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M.Sc. On Campus

Physician Associate Studies

University of Portsmouth

24 months
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About

Physician associates are a new type of healthcare professional, who – while not doctors – work to the medical model. As a physician associate, you'll have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and general practice team, under supervision.

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Overview

This MSc Physician Associate Studies degree course is the perfect next step to take a relevant undergraduate degree further, and work towards becoming a physician associate. You'll get the skills and knowledge to become a confident medical professional, working and learning under the guidance of experienced staff and assisting patients in real healthcare settings.

While fairly new in the UK, the number of physician associates is increasing and the Government wants to have 1,000 physician associates working in general practice by 2020. When you finish the course, you'll be in a strong position to work in this important role.

On this course, you'll:

  • Access facilities that include the latest simulation training equipment, representative of the healthcare environment you'll experience in your career
  • Experience practice-based learning opportunities
  • Observe, examine, assess and engage with patients
  • Be trained to take medical histories, perform exams, diagnose illnesses and analyse results

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll get experience of working in real and simulated health settings. Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience that complements your studies.

Careers and opportunities

This programme will prepare you to complete the Physician Associate National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and take on the role of a physician associate in the healthcare environment.

As a physician associate, you can look forward to a career supporting doctors with diagnosing and managing patients, whether in a hospital setting or GP surgery.

In the future, other areas you could work in include leadership, service development, research, mentorship and practice education.

You'll be able to get advice and support from our Career and Employability Service for 5 years after you leave the University.

Programme Structure

Core modules include: 

  • Consultation Skills
  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Introduction to Primary Care

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, and demonstration of the ability to study at postgraduate level (typically applicants who have graduated within the last 3 years) or equivalent professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good level of Biomedical Science knowledge, and applicants with Arts and Humanities will need to undertake Biomedical Studies in order to apply. Applicants who have started or completed degrees in Medicine are not accepted.
  • Applicants are subject to a selection process which will include individual interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Tuition Fee

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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