PGDip - Physician Associate Studies

University of Surrey    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Full time September PGDip Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum, where you’ll learn to support doctors (based in GP surgeries and hospitals) with taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans
  • Access our Clinical Simulation Centre, including our wards and Immersive Learning Environment, to practise real scenarios on lifelike manikins and actors
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in primary and secondary care settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners
  • Learn from lecturers with international recognition for their expertise in medicine, who are all healthcare professionals currently working in the NHS, including registered physician associates
  • Get the academic requirements needed to complete the National Examination for Physician Associates and register with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise clinically once you’ve graduated.

What you will study

We’ll give you the skills you need to assess, diagnose and manage various medical problems as a self-assured, confident healthcare professional. Spending time with an experienced senior doctor, whether working under supervision or alongside your mentor, you'll assist patients who present with numerous different conditions.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in anatomical sciences, biochemistry, biomedical science, biomedicine, human biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, neuroscience, nursing (adult, child, mental health), operating department practice, optometry, paramedic science, pharmaceutical science, or physiology, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

We will consider the following degrees: Audiology, biological sciences, biology, health psychology, pharmacy, psychology or sport and exercise science. We'll also consider relevant work experience.

GCSE English and Maths C (or equivalent) are also required.

Applicants who have started or completed medicine degrees are not accepted (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS).

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Surrey

Student Profile

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”

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