University of Chester - Physician Associate Studies MSc

University of Chester

Physician Associate Studies MSc

The physician associate is a type of health professional whose development has been led by the Department of Health and has involved the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), as well as the profession itself through the faculty of physician associates (FPA). This course aims to holistically develop you as a clinician, leader, and pioneer of the profession.

Why study this course with us?

This course is delivered by Physician Associates and other healthcare professionals, supplemented by a variety of Clinicians and Biomedical Scientists from local Hospital Departments and general practices.

You will be trained using an integrated model of theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to hone your clinical skills and knowledge in simulation. You will have contact with our simulated patients from the first week of the course. We have an up-to-date simulation suite that allows you to learn and develop in a safe environment before conducting clinical placements.

Entry Requirements

  • a 2:1 honours degree or above (or accepted equivalent) in life/health sciences
  • A lower second class (2:2) (or accepted equivalent) life/health sciences Honours degree may be considered with appropriate experience
  • IELTS 7.0 overall, and no less than 6.0 in any band; or TOEFL 88.

Career Prospects

The University of Chester offers an award-winning Careers and Employability service that provides various employability-enhancing experiences through the curriculum, employer contact, tailored group sessions, individual information, advice, and guidance. The service is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed, and tailored to personal goals and aspirations. It aims to help students plan their future, make the most of their time at the University, and enhance their employability. Services include part-time jobs, extra-curricular workshops, and practical one-to-one help with career planning, CVs, applications, and mock interviews. Group sessions on career planning are also provided within each course. Students and graduates can use these services free of charge for up to two years after graduation.

Course Details

The curriculum for this course includes modules and individual modules, which are subject to change due to curriculum enhancements, staff changes, student numbers, technology improvements, placement changes, and regulatory requirements. Physician associates are healthcare professionals who support doctors in patient diagnosis and management. The course, developed in collaboration with regional healthcare partners, is an intensive program that runs parallel to theory, clinical skills, and patient contact.


Advancing Assessment and Consultation in Clinical Settings (Compulsory)
Advancing Clinical Medical Science (Compulsory)
Advancing Professional Development (Compulsory)
Community Medicine Placement (Compulsory)
Emergency Department Placement (Compulsory)
Foundations of Clinical Medical Sciences (Compulsory)
General Hospital Medicine Placement (Compulsory)
General Surgical Placement (Compulsory)
Mental Health Placement (Compulsory)
Obstetrics and Gynaecology Placement (Compulsory)
Paediatrics Placement (Compulsory)
Personal Identity and Professional Development (Compulsory)
Physician Associate Research Project (Compulsory)
The Practice of Medicine (Compulsory)

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