Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Physician Associate

Our Master's degree helps students to develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. Students learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware physician's associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills. Study is divided equally between theory and practice. Besides lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, role play and simulated skills work on campus, students complete a programme of clinical placement rotations in hospital wards, outpatient settings and general practice across the East of England in the following clinical specialties (minimum hours in brackets): obstetrics and gynaecology (90 hours); paediatrics in an acute setting (90 hours); community-based medicine (180 hours); general surgery (90 hours); general hospital medicine (350 hours); mental health (90 hours).

Entry requirements

A 1st degree in life sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, medical science, nursing or physiotherapy) with at least a 2.1 classification or an equivalent qualification. We consider applicants who possess a diploma in higher education or equivalent if this is accompanied with significant health care experience. Applicants also need to attend an interview.

Course modules

Year 1: Principles of basic and clinical medicine; family welfare and child healthcare; clincial pharmacology for practice; research studies. Year 2: Applied practice and professional development for the physician associate; major project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through theoretical essays, simulated clinically orientated objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), multiple-choice exams, clinical practice-based observations and an exam set by the professional UK and Ireland Universities Board for Physician Associate Education.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 27 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 27 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 27 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 27 months
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (England) 27 months
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 6 months
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Chelmsford Campus Chelmsford CM1 1SQ South East

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Anglia Ruskin University
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01245 686868