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Course summary

Please note that applications received for this programme will be considered for January 2025* A physician associate is a healthcare professional who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in a wide variety of healthcare environments. Our postgraduate Physician Associate Studies course has been developed in collaboration with our regional healthcare partners, and is delivered by a research-active group of academic staff, supplemented by a variety of Clinicians and Biomedical Scientists from local Hospital Departments. Our intensive course combines theory, clinical skills and patient contact from the beginning.**


The theory part of the course covers general medicine, and you will spend 1,500 hours on a clinical placement covering: community medicine; general hospital medicine; accident and emergency; mental health; obstetrics and gynaecology; and paediatrics (acute setting). You will learn through formal lectures, case-based learning, seminars, clinical simulation and the clinical placements.

Assessment method

Assessment will be through coursework, reflective logs, examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). You will sit a national exam at the end of the second year, including a Multiple Choice Question paper and an OSCE. The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two articles in the style of published scientific work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should normally have: - a 2:1 honours degree or above (or accepted equivalent) in life/health sciences, e.g. Medical Science, Biomedical Science, Nursing or one of the Allied Health Professions (Radiography, Radiotherapy, Physiotherapy, etc.). - a lower second class honours (2:2) degree will only be considered if you have patient facing experience at a professional level (minimum of 1 year). - successfully passed a minimum of 1 module in human anatomy/physiology at level 4 (1st year undergraduate) or above (a transcript may be requested). - Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any band or equivalent. - Applicants must apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health check, and register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. - Applicants will normally need to demonstrate that they have completed a minimum of 70hrs work experience in a health or social care setting. This experience can be paid employment, voluntary work or job shadowing. - Acceptance on the course is subject to an assessment interview. Details of our interview dates will be released online soon.

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Physician Associate Studies (Taught Postgraduate) at University of Chester - UCAS