Physician Associate Studies Diploma

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about study opportunities and how to prepare for the Physician Associate Studies Diploma (formerly known as Physician Assistant).

Physician Associate is a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, working alongside doctors in hospitals and in GP surgeries. Physician Associates will support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They are trained to perform a number of roles including: taking medical histories, performing examinations, analysing test results, and diagnosing illnesses under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Mrs Emily Harding (Skills Instructor and a Birmingham trained Physician Associate), Miss Emma Lomas (Year 1 Lead and Paediatrics Lead and a Birmingham trained Physician Associate) and Ms Alexandra Curran (Year 2 Lead, Assessment Lead and Acute Lead and a Birmingham trained Physician Associate) will be available for the Live Q&A between 14:00 -15:00 to answer your questions about the programme.

Two of our postgraduate studied on the Physician Associate Studies programme.

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study on the programme.

More information about the programmme

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Speaker profiles

  • Mrs Emily Harding

    Emily is a Skills Instructor for the Physician Associate programme, and a Birmingham trained Physician Associate. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Miss Emma Lomas

    Emma is Year 1 Lead and Paediatrics Lead for the Physician Associate programme. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

  • Ms Alexandra Curran

    Alexandra is a Lecturer; Assessment Lead and Acute Lead for Physician Associate Studies Diploma. (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Physician Associate Studies Diploma live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Becky asked:

I am starting the course in August and just wondered if a provisional timetable will be sent to us or we had to contact somebody?

Ms E Lomas - Year 1 Lead replied:


You should have received a welcome email and further details will follow in the next 3 weeks – ensure that you check your email regularly and please contact the admin team if you have not received any correspondence / need to update contact details.

Many thanks and we look forward to meeting you on your first day.

kheeralnisa asked:

what is the timetable like in the 1st year, is it 9-5pm mon-fri

Alexandra Curran replied:

The timetable for the first year is available to see on our website.


We advise that you need to be available 8-6 pm weekdays (due to placements and occasional early/late teaching).


I hope that helps.



kheeralnisa asked:

Hi, i was just checking the fees and fundind for the PA role, and on the page it said there is some funding available for home students from health education Englandh

Alexandra Curran replied:


We are hoping there will be funding available for our January cohort (and hopefully cohorts after that) but we are unable to confirm this at present.





Saf asked:

Hi could I ask what Modules do you do in the first and second term?

Ms E Lomas - Year 1 Lead replied:


In the first year students cover adult medicine both within community and hospital setting from placement perspective.

The first 15 weeks are theory based through PBL / lectures with G.P clinical days x 5

Term 2 includes hospital placement (adult medicine) with some academic in days (university based)

With regard to systems covered – this includes cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurology, renal medicine, some elderly /palliative care and basic acute medicine.