Physician Associate Studies
The integrated Master’s in Physician Associate Studies provides an exciting opportunity for you to become a Physician Associate, a medical associate profession, combining university study with practical work-based placements.
This four-year degree takes you through a rigorous training programme to exit with a professional qualification and a master’s degree. The role of a Physician Associate includes interviewing and examining patients, ordering tests and making decisions about patient management.
PAs are trained to be generalist medical practitioners with opportunities to work in numerous specialties. Our programme teaches the fundamentals of medical sciences in interactive groups, practical sessions and lectures. These are supported by case-based learning and clinical placements, enabling you to consolidate and contextualise your knowledge. In Phase I (Years 1 and 2) you study alongside MBBS students, with slight variation in second year, whilst in Phase II (Years 3 and 4) you study alongside our postgraduate entry MSc Physician Associate Practice students.
From the start of the course clinical and communication skills are taught using our state-of-the-art facilities, volunteer patients and simulated role players. Utilising a spiral curriculum, knowledge will be revisited and clinically applied to direct patient care, preparing you for clinical practice.
Please note, with the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ongoing regulatory developments, we can confirm this programme (modules and content) will be aligned to the new curriculum for September 2023.
Why study with us
- A unique programme, the first of its kind in the UK that leads to an integrated undergraduate master’s degree and ability to practice as a Physician Associate.
- Our School of Medicine is ranked as the Top Medical School in North West England (The Guardian University Guide 2021)
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What you’ll do
- Employability in the NHS for qualified PAs, once you have passed the National Exam as well as the programme at university, is currently 100% as demand is far in excess of supply.
- 50% of the final two years of the programme is spent in clinical environments. These clinically based placements will help to illustrate how teams work within the NHS.
- Develop a career in the medical team, providing direct medical patient care.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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Employability in the NHS for qualified Physician Associates is very strong, and demand has historically exceeded supply.
As a PA you will have the opportunity to work in a number of medical specialties, and also have opportunities in research and academia.
As a generalist practitioner, jobs are typically based in acute medicine, surgery and GP practices along with some more specialised areas such as paediatrics and elderly health.
Many qualified PAs undertake further studies such as a DProf (professional doctorate) or proceed to teach in universities and conduct research.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
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