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MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies

MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies

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Study mode

Part time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Assistant Skills (Hospital)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This intensive two-year clinical course prepares you to work as a Physician Associate (PA) in the NHS and is open to applicants with a first-degree in a health or science-related subject.

Why study MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies at BU?

  • PAs are healthcare professionals who work to a medical model alongside doctors in hospitals or GP surgeries
  • This course will prepare you to take a medical history, examine patients, diagnose common problems, perform procedures, and recommend treatment
  • The Department of Health is committed to increasing the number of PAs in the NHS, particularly in general practice, so employment is highly likely after graduating
  • Newly built skills facilities include simulated hospital wards and community home settings, allowing you to learn and practise various procedures safely
  • With a blend of theory and practice, you’ll spend a minimum of 1,400 hours in a range of clinical placements such as hospitals, general practice and other community services
  • Assessments will be used to consolidate learning throughout the course and in preparation for the National Examinations for Physician Associates.

The course follows the National Physician Associate Curriculum. It is represented on the National Physician Associate Schools Council and is currently undergoing General Medical Council validation.

Careers

PAs are healthcare professionals who work to a medical model alongside doctors in hospitals or GP surgeries. Their role includes examining patients, diagnosing common problems, performing procedures, and recommending treatment.

The Department of Health is committed to increasing the number of PAs in the NHS, particularly in general practice. In Dorset, there is a need for additional healthcare staff in acute hospitals and GP surgeries and it is expected that PAs will be part of the solution to this workforce shortage, so employment is highly likely after graduating. A typical starting salary for PAs is over £30,000.

Modules

This unit will promote scholarship in continuing professional development which incorporates education, research, and professional practice. You will be supported to reflect upon the context in which you work, both disciplinary, organisational and the wider higher education environment. The management of change and the enhancement of their professional capabilities will be developed to ensure that you are prepared to work in complex settings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

15,500

Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor’s honours degree with 2:1, or equivalent, in a required subject. Required subjects: Health or Science related subject, e.g.: Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biological Science, Microbiology, Anatomical Science, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Audiology, Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Optometry, Biomedicine, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Science, Clinical Psychology, Pharmacy, Sports Science. Excluded subjects: Health & Social Care, Health Sciences.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgraduate community. The university has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual subject areas: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Medical Science & Public...more