MSc Physician Associate

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Introduction

Train to become a physician associate and gain the clinical skills vital to the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in primary and secondary care.

Meet our Physician Associate students

Studying MSc Physician Associate at ARU

Find out more about how our course is structured, and where you'll study.

Physician associates are part of a rapidly growing medical profession in the UK. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, our MSc Physician Associate will equip you to fill an important clinical role.

We’ll train you to diagnose illnesses, develop treatment and management plans, perform procedures and deliver patient education, counselling and health promotion. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and procedures and request and interpret diagnostic test results.

This is an intensive and challenging two-year postgraduate course offering significant rewards.

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Hands-on learning

As a Physician Associate student at ARU you will:

  • spend 50% of your study time out on placement
  • complete clinical placements in hospital wards, outpatient settings and general practice
  • develop a range of important clinical skills, alongside high-level communication skills
  • study in our state-of-the-art School of Medicine in Chelmsford.

You’ll spend the majority of your second year in rotational hospital placements, and you can choose to be placed in Essex, or Peterborough with Northwest Anglia Foundation Trust (NWAFT) which includes Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City hospitals. In your personal statement please let us know your preference for Year 2 placements.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • receive full support from our Employability Service, while you're studying with us and after you graduate
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more.

Careers

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for nomination to the Physician Associate national certification exam. This is a professional entry exam and is external to ARU. Only students who graduate from recognised UK courses are eligible for nomination. ARU is a recognised provider and by graduating from our course, you’ll be eligible for nomination.

Once you have passed the professional entry exam (national exam at the Faculty of Physician Associates – Royal College of Physicians), you’ll be able to register as a physician associate and practice in the UK.

Physician associates fill an emerging and increasingly important role in the UK. They provide continuity of care in medical specialities and general practice and are a stable member of the team who does not rotate.

There are increasing opportunities for physician associates to work in the NHS primary and acute healthcare service sector across the East of England. Graduate physician associates are frequently appointed to roles in general practice, emergency medicine, cardiology, surgery and other specialties.

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