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Physician associates support doctors, based in GP surgeries and hospitals, with taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results, and developing management plans.
On our PGDip Physician Associate Studies course, we’ll teach you the skills you need to make an impact in this new, exciting position in the NHS. You’ll develop the well-rounded knowledge and skills that modern practice demands and which potential employers search for.
You’ll be taught by academics with international recognition for their expertise in medicine, who will inspire you with their wealth of knowledge and experience.
By the time you complete the course, you will be able to provide medical care to a standard as defined by the National Examination for Physician
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A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either 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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The University of Surrey is one of the UK's top professional, scientific and technological universities. Surrey has a world-class profile, a leading reputation in teaching and research, and received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)Read more
“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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