Anglia Ruskin University: Physician Associate

InstitutionAnglia Ruskin University View institution profile
Department Medicine and Healthcare Science
Telephone 01245 686868
Study type Taught


As a Physician Associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion. From year one you’ll undertake integrated primary care placements in GP surgeries. In year two you’ll be on placement for the entire year as well as producing a Quality Improvement Plan for the NHS.
Our Master’s degree will help you develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware Physician Associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills.
Your study will be divided equally between theory and practice, employing the medical model of teaching, learning and assessment. Besides lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, role play and simulated skills work on campus, you’ll complete a programme of clinical placement rotations in general practice, hospital wards and outpatient settings across the East of England in the following clinical specialties (total hours, over 2 years in brackets):

- Community-based medicine (440 hours)

- General hospital medicine (480 hours)

- Front Door Medicine (A&E) (360 hours)

- Mental health (120 hours)

- General surgery (120 hours)

- Obstetrics & gynaecology (120 hours)

- Paediatrics in an acute setting (120 hours)

This is an intensive and challenging course – but one which offers its own, significant rewards.


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