practice.

Networking opportunities

Regional careers fairs are organised each year. At these fairs you are able to meet with representatives from a number of CCGs and hospital Trusts. You are able to meet potential employers and also get a sense of what each job has to offer.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • qualified physician associate. You will be required to successfully complete the National exams after successful completion of the course.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • a number of primary Trusts within Sheffield and the local surrounding areas
  • secondary Trusts within South Yorkshire and nationally

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

An honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a science related subject

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings which demonstrates caring and empathy is essential

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: General Medicine Credits: 30
Module: General Surgery And Orthopaedics Credits: 30
Module: Researching For Practice (Distance Learning) Credits: 15

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Dissertation Credits: 45
Module: Genitourinary, Reproductive And Sexual Health Credits: 30
Module: Specialities Medicine Credits: 30

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year, £18,500 for the course. Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

The course is supported by a student bursary from Health Education England (HEE) of £2500 per year for each year of the course. HEE also currently provides a hardship fund which PA students can apply to if they are facing inadvertent financial hardship whilst on the course. There are certain criteria for this fund and the total amount is subject to the nature of the claim.

Students studying a Masters are eligible for a post graduate student loan.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Physician Associate courses (PDF)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2020

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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