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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Physician Associate Studies

Programme code:MSC-PASUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Helen Millott Contact address:H.E.Millott@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally, The 2(ii) requirement is in line with our benchmark institution, St George’s, University of London.
Alternative academic qualifications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Since the programme is designed to meet workforce need, we do not wish to discourage candidates already in the workforce, or who have had career breaks and who have appropriate work experience and can demonstrate the ability to study at M level, from applying.
Students may access the MSc if they have already been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies from the University of Leeds within the last five years and have maintained their clinical practice and CPD in the interim.
English language requirements: IETLS 7.5 overall with 7.5 in Spoken English. The language requirements are specified in line with the medical undergraduate programme. The expectation is that Physician Associates will require a similar command of English.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Medicine - Leeds Institute of Medical Education

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Postgraduate Assessment Board

Programme specification:

The programme will appeal to graduates in life sciences and healthcare workers seeking career development in a profession allied to Medicine.
The new programme will meet the NHS requirement for workforce transformation and local demand.
It complies fully with the Department of Health’s approved curriculum and competency framework for Physician Associates (Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant, 2012 – the professional title was changed from Physician Assistant to Physician Associate in 2013).
The distinctiveness of our curriculum will be enhanced by embedding awareness and understanding of the Leeds “Core Programme Threads” relating to Ethics and Responsibility, Global and Cultural Insight, and Employability. Such that:
(i) The programme will enable students to be ethically self-aware and to exhibit professional attributes commensurate with practise as a Physician Associate

(ii) The programme will enable students to acknowledge and appreciate diversity and to engage with social, political, economic, legal, environmental, and technological perspectives appropriate to the NHS but also potentially transferrable to other Health Systems

(iii) The programme will enhance employability. This will be achieved by provision of evidence of transferable generic skills appropriate to the practice as a Physician Associate through an e portfolio and successful achievement of the learning outcomes demonstrated in success in internal exams. Role differentiation follows graduation and success in the national exam.

(iv) The profession is likely to be regulated


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

MEDS5100MClassroom to Clinic 1 for Physician Associates
Pre-requisite for: MEDS5120M and MEDS5121M
Co-requisite for: MEDS5101M
30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MEDS5101MFoundation of Clinical Practice 1 for Physician Associates
Pre-requisite for: MEDS5120M and MEDS5121M
Co-requisite for: MEDS5100M
30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

MEDS5120MClassroom to Clinic 2 for Physician Associates
Co-requisite for: MEDS5121M
30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MEDS5121MFoundation of Clinical Practice 2 for Physician Associates
Co-requisite for: MEDS5120M
30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MEDS5122MResearch in Clinical Practice60 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 02/08/2018

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