Taught course

Physician Associate Studies (Top Up) - Critical Development of Clinical Practice

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine

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Entry requirements

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Studies
  • Current employment in a healthcare setting
  • An academic reference
  • An employer reference indicating that they will support you to carry out a significant quality improvement project over the next year

Additionally, students must have passed the national Physician Associates exam and be registered on the Faculty of Physician Associate national register.

Months of entry


Course content

This course meets the learning needs of Physicians Associates (PAs) who have completed a diploma and now want to make a masters part of their continuing professional development.

You'll complete a substantial piece of quality improvement work. As part of this, you'll carry out a critical evaluation of the literature on quality improvement and analyse current practice.

We'll ask you to drawn on the academic skills of critical appraisal to review the evidence for quality improvement. Next you will identify a relevant clinical issue related to your practice, critically appraise the related literature and, taking a systematic approach, you'll complete a quality improvement project.

You'll produce an evidence-based report on practice, recommending improvements for clinical practice and reflecting on their success or otherwise.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMedSci
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Laura Besson