Postgraduate

Physician Associate Studies PGDip

Physician Associate Studies PGDip

Full time: 24 months

Profile

Our course will prepare you for the National Physician Associate entrance exam. Successful completion of the exam allows you to work as a physician associate within the NHS. You will gain skills in history taking, physical examination and diagnosis. You will also study clinical theory and undertake clinical placements.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to qualify as a physician associate. Physician associates provide patient care within the National Health Service (NHS). They work under the supervision of doctors and health care professionals. The course will suit graduates of a bioscience discipline.

You will learn how to work to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base needed to deliver holistic care and treatment. You will develop your understanding of clinical practice through a combination of:

  • case based self-directed learning
  • clinical skills laboratory teaching
  • hands on experience in clinical settings 

Additionally, you will develop core knowledge in preparation for the clinical workplace. This will include appropriate knowledge of:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • neurology

On completion of the course you will be able to take the national physician associate qualifying exam. Satisfactory performance allows you to begin work as a physician associate within the NHS. The exam is overseen by the Faculty of Physician Associates within the Royal College of Physicians.

The course draws on Newcastle University’s considerable excellence in medical training. It was developed in association with Health Education North East.

Delivery

Year one runs over 46 weeks and includes:

  • six week training in clinical, communication and diagnostic skills using mannequin-based and role play simulations
  • a 27 week team-based learning course introducing core clinical knowledge through clinical case studies 
  • one day a week in a primary care setting developing history taking skills
  • a six week apprenticeship in a hospital based setting to introduce the role of the physician associate

Year two comprises rotations in the following areas followed by a two week assessment period:

  • eight weeks of emergency medicine
  • three weeks of mental health
  • six weeks of community medicine/primary care 
  • three weeks of obstetrics and gynaecology
  • three weeks of paediatrics
  • eight weeks of general medicine
  • three weeks of general surgery 

You will then undertake a ten week senior apprenticeship. Trainees will work as physician associates under clinical supervision.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Pharmacist, Abdominal Transplant Coordinator, Old Age Psychiatry Specialist Registrar

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

NHS, Davison Chemist Ltd, Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology

Data based on responses from 153 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Biomedicine. See more about what our graduates do.

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Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

PGDip

UK/EU

Full time £9,000

International

Full time: £18,000

Health Education England North East (HEENE) will support students enrolled onto the PgDip in Physician Associate Studies course with an education bursary of £9,000 for each year of study and a contribution to travel costs.

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

All Students Number of awards Value of awards
Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Postgraduate Opportunity Scholarships 2017/18

40

£5,000

Two PhD Studentships in Environmental/Animal Science/Clean Technology - Assessment of Environmental Impact of European Pig Systems

2

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,533  

Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate Taught Home and EU Scholarship Scheme 2017

Not specified.

£2,000 scholarships (which will be deducted from your tuition fees) and full fees scholarships.

Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships

Up to 18 scholarships

£2,000 scholarships, awarded as a tuition fee discount.

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000 (2016 entry) or £10,280 (2017 entry)

PhD in Marine Science and Technology - Shipping Exhaust Gas Emission Modelling, Indexing and Regulation

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid. £13,726 living expenses per year.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Civil Engineering Discrete Element Method modelling of non-spherical particles: application to geomaterials, process and mining engineering

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award). 

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

EPSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Nanoscale Tomography and Chemical Analysis of Soft Materials in 3D

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award).  Additional contribution from Proctor and Gamble to be confirmed before commencement.  Also significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

EPSRC Studentship – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

1

100% tuition fees and UK/EU rate for 4 years of study (MSc year + 3 years PhD), plus an annual stipend of £14,533.

PhD Studentship in Agricultural Biochemistry - Safener activity and metabolic resistance to herbicides in dicots

1

Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the four-year duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,701 (2016-2017). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Virulence factors of human and bird Trichomonad parasites targeting host proteoglycans: integrating evolutionary genomics and molecular cell biology

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only. 

PhD in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering: High-fidelity simulations of turbulent reacting flows involving localised ignition and flame-wall interaction

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend according to the EPSRC minimum rate (~ £14,000 per annum).  Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

PhD in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering: Computational analysis of ignition probability in biogas-air mixtures

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend according to the EPSRC minimum rate (~ £14k per annum). Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).

PhD in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Investigating Cooperative - ITS to deliver Infrastructure as a Service

1

UK: 100% of tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057. EPSRC full award, plus an Industrial Case top up from Siemens of £20,000.  EU: fees only.

BBSRC CASE PhD Studentship in Cellular Medicine - Investigating the impact of insulin resistance on ageing, appearance and wellbeing using sleep as a model system

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

STREAM PhD in Civil Engineering – Performance monitoring and full-scale cost of manufactured SUDS components to manage urban runoff

1

Stipend of £17,000 per annum with an additional EPSRC fixed travel and subsistence budget.  Fees paid at the UK/EU rate depending upon EPSRC.  This award is only available to UK/EU students.

STREAM EngD in Civil Engineering – Understanding and communicating impacts of water resource infrastructure removal

1

Stipend of £19,000 rising to £20,000 with an additional EPSRC fixed travel and subsistence budget.  Fees paid at the UK/EU Rate depending upon EPSRC

STREAM EngD in Civil Engineering – Advancing the use of Flow Cytometry (FCM) in the water sector

1

Stipend of £19,000 rising to £20,000 with an additional EPSRC fixed travel and subsistence budget.  Fees paid at the UK/EU Rate depending upon EPSRC.

