Norwich Medical School

MSc PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE STUDIES

Assessment for Year 1

You will also have formative written and OSCE (clinical) exams during your first year, with summative written and OSCE examinations at the end of the year. You will need to pass these exams, as well as the required clinical procedures and case presentations, in order to progress on to your second year of study.  

In the second year you’ll be assessed with mid- and end-of-year exams and further case presentations.  

Your module 6 health improvement project will be assessed through a combination of a literature review, a formative poster presentation and a final written dissertation.  

Once you have passed the UEA final examinations you’ll be able to sit the national Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) examination. UEA has a 100% pass rate on the theory component and very high pass rates for the OSCE, all well above the national average. Pass it and at present you’ll be eligible for listing on the National Managed Voluntary Register of PAs, but in 2021 this will be replaced by regulation  and registration by the GMC.  

You can find out more about the national exam on the Royal College of Physicians website.  

Assessment for Year 2

You will also have formative written and OSCE (clinical) exams in the middle of your first year, with summative written and OSCE examinations at the end of the year. You will need to pass these exams, as well as the required clinical procedures and case presentations in order to progress onto your second year of study.

You’ll be assessed with mid and end of year exams and further case presentations again in year two.

Your module 6 health improvement project will be assessed through a combination of a literature review, a formative poster presentation and a final written dissertation.

Once you have passed the UEA final examinations you’ll be able to sit the national United Kingdom Academy of Physician Assistants (UKAPA) examination. Pass it, and you’ll be eligible for listing on the National Managed Voluntary Register of PAs.

For more about the national exam visit: The Faculty of Physician Associates.

Assessment for Year 1

You will also have formative written and OSCE (clinical) exams during your first year, with summative written and OSCE examinations at the end of the year. You will need to pass these exams, as well as the required clinical procedures and case presentations, in order to progress on to your second year of study.  

In the second year you’ll be assessed with mid- and end-of-year exams and further case presentations.  

Your module 6 health improvement project will be assessed through a combination of a literature review, a formative poster presentation and a final written dissertation.  

Once you have passed the UEA final examinations you’ll be able to sit the national Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) examination. UEA has a 100% pass rate on the theory component and very high pass rates for the OSCE, all well above the national average. Pass it and at present you’ll be eligible for listing on the National Managed Voluntary Register of PAs, but in 2021 this will be replaced by regulation  and registration by the GMC.  

You can find out more about the national exam on the Royal College of Physicians website.  


Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Assessment for Year 2

You will also have formative written and OSCE (clinical) exams in the middle of your first year, with summative written and OSCE examinations at the end of the year. You will need to pass these exams, as well as the required clinical procedures and case presentations in order to progress onto your second year of study.

You’ll be assessed with mid and end of year exams and further case presentations again in year two.

Your module 6 health improvement project will be assessed through a combination of a literature review, a formative poster presentation and a final written dissertation.

Once you have passed the UEA final examinations you’ll be able to sit the national United Kingdom Academy of Physician Assistants (UKAPA) examination. Pass it, and you’ll be eligible for listing on the National Managed Voluntary Register of PAs.

For more about the national exam visit: The Faculty of Physician Associates.


Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2:1 or equivalent

Degree subject

Science or Health-related discipline

Additional entry requirements

If a student has a bachelor’s degree but does not meet the normal admission requirements for the PA course they may sit the GAMSAT. This was developed and validated by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and is used to assist in selection of students for graduate-entry programs and to assess capacity to undertake high level intellectual studies in a demanding course. The minimum admission requirement for the PA course is an overall GAMSAT score of 50 within the last two years. Please see the website for further details. https://gamsat.acer.org/

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have 3 A-levels at grade C or above, including at least one science subject or equivalent.

Applicants are required to submit two references with their application - one related to their most recent Academic study, while the other may be a professional reference.

Academic study should have been completed within the last 5 years.

Interviews

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview. Interview dates to be confirmed for 2021 intake -  likely to be July, October and November.  

Intakes

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. The annual intake for this course is in January each year.

Course Reference Number: 663270

Fees and Funding

Fees for the academic year 2020/21 (January 2021 start) are:

  • UK/EU students: £9,900 per year.  

Fees for the academic year 2019/20 (January 2020 start) are:

  • UK/EU students: £9,700 per year.  

This course is not suitable for international students.

Bursary support for students starting in January 2021 is yet to be confirmed.

Check your eligibility for the UK Government Postgraduate Loans for Master’s courses.

Course related costs

You can find information regarding additional costs associated here

http://www.uea.ac.uk/about/legalstatements/finance-and-fees/additional-course-fees

Course Reference Number: 663270

How to apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. 

To apply please use our online application form.

Application deadline

Early applications are strongly encouraged for this course.  Complete applications, including all supporting documents, references and qualification certificates, must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the preferred interview date in order to be considered.  Applications submitted less than 2 weeks before the preferred interview date, may be considered for the next available interview session.  

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to request further information or to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Course Reference Number: 663270
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science
Duration (years)
2
Train for a Master’s in Physician Associate Studies and you’ll be set for a career as a versatile, dynamic healthcare professional. You’ll play a vital role in supporting doctors in both hospital and community settings, working closely with patients, and helping to diagnose and manage their conditions. On this two-year course you’ll learn how to deliver the highest standards of care to your patients, working within an interprofessional team of aspiring medical and health professionals. Our programme is split 50/50 between theory and practice and, thanks to strong relationships with local healthcare providers, you’ll benefit from placements that have been carefully tailored to be meaningful and rewarding to you. You’ll study in the first-class facilities at Norwich Medical School, and at a level that will give you a more rounded experience and a deeper understanding of the needs of both patients and healthcare providers. Course Start Date: Jan 2021 Course End Date: Jan 2023
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