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Physician Associate Studies

Develop expert medical knowledge and skills in taking medical histories, examining patients, providing a diagnosis, analysing results and developing management plans and pathways.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year †
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? January

Course summary

  • Take an intense and challenging problem based learning approach that aims to provide suitably qualified graduates with the competencies and capabilities required of a Physician Associate
  • Develop the intellectual attributes necessary for lifelong learning.

This course is suitable for graduates with a life science degree or similar qualification. It enables you to build on your previous studies and gain a healthcare professional qualification.

How you learn

The academic team who deliver the course come from a range of clinical backgrounds and include Physician Associates, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals.

You learn through

  • the classroom, in simulated clinical learning suites
  • clinical placements

Course leaders and tutors

Lopa Husain
Lopa Husain

Lopa Husain is a Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Applied learning

Work placements

You complete 1,600 hours of clinical placements during the two year course. You learn in general hospital settings in medicine and surgery, as well as specialised areas such as paediatrics and mental health, and in primary care in GP practices.

As placements take place throughout the two years of the course, you are best placed to decide on your areas of interest and to establish relationships with local consultants and GPs.

Placements normally occur within the South Yorkshire region and include general practice/primary care, large acute teaching hospitals, mental health trusts and district generals.

Students go to the first placement after about a month in the university, this will be in general practice.

Students return to this general practice for the final 12 weeks of the course prior to sitting the national exam which must be passed in order to graduate as a qualified Physician Associate.

Further clinical placements occur in blocks of between 3 and 6 weeks and these occur throughout the 2 year course interspersed with time in the university.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • physician associate roles in both primary and secondary care

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Entry requirements

UK students

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature and a science subject or equivalent*, plus

• an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.1 or above in a science related subject including biology, biochemistry, biomedical science, chemistry, medical science and sport science

Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis.


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. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

This course is only open to home or EU students. We are currently not accepting applications from international students.

We are open for applications for January 2018 entry. Successful candidates are required to attend a compulsory study day in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).

*GCSE Equivalents for maths and English

equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

*GCSE science equivalents
• OCR science level 2
• science units gained on a level 3 BTEC or OCR National Diploma or Extended Diploma Qualification
• science credits gained on Access to Higher Education Diplomas (at least 12 credits gained at level 2 or 6 credits gained at level 3)
• science equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

Selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present further official identification before enrolling.

The interviews are scheduled to take place on 6 June 2017, 13 June 2017, 20 June 2017, 19 July 2017 and 2 August 2017 and you will normally be notified within 6 weeks if you have been offered an interview.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare during the admissions process any

• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

In addition

• you must attend a compulsory study day to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is due to take place in November 2017 (date to be confirmed).
• you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.
• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.
• you must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements - from when you apply to the end of your course - you must tell the professional issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements in University and on placement and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage.

Open day

As this profession can involve strenuous physical, psychological and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.

EU and 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.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Cardiovascular And Respiratory Medicine Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Consultation Skills And Assessment Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Gastroenterology, Endocrinology And Renal Medicine Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Musculoskeletal Management Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ent, Eyes And Dermatology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Genitourinary, Sexual And Reproductive Health Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 60%
Module: Managing Medical Care Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Mental Health And Neurology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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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)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for January 2019

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

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