University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Physician Associate Studies

The course leaders regard integration of theory and practice as fundamental to clinical learning. Theory is learned mostly through problem-based learning and you will experience medicine in both hospital and community attachments. The rich ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the 5.5 million strong West Midlands population offers unrivalled opportunities for clinical learning, and placements seek to optimise this.

Entry requirements

A PGDip in physician assistant/associate studies.

Course modules

From the first semester, students have contact with patients as they are attached for 5 days of clinical experience to a General Practice in the West Midlands. The second year continues the problem-based learning approach and integrates mental health in community medicine, Reproductive and Child Health, Surgery, GP, Emergency Medicine A&E and Acute Admissions. Throughout the course, students receive teaching in a variety of forms; lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and bedside demonstrations. Simulation is fundamental to this course, using simulated patients (who will teach students communication and examination skills, including gynaecological and urological examination) and, when appropriate, high tech simulation methodologies such as Harvey and SimMan. Simulation aims both to prepare students for the clinical world and to train you in a safe, non-threatening environment.

Assessment methods

Students complete a research methods module (unless they have relevant previous research experience, in which they may be exempted) and then identify a research project in liaison with a Birmingham academic, probably from the core Physician Associate faculty. Students then be supervised through gathering data, analysis and write-up of a 10,000 word dissertation and hopefully its publication.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Variable September 2016 GBP 1,980 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 4 months
MSc Variable September 2016 GBP 1,980 per Whole course (Scotland) 4 months
MSc Variable September 2016 GBP 1,980 per Whole course (Wales) 4 months
MSc Variable September 2016 GBP 1,980 per Whole course (EU) 4 months
MSc Variable September 2016 GBP 1,980 per Whole course (England) 4 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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