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Taught in a thriving medical school, our MSc in Physician Associate Studies delivers a modern and dynamic curriculum which ensures that you are equipped with the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to become a valued and key member of the clinical team.
This programme is studied on campus.
This highly regarded Physician Associate programme has been designed to train a new generation of healthcare professionals to support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. Physician Associates (PA) are trained to perform a number of roles including taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans.
This is a two-year full time programme requiring ninety weeks of study and combines the theoretical and scientific basis of medicine with clinical experience. The programme leads to the award of MSc in Physician Associate Studies. Upon successful completition of the course, graduates are eligible to sit the national examination which entitles entry onto the national register and practise as a PA in the UK.
Year 1 of the course is focused on establishing the foundations of anatomy, medical sciences, clinical medicine, clinical diagnostic and communication skills. As the course progresses towards the end of the first year students will complete the first three of eleven clinical rotations before progressing to Year 2 where they will complete the remaining eight clinical rotations.
Through the second year there are a series of clinical rotations through specialities such as general surgery, emergency medicine, reproductive health and paediatrics where students learn about common disease presentation whilst dealing with real patients. During these rotations, students will benefit bedside teaching, seminars and tutorials whilst working alongside a variety of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
In 2006 the Department of Health released the Competence and Curriculum Framework (CCF) for the Physician Associate, developed in partnership with The Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The CCF defines the role and scope of practice standards for education and assessment of Physician Associates. This document has recently been reviewed in order to update it in light of the changing role of the Physician Associate.
During year 1 there is an emphasis on communication and clinical skills whilst learning about the scientific basis of medicine. As the course progresses towards the end of the first year and through the second year there are a series of clinical rotations through specialities such as general surgery, emergency medicine, reproductive health and paediatrics, where students learn about common disease presentation whilst dealing with real patients.
During these rotations, students will benefit from bedside teaching, seminars and tutorials whilst working alongside a variety of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals consolidating knowledge and developing their skills.
Assessment is continuous ensuring that basic skills are mastered before moving on to more advanced topics.
Summative written and clinical assessments are usually at the end of a year.
A personal statement and two references must be submitted with each application.
One of these should provide an academic reference and the other should be able to comment on your suitability to enter the healthcare profession.
Applicants from the USA should be aware that the UK PA qualification is not verified or recognised in the USA.
Applications for September 2018 entry must be submitted by midnight, Friday 29th June.
Face to face interviews are a compulsory part of the application process. Successful applicants will be emailed and invited to interview. Currently, these are scheduled to take place July 2018.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
2:1 or 1st class honours degree in a medical or health related science.
For full information, please visit the School website
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To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 7.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 7.0; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 100 with: Listening - 21; Reading - 22; Speaking - 28; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 70 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 70; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 185 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 185; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
Please note that the National Exam is not include as part of the MSc Physican Associate Studies course fee.
This means that upon successful completion of the course, graduates are liable for fees and associated costs of sitting the exam. Further information can be found on the Faculty of Physican Associates website.
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|Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Please note that this is programme spans 2 academic years of full time study. Students will be charged a fee for each academic year.|
|Tuition Fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Please note that this is programme spans 2 academic years of full time study. Students will be charged a fee for each academic year|
University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme
The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More information can be found on the Finance and Funding page.
(Please note this cannot be claimed in conjunction with any other scholarship award.)
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
Physician Associates are a new and rapidly growing group of graduate professionals in the UK. Whilst not doctors, they work to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision. With ever increasing demands on our National Health Service, the role of the PA is designed to supplement the medical workforce, ultimately improving patient access.
Upon successful completion of the University of Aberdeen assessments, students are eligible to present for the national exam graduates. Upon passing the National Exam, candidates are eligible to be entered on the voluntary national register (PA MVR) and to practice as a PA in the UK. Following the two year course and after qualification, PAs can expect starting salaries of Agenda for Change Band 6. Thereafter career progression will be dependent upon competency, attributes and opportunities to progress to higher pay scales.
The Physician Associate role has been identified as a key profession in NHS service within the UK. It is envisaged that a large number of job vacancies will become available in forthcoming years.
Managed Voluntary Register
A Managed Voluntary Register is the official register for UK based PAs to join to achieve statutory regulation
The University of Aberdeen has close links with the NHS in Grampian, Highland, Lanarkshire and Tayside, where students can undertake clinical attachments.
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
The Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare is a purpose-built facility providing excellent teaching and training facilities. Each floor is dedicated to topics such as Anatomy, MBChB, NHS Grampian training and Clinical Skills.Find out more
The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.
A dedicated Medical Library on the Foresterhill Health Campus and the fantastic facilities in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at King’s College, are complemented by online access to the key medical and health sciences journals and textbooks.