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Physician Associate (MSc)

Course Description


You’ll also complete a programme of clinical placement rotations across the East of England.


A shortfall in doctors has led to exciting opportunities in the new role of physician associate (PA). PAs work under the supervision of doctors to take a medical history, carry out a complete physical examination, diagnose and manage patients.
Following success in the USA, the introduction of a PA programme in the UK has led to growing opportunities for roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialities. By 2030, it’s estimated that the NHS need one PA for every 10 doctors, equating to around 14,000 PAs.
This intensive course is equally divided between theory and practice, supporting classroom learning, with clinical rotation placements across the East of England including paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, and community-based and general hospital medicine. Whilst on clinical rotations, you’ll be responsible to and supervised by a medical practitioner, with an emphasis on becoming proficient in a wide range of medical procedures, and supported by the extended multidisciplinary health care team. All students will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course. For more details about your placement please visit http://www.anglia.ac.uk/medical-science/placements.

Year one, core modules

Principles of Basic and Clinical Medicine
Family Welfare and Child Healthcare
Clinical Pharmacology for Practice
Research Studies

Year two, core modules

Applied Practice and Professional Development for the Physician Associate
Major Project

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Start dates

September 2017

Visit the Physician Associate (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree in life sciences (such as human biology, biochemistry, medical science, nursing, physiotherapy) with at least a 2:1 classification or an equivalent qualification. Health experience in a clinical setting is preferred.DBS disclosure and Occupational Health clearance will be required. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0.To receive an offer for this course you must be successful at interview.We welcome applications from international and EU students and accept a range of international qualifications. For more details visit the university website.

Course Fees

For more information about fees, funding and scholarships please visit the university website.

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