St George's Physician Associate Studies (MPAS) is a postgraduate-level qualification for life science graduates who wish to become Physician Associates. Over the course of two years you will learn how to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, request and analyse investigations, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans. The course has an outstanding pass rate on the Physician Associate National Exam and excellent graduate employment. St George’s shares its campus with one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals, making it the ideal place to study. With unrivalled access to clinical resources and working professionals, the course will fully equip you with all the skills and knowledge required to support a multidisciplinary team in the diagnosis and management of patients. Course Highlights
- The programme is the longest running physician associate course in the UK.
- Dedicated primary care placement throughout Year 1. In Year 2, you will move through a wide range of specialities based in London’s top hospitals.
- Year 1 student to staff ratio is approximately 9:1.
We operate a modular system for this course which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation – a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe. The course is designed to cover all aspects of the Physician Assistant Competence and Curriculum Framework to ensure that graduates are able to succeed in the National Examination at the end of the course and work as physician associates in primary or secondary care. You can find extensive information about the modules you can expect to study on this course on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/physician-associate-studies#modules
Assessments are designed to prepare you for the PA National Examination and will be a mixture of written papers, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. A portfolio of your development of the core clinical skills and competencies is monitored throughout both years and is submitted for assessment at the end of each year. Written coursework assignments and/or presentations are set for the modules in Personal and Professional Development, and Foundations of Clinical Medicine. You can find further information about assessment methods for this course on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/physician-associate-studies#studying.
How to apply
You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/offer-holders/international-student-support. This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparing for your studies, enrolment, support during your studies, and English language requirements.
Undergraduate Degree You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1 August on the year of entry. Human Physiology is a necessity for all applicants. Please see below for a list of degree titles that are considered to contain suitable levels of Human Physiology content. If your degree does not contain Human Physiology, you will need to complete some Physiology study in order to be eligible for the course. Alternative evidence of recent Physiology academic study (NVQ Level 4 and above) will be considered. Please note that at present graduates of UK Physician Associate Studies programmes are not eligible to work as Physician Associates in other countries. International Degree We welcome applications from applicants around the world. For information on the requirements for your country, please visit our International Qualifications for Postgraduate Study page. Please note that at present graduates of UK Physician Associate Studies programmes are not eligible to work as Physician Associates in other countries. UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) Please visit our website for details.
Fees and funding
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*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
Information on our PG Scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-scholarships
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