Physician Associate Studies (Postgraduate) at University of Birmingham - UCAS

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What is a Physician Associate? Physician Associate is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor. The development of the profession has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of General Practitioners as well as the profession itself through the former UK Association of Physician Associates (UKAPA) which is now the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. Successful completion of the programme will qualify you to practise as a Physician Associate in the UK. We also run a flexible MSc Physician Associate programme for those who already have their Postgraduate Diploma from a UK or Irish institution. The course The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning. •This course is two, full time, calendar years in duration, each lasting approximately 48 weeks, plus an additional month. You can expect to be studying 50+ hours per week. •Theory is learned mostly through case/problem based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments. •The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, with placements seeking to optimise this. •Right from the beginning, you will have contact with patients, as during the first term, students are placed for up to five days of clinical experience within a General Practice in either the West Midlands or beyond. •This is followed by a fourteen-week hospital attachment in the second term, and a further few days of General Practice in the third term Students will use the cases collected during the second term as the basis of their learning within the third term. •The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates further learning and placements in Acute and Emergency Medicine, Child Health General Practice, Mental Health, Reproductive Health and Surgery. •Throughout the course, you will receive teaching in a variety of forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, and bedside demonstrations. •Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach you communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination). Simulation aims both to prepare you for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment. •Progression exams are undertaken at the nine months mark, and again at twenty-three months into the course. Students are required to pass both sets of examinations prior to entry into the National Assessment. •Assessment types will include Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) paper(s), Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), Case Write-Ups, Presentations and Professional Behaviour sign-offs. Regulation All students will be registered with the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. Graduates currently join a Managed Voluntary Register. Applications All applications for the postgraduate diploma programme must be made through UCAS before the deadline stated below.


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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency, such as IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any band. Please note that the British Physician Associate programme does not qualify you to work in the USA.

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Qualification requirements

You will need to have a 2:1 in a life sciences degree (or equivalent international qualification). For full details of acceptable degree subjects and international requirements, please see

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Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Physician Associate Studies (Postgraduate) at University of Birmingham - UCAS