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MSc Physician Associate Studies

MSc Physician Associate Studies

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • QS World University Rankings
    27
  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Subject Medicine
  • Duration 24 months
  • Scholarships No
  • Start date Jan-2000
Physician associates are permanent members of the medical team, responsible for performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and recommending therapy. The role of physician associates is increasingly important within the healthcare workforce and individuals with this qualification are in demand. The PGDip/MSc in Physician Associate Studies aims to develop the skills required to become an effective practitioner through a combination of teaching and practical placements. Students will be trained according to the medical model and will work in collaboration with doctors and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage a wide range of common and complex diseases. Students registered for the Masters programme will also undertake a clinically relevant research project in their second year of study. Each student will receive over 1,600 hours of clinical training, including placements across the full range of medical specialities at teaching hospitals and in community settings. Placement time is split between the first and second years of the programme and students will spend 24 weeks on placement during year one rather than having to wait until the second year to get hands-on clinical experience. This course has a structured programme of formative and summative assessments to examine the knowledge and skills that students must develop. Students will undertake written and OSCE examinations at the end of each year and will maintain a portfolio for personal and professional development (PPD). Taught content is delivered in blocks of study of increasing complexity alongside the two longitudinal themes of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) and Consultation Skills (CS), with assessment periods at the end of each year. Each taught block feeds seamlessly into the next and all components of the programme are compulsory.

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