Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

PgDip Physician Associate Studies

Are you a life sciences graduate wanting the opportunity to train for a new healthcare role? As a physician associate you’ll work in the NHS under the supervision of doctors and alongside other healthcare professionals, delivering care to patients. Our programme will equip you to pursue a career in the NHS that’ll be both rewarding and challenging.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Sharpen your skills on this intensive programme which takes an inquiry-based learning approach
  • Benefit from early patient contact from the first weeks, continuing and increasing throughout the programme, ensuring that your personal, practical and professional development is patient-centred
  • Access highly-developed teaching resources 
  • Advance your understanding with fully integrated clinical skill development and clinical placements throughout the programme
  • Spend some time learning with medical students and other healthcare professions.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • The first six months will typically be spent in the University, establishing the foundations of clinical medicine and developing your clinical, diagnostic and communication skills while spending one day per week in community placements seeing patients. Following this initial phase, while continuing your placement in General Practice and the community, you’ll commence clinical placements one day per week in the hospital.

    Core modules
    • PAS714 Evidence-Based Practice and Research Methods

      This module develops students' written, research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

    • PAS711 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 1

      This module enables students to develop a systematic understanding of the basic medical and human sciences underpinning clinical practice, applying this knowledge to clinical practice and clinical reasoning.

    • PAS712 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 1

      This module deals with the acquisition of the basic core clinical competences and communication skills underpinning modern clinical practice and its application in the clinical environment. Through supervised practice students will develop and practise the clinical competences within a clinical environment necessary for their role as a PA relating this to their school-based activities.

    • PAS713 Personal and Professional Development 1

      This module deals with the personal and professional development including the Physician Associate (PA) as a: . Member of a team . Professional

  • Final year
  • In your second year, you’ll be based predominantly in the clinical setting with specialty blocks in mental health, general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine and general adult medicine (both hospital and community based).

    Core modules
    • PAS721 Foundations in Clinical Medicine 2

      This module enables students to further develop a systematic understanding of the basic medical and human sciences underpinning clinical practice, applying this knowledge to clinical practice and clinical reasoning.

    • PAS722 Clinical, Diagnostic and Communication Skills 2

      This module deals with the further acquisition and refinement of the basic core clinical competences and communication skills underpinning modern patient-centred clinical practice and its application in the clinical setting, demonstrating capability in situations of uncertainty.

    • PAS723 Personal and Professional Development 2

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

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The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A recognised first degree (2:1 or above) in a life science, biomedical science, or healthcare subject; or current healthcare professionals educated to honours degree level (2:1 or above)

Experience of working in a clinical setting for a minimum of 12 months is desirable. Alternatively experience of working in a setting with customer contact, and some clinical attachment experience in a hospital or general practice setting.

Chemistry A Level is desirable.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £18,600 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

All successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply for fee sponsorship through our NHS Trust partners. Places are limited. 

Please note this is not an NHS bursary and only tuition fees (both years) will be sponsored, not living costs. 

Details of Sponsorship opportunities will be made available to you if selected for interview.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Undergraduate open day – Saturday 29 April 2017

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Clinical placements - year one

You will explore a range of General Practice and community placements together with placements in acute hospital settings in Plymouth (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust) and the wider Plymouth commuting catchment area.

Clinical placements - year two

In year two longer acute hospital placements continue in Plymouth and extend to the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in Torbay.

The opportunity to attend clinical attachments in a wider range of acute hospitals including Truro, Taunton and Yeovil may be available to you.

Student insight - Matthew Tamblyn

I have worked within the ambulance service for the past nine years, and felt that the PgDip Physician Associate Studies course would be a positive change. It’s a two year PgDip designed for people with a clinical background or a life science degree.

Read more about Matthew's experience on the course

Physician associate training programme welcomes first students

This is a pioneer programme and one which is giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream of a career in medicine

Victoria Black, 24, from Plymouth

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Student insight - Alice Hobbs

The way that the course is delivered is designed to teach us the skills needed to find the best way to manage any clinical scenario we may come across while working, rather than didactically teaching us the information.
Learn more about Alice

Student insight - James Edgar

Plymouth's pioneering course looked fresh and their use of models and emphasis on clinical placement attracted me. The sheer amount of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings with a variety of patients is invaluable.
Read more about James