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Physician Associate Studies MSc

Course Description

On the UK’s longest running Physician Associate course you will learn how to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, request and analyse test results, diagnose illnesses, develop treatment and management plans. It is a challenging but incredibly rewarding with the course boasting 100% pass rates and a 100% employment record upon graduation.

St George’s is the only university to share its campus with one of the largest NHS teaching hospitals, making it the ideal place to study Physician Associate Studies MSc. With unrivalled access to clinical resources and working professionals, the course will fully equip you with all the skills and knowledge required to support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.


-Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
-Clinical placements from year one.
-Graduates likely to become future leaders in profession.
-Award winning teaching team.


The first year is dedicated to ensuring all students have a good grounding in the sciences underpinning health care. You will spend three days a week on campus and one day on clinical placements, which will be organised in GP practices.

In the second year you will be on campus one day every three weeks as the emphasis shifts towards clinical work and placements with 40 weeks being spent in hospital and six weeks being spent on a GP placement.

The modules for this course are integrated; your learning throughout one module will significantly inform and influence your learning in another module. The course consists of seven modules totalling 180 credits at level seven:

Research Methods 15 credits
Foundations of Clinical Medicine 45 credits
Applied Pharmacology 15 credits
Evidence-based Practice in Health Care 15 credits
Applied Pharmacology 15 credits
Personal and Professional Development for Physician Associates 30 credits
Physician Associate Applied Clinical Knowledge and Skills 30 credits
Service Improvement Masters Project 30 credits


By the end of the course Candidates should be able to:

>safely practitice in a wide variety of clinical settings within your scope of practice and under agreed supervision
> be an expert communicator who is empathic in a manner appropriate to a healthcare profession
> critically examine health inequalities and the challenges of working in a multicultural environment
> be aware of the limits of your competence and committed to acting within these limits
> critically evaluate the context of multiprofessional working in a team environment
> be adept in the use of communication and information technology skills for healthcare
> critically appraise the evidence underpinning their practice
> be a capable and motivated lifelong learner who is continually engaged in active professional development
> understand the need to maintain and promote health, as well as to cure or palliate disease, and be aware of your obligations to the wider community, as well as to individuals
> integrate theoretical and clinical learning

Some US-qualified physician associates are already working in the UK in acute and community settings, as are graduates from UK training programmes.

We are working hard to open up job opportunities for our graduates; while doctors and the medical community continue to express a keen interest. The NHS is also supporting the courses and encouraging the creation of physician associate posts in the UK.

Visit the Physician Associate Studies MSc page on the St George’s, University of London website for more details!

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Amy Green

St George’s is incredibly forward-thinking and modern in its approach. Case Based Learning and Problem Based Learning help us develop skills we can apply in clinical placement one day a week at a local GP practice. We’re expected to deal with any patient who comes in and this constant exposure is excellent alongside our formal studies. The course is fantastic; even though it is hard work (and it is) it offers the perfect mix of science, clinical procedures and patient contact. And when I leave, I would like to help promote the PA role, as we are a long way from being commonplace in the NHS.


Entry Requirements

Entry criteria: Applicants should have a first degree in life sciences or a health-related subject with at least second class honours (2:2 honours) or overseas equivalent, achieved within the last five years. Other essential criteria: work experience, personal statement, reference, health/police screening, professional registration.For comprehensive entry criteria, including any non-academic criteria, please see our website: View Website

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