About

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.

What you'll experience

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

Please contact the University of Portsmouth for further information.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

General Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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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