The first year of the MSc is mainly based on campus where anatomy, physiology, pathology and therapeutics are delivered in an integrated way. You will spend 1 day a week in Primary care placement during your first year of study.
You will complete 2 modules:Classroom to Clinic 1
This module will introduce students to the attitudes, skills and knowledge required of a Physician Associate to enable students to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team under defined levels of clinical supervision.
Spiralled learning, with a focus on increasing integration at a patient level and as a team member in the wider healthcare workforce provides the framework for professional behaviour underpinned by clinical knowledge. A clinical skills e-portfolio will be maintained as evidence of attainment.
The learning outcomes will be met through both taught sessions and compulsory placements.Foundations of Clinical Practice 1
This module enables you to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team under defined levels of clinical supervision.
This module provides the underpinning scientific and evidence base for practice.YEAR 2
The second year builds on the first year and the there is a bigger focus on placement experience, where you undertake block rotational placements primarily in secondary care. The beginning of the second year is spent at the School of Medicine and will include a service improvement project; following this you will be on placement. The placements include: Acute medicine, general medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, long-term conditions, cancer and palliative care, care of the elderly, mental health, musculoskeletal and primary care.
You will complete 2 modules:Classroom to Clinic 2
This module builds on Classroom to Clinic 1 to enable students to develop competence, skills, knowledge and attitudes required of a Physician Associate to enable them to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or the general practice team under defined levels of clinical supervision.
Spiralled learning, with a focus on increasing integration at a patient level and as a team member in the wider healthcare workforce provides the framework for professional behaviour underpinned by clinical knowledge.
A clinical skills e-portfolio will be maintained as evidence of attainment.
The learning outcomes will be met through both taught sessions and compulsory placements.Foundations of Clinical Practice 2
This module enables you to consolidate and further develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to deliver holistic care and treatment within primary and secondary practice under defined levels of clinical supervision.
This module continues the spiralled learning from the first year of study, and as required to support the clinical placements described in the Competency and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates
Second year students will be expected to build upon knowledge from Year 1 that is of relevance to a Physician Associate and which underpins the scientific and evidence base for clinical practice.
Patient safety is paramount and this strand of the programme is delivered over both years.Research in Clinical Practice
This new 60-credit masters module allows Physician Associate students to experience an element of research in the workplace, this could be in the form of a service improvement project or original research. The module comprises individual supervision as well as taught sessions.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Physician Associate Studies MSc in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
This course will be delivered using a blended learning approach, combining lectures, tutorials, Self-Directed Learning (SDL), use of online materials, case based discussions, skills sessions, and seminars to facilitate deeper learning and allow for a range of student learning preferences.
You’ll have access to a comprehensive range of e-learning resources. Self-assessment (under supervision) and continual assessment are also key elements of the programme.
Core Clinical Skills are taught by the Clinical Skills Education Team at the Clinical Practice Centre based at St James's Hospital. The aim of these sessions is to ensure that all students can perform clinical skills in the clinical environment in a safe, competent and confident manner.
Our teaching is based on the NHS values. Our approach to teaching and learning is founded on best educational practice and innovative delivery.
Outstanding learning resources in our Health Sciences Library and Clinical Practice Centre support your learning. Early exposure to clinical settings allows you to start developing your consultation and practical skills, and your own style as a Physician Associate.
You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research. We’ll encourage you to develop independent learning and research skills in year 2.
You’ll experience self-directed and group learning through the development of your e-portfolio and technology such as apps and online resources.
Case-based learning supports you in integrating your growing knowledge with the real patients you meet.
Inter-professional learning ensures you develop good leadership and team-working skills with other professional groups.
We take support of our students seriously. Regular contact with your personal tutor guides your academic progress and personal development, to enable you to achieve your full potential. Course tutors and support staff are all on hand to help. You’re supported by your fellow students through a peer mentoring scheme.
A range of assessments are used to test your knowledge, understanding and clinical competence, these include: project presentations, group work, written assignments, and topic area passports or portfolios that describe placement performance, attendance and professionalism. Reflective accounts of early placement experiences and discussions on topics such as ethics and patient safety issues are entered online to a personal Progress File. This accumulates over your years of study both in the accounts of your work and experiences and in the feedback from tutors. Anatomy is assessed by regular MCQs (multiple choice questions)
End of year exams include written exams and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). The written exams assess core knowledge and understanding of the material taught in that year (and previously) and include multiple choice questions (MCQs), extended matching questions (EMQs). These methods of assessment are used throughout the UK in undergraduate and post-graduate medicine. They follow a single best answer (SBA) rather than true-false approach, recognising this better reflects real-life medical decisions.
OSCEs assess core clinical skills and their application in the clinical specialties relevant to that examination and are held both years of study. They typically involve 16 or more clinical stations that require you to demonstrate a specific skill or consult with a patient. These patients are trained actors and their views on your behaviour also feed into the assessment. To pass, candidates are required to achieve the overall pass mark, pass a minimum number of stations. Both the OSCE and written exams have criterion-based pass marks, set by examiners.