Five EPSRC DTA PhD Studentships - School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

5

Funding for up to 5 PhD studentships:
UK citizens are eligible for 100% tuition fees being paid and annual living expenses of £14,553 (full award)
EU citizens are eligible for a fees only award (partial award)
International citizens are not eligible to apply for this funding.

PhD studentship in Computational Visual Neuroscience – How Specific Classes of Retinal Cells Contribute to Vision: a Computational Model

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,283 (full award). Additional funding is available for international travel (conferences and exchanges).

Newcastle University Business School Enterprise and Innovation Scholarship 2017-18

1

£3,000 payable towards tuition fees.

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
Faculty of Medical Sciences International Masters Excellence Scholarship

£1,500

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Postgraduate International Scholarship Scheme (2017)

Not specified

£2,000 tuition fee scholarships

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships

255

£3,000

International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

15

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,800 - £11,700 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Chinese Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £5,000 for a range of Business School postgraduate courses.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships Scheme

6

Tuition fees, living expenses, return economy air fare, study travel grant towards the costs of study-related travel within the UK or overseas plus a warm clothing allowance.

Newcastle Santander Scholarships

10

£5,000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees.

Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP)

Not specified.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and living expenses.

USA Athlete Scholarship

10

£5000- £8000 payable towards the first year of tuition fees and a comprehensive support package (see Overview for further details).

All students Number of awards Value of awards
Florence Hilda Yates Music Scholarships

2

100% of UK/EU tuition fees for the MMus or MLitt in Music. Successful international candidates will be required to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees. 

Postgraduate Masters Scholarships in Geography, Sociology and Politics

up to 12

Full and partial tuition fee scholarships at the UK/EU rate.

MSc Funding - 1st Class Scholarship (School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences)

Not specified

£2,000

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2017 entry

£18,000 bursary (£9,000 per year) and a contribution towards travel costs. The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

Not specified.

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com are offering £12,000 in scholarships for postgraduate study.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

The North of England P and I Association Limited (NEPIA) Studentship

1

£2500

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000 for a range of Business School Master’s courses.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

MBA Leadership Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £10,000 will be awarded to high achieving MBA candidates.

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research – Characterising Gene Expression Profiles in B-cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia to inform Treatment Options

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Mechanistic understanding of cell wall biosynthesis to combat antimicrobial resistance

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,525.   Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation MLitt/PhD Studentships for Studies Relating to Japan

Up to 3 (MLitt or PhD)

£10,000,contributing towards your MLitt/PhD tuition fees and living costs. 

Masters by Research (MLitt) Scholarships in the School of Modern Languages

1

The Scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £7,500 living expenses.

MA Scholarships in the School of Modern Languages

Scholarships are available up to the value of £5,000, awarded as a tuition fee discount.

PhD Studentship in Cancer Research - Molecular Characterisation of Primary Uterine Leiomyosarcoma and Preclinical Investigation of Response to Non-genotoxic Activators of p53 via the MDM2/p53/PPM1D Signalling Network

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Eleanor Pinkney Oddie Postgraduate Scholarship for Latin

2

£1000

PhD Studentships in Neuroscience - Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research Studentship

4

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Six PhD Studentships- Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI)

6

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,553.  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

MastersCompare Postgraduate Scholarship

1

£5,000

PhD Studentship in cutaneous medicine and systems biology: Biomarker discovery and integration with computational modelling to predict psoriatic plaque resolution in response to UVB therapy

1

100% UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553.    Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international fees.

PhD studentship in Biochemistry and Structural Biology – The Molecular Structure of Meiotic Chromosomes

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre - 14 Biomedical Scientist PhD Studentships

14

The funding covers a three year PhD. The award is available to UK/EU and non-EU international students, however the award only covers fees at the UK/EU rate and international students will need to fund the difference between UK/EU and international fees. Support includes a stipend of £14,553 per year (equivalent to the Research Council rate), and funds for travel and conference attendance (£5,000 per year).

PhD in the School of Chemistry - Photo-activated switchable systems in the solid state

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,553 - 2017/18).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Linguistics

1

100% UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,553 living expenses per year (2017-18 Research Councils UK rate).

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship - Designing dynamic models to understand and predict the responses of complex ecological networks to environmental perturbations

1

100% tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of (up to) is £14,553 pa (17/18), a desktop computer, and £1,500 travel allowance. 

Kidney Research UK PhD Studentship in Immuno-nephrology: Investigating the trigger events in atypical haemolytic ureamic syndrome using comparative models

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD studentship in the Institute of Cellular Medicine - Uncovering the role of neutrophils as drivers of hepatocellular carcinoma

1

100% UK/EU tuition fees and annual living expenses of £19,000.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Development of Novel PET-MRI methodologies for Dementia Research

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,282Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a bioscience or related subject.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30 May 2017.

Interviews

If you are short-listed you will need to attend a 25 minute interview. This is to confirm that you have the aptitude, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as a student and physician associate.

Two selectors from a wide pool of clinicians, educators and non-practitioners conduct the interview. They will assess you on six categories:

  • preparation and motivation for study
  • effective learning skills
  • team working
  • personal qualities/resilience
  • interpersonal and communication skills 
  • empathy, sensitivity and integrity

Selectors will not have access to your personal statement or reference before or during the interview. Your interview performance is the sole basis on which they make their decision.

Interviews will take place between January and June 2017. If you have limited availability for interview please contact us.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Hayley Clark
Course Administrator
School of Medical Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6616
Email: pgpas@ncl.ac.uk