Physician Associate

If your application to study MSc Physician Associate at ARU is successful, we'll invite you to an interview day at our Chelmsford campus.

Format of the day

Temporary online interviews using Microsoft Teams

Due to Government advice, we are practising social distancing and reducing the need for social interaction. We’ll be conducting our interviews for MSc Physician Associate via Microsoft Teams.

We’ll invite you to attend an interview and give you a time slot, you’ll be given a link to join a Microsoft Teams meeting. 

Please download the Microsoft teams app on to your device (smartphone, laptop or computer) or if you are using Chrome you can access via the web browser. To use Teams, your device needs to have a camera and a microphone.

We’ll endeavour to have much parity as possible between the online interview and a campus interview, but of course we can’t truly replicate the experience.
At the beginning of your interview we’ll ask you to show ID to verify who you are. We won’t ask to see qualifications at this stage. Please note your interview may be recorded.

Your interview will consist of questions and scenarios. We’ll be interested in your knowledge and understanding of the role of a Physician Associate and your values. We’ll ask you if you would like to be considered for placement in either Essex or Peterborough for your 2nd year. At the end of the interview we will ask if you have any questions for us, we invite you to use this opportunity to find out if we are right place for you to study Physician Associate.




Presentation on Physician Associate

You’ll be given a short presentation on studying Physician Associate, along with the format and expectations of the day. There will also be the opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have with our academics and students.

We will be looking for you to embody the values of the NHS constitution, understand the role of the Physician Associate with exceptional communication, analytical and problem solving skills.

Communication skills

This will be a group activity where you’ll be assessed on your communication skills, such as active and reflective listening, your approach when engaging in a conversation/activity and by your contribution to the discussion and your confidence when working in a group.

Individual Interview

In this one to one interview we’ll be exploring your understanding of the role of the Physician Associate and your motivation to become one.

Data Analysis

This task will measure your analytical and numeracy skills by asking you to interpret data effectively and communicate the results.

Service User

You’ll be given a scenario with a service user, where we’ll be looking for your decision making skills, empathy and intrapersonal skills.

Campus tour

One of our student ambassadors will give you a tour of the School of Medicine and the Chelmsford campus.