Postgraduate (27 months full-time)

Physician Associate MSc

Anglia Ruskin University
In Chelmsford (England)

£ 9,200 - (Rs 7,55,211)

Important information

  • Master
  • Chelmsford (England)
  • Duration:
    27 Months
  • When:
    September 2017

Physicians’ Associates are in demand because of a shortfall in the number of doctors. Physician Associates learn vital skills to diagnose, treat and care for patients in a variety of specialist settings. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, our MSc as a Physicians' Associate will train you in a wide range of clinical skills.

Full description
As a physician associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; prescribe medication (subject to legislation); and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion.

Our Masters degree will help you develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware physician’s associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

The UK physician’s associate scheme builds on 40 years’ proven success of a similar system in the USA. Physician associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK, not least because they help to mitigate the UK shortfall in medics as well as contributing to the general efficiency of improving health are delivery for all NHS patients.

There are increasing opportunities for employment in the NHS acute and primary healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate physician associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialties.

Requirements: A first degree in life sciences (such as human biology, biochemistry, medical science, nursing or physiotherapy) with at least a 2:1 classification or an equivalent qualification. Health experience in a clinical setting is preferred. We will consider applicants who possess a relevant Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent if this is accompanied with significant health experience, for example as a nurse or operating department practitioner. An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required. A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required


Where and when

Starts Location
Bishop Hall Lane, CM 1sS, Essex, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Applied Physics
Advanced Physics
Mathematical Physics
Radiation Physics
Skills and Training
Clinical Medicine
Child Healthcare
Family Welfare
Clinical Pharmacology

Course programme

Modules & assessmentYear 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

We use a range of assessment methods to check your progress during your studies and then to make sure that you meet the required standards to register for practice as a Physician Associate.

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving and skills for clinical practice. The assessments will let you synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge in order to evidence the development of your professional practice.

Your progress and achievements will be assessed through theoretical essays, simulated clinically orientated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), multiple-choice exams, clinical practice-based observations and an exam set by the professional UK & Ireland Universities Board for Physician Associate Education.

This is a two year programme

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.

Additional information

Course feesUK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £9,200

International students, 2016-17 (per year) £12,900