BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Physician Associate

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. In addition, it provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now Physician Associate) defines the Physician Associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works 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.

Physician Associates (PAs) are part of a new and growing profession within the NHS. PAs work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries to provide safe and quality care to patients. PAs, under supervision of doctors, may obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, request and interpret test results, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans.

The Physician Associate MSc programme includes over 1,800 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you to practise in a wide variety of specialties and settings. Currently PAs work in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, and multiple Adult Medical and Surgical specialties.

Successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme provides eligibility to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

Programme description

This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. In addition, it provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now Physician Associate) defines the Physician Associate as:

…a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works 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.

Physician Associates (PAs) are part of a new and growing profession within the NHS. PAs work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries to provide safe and quality care to patients. PAs, under supervision of doctors, may obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, request and interpret test results, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans.

The Physician Associate MSc programme includes over 1,800 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you to practise in a wide variety of specialties and settings. Currently PAs work in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, and multiple Adult Medical and Surgical specialties.

Successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme provides eligibility to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

Key Modules
  • You’ll study in purpose-built facilities in our multi-million pound health sciences building and you’ll share elements of your course with Master’s students from other health-related disciplines.
  • You’ll enjoy our campus university, where you’re never more than a ten minute walk from halls of residence, catering, social, sports and study facilities, lecture theatres, the Library and support services.
  • You’ll be taught by experts in delivering accredited programmes such as Biosciences, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy.
  • You’ll complete 1800 hours of clinical placement during the course.
  • On successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme, you will be eligible to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

Programme Lead
David R Leonard, DHSc, MMS, PA-C/R has been a physician associate for over 25 years. His PA education background includes work at three US programmes, the last as Chair of a developing programme. In the UK he has worked as a Senior Lecturer for the University of Birmingham’s PA Programme before joining Brunel as Reader/Programme Lead for the newly developing PA programme. He is also a member of the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Physician Associates.

His clinical experience has primarily focused on correctional medicine, providing acute, chronic, and urgent care to inmates. He was also a consultant in the medical research industry with a specialty in interventional cardiology/vascular devices.

Medical Director
Ketan C Patel, BSc, FRCP, FRCPath undertook his undergraduate education at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. His registrar training incorporated several medical centres in West London including St Mary’s Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, and Hammersmith Hospital, and he was appointed a haematology consultant at Hillingdon Hospital Foundation Trust in 2005.

Dr Patel has been involved in the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate doctors as well as haematology specialist trainees. He was a Foundation Training programme director for 5 years and helped develop training modules for junior doctors.

Module & Subject

Our Physician Associate Master's course is an exciting and innovative modular programme, delivered full-time over two years. Applicants should be aware that the programme is delivered over a period 45 weeks in Year 1 and 48 weeks in Year 2. In addition the course is intense, with significant contact hours. Students should expect to be studying on campus from 9am - 6pm five days a week. All students must be ready to assume responsibility for their own learning.

Clinical placements will start in the first term of Year 1 with weekly one-day GP placements. In Year 2 the majority of time will be spent on clinical placement in various practice settings. You should broadly expect to adopt the working patterns of the supervising clinician (clinical educator). Generally, you are expected to complete 42 weeks of clinical experience. You should expect to be working roughly a 40-hour week whilst on placement.

Below you will find a brief description of each of the modules.(Please note that all modules are compulsory.)

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (Year 1 & 2)
This module will provide you with the knowledge and clinical reasoning skills of the fundamental elements of clinical medicine which include the presentation, diagnosis and management of disease and health conditions.

Personal and Professional Development for the Physician Associate (Year 1 & 2)
This module will enable you to develop communication and clinical examination skills required for the Physician Associate role and to develop self-awareness and reflection appropriate for professional practice as a Physician Associate.

Applied Pharmacology (Year 1)
This module will enable you to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of how the mechanisms of drug action are related to therapeutic and adverse effects. This will enhance practice, as you will be able to monitor and assess more effectively overall drug response, with resultant benefit to patient care.

Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare (Year 1)
This module gives you the opportunity to examine recent literature and to consider its contribution to evidence-based practice. You will explore the types of information that are collected about health and will critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Approaches to Research (Year 1)
This module allows you to develop your knowledge and critical awareness of a variety of research methods, enhance skills for designing research studies, and to develop your knowledge of appropriate methods of data analysis.

Dissertation (Year 1 & 2)
The module will enable you to work with an academic supervisor to design and conduct a piece of research on a topic relevant to medical practice.

PA Applied Clinical Knowledge & Skills (Year 2)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop and apply your basic skills of examination, assessment and treatment in real-life clinical environments to a variety of health disorders relevant to the placement specialty. It also allows you to participate in the health care of patients across their lifespan with a diversity of presentations. Finally, it also provides the practical experiences essential to inform your dissertation.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 7.5 (min 7W, 7L, 7R, 7S)
  • Pearson: 73 (64 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 75% (min 70% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 2 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,June)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
AUGUST