The programme is open to applicants from two different routes: 1. Registered health care practitioners (eg, nurses, operating department practitioners) require one or both of the following: At least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience in a relevant area, and evidence of recent (within three years) and successful academic activity A first degree in a health-related subject 2. New entrants to health care (graduates or graduate equivalent) require: A biomedical science or biological science background Preferably a second-class Honours degree or better, or other evidence of recent and successful academic activity A demonstrable commitment to a career in health care
Months of entry
This programme is intended for existing health care practitioners or graduates with a science background who wish to work as part of the anaesthetic team. The Physicians' Assistant (Anaesthesia) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.
The programme will develop a practitioner role that enables the anaesthesia team to have more staff working differently. Presently in the UK only doctors who have had specialist training in anaesthesia can administer anaesthetics. The PA(A) is a health professional who will expand the anaesthetic service and make operating theatres work more efficiently. You will work alongside other members of the anaesthetic team and under the supervision of your anaesthetist.
Students who have satisfactorily completed the 120 taught credits of the Postgraduate Diploma: Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) will have the option of transferring to the Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia) MSc Programme. Award of the MSc will require the completion of an additional 60 credit Dissertation module, which would take the form of a research project of their own choosing.
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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Fees and funding
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is also offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes, providing £2,000 toward tuition fees. Find out more about the MDS Scholarships of Excellence.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate enquiry service
- 0121 414 5005