Physician Associate Studies
The integration of theory and practice is deemed fundamental to clinical learning.
The theory is delivered via blended learning with a mix of lectures, small group tutorials and problem-based learning at RCSI's St Stephen's Green Campus. Your clinical experience will be in both hospital and community attachments.
Throughout the programme, there is a focus on patient care, working across healthcare environments, and the variety and scope within your role as a PA.
Applicants must hold a level 8 Health Science or science-related degree with a minimum classification 2.2 award or equivalent qualification.
The MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a postgraduate qualification that includes extensive clinical placement. To be eligible for acceptance to and continuation on the programme, you must hold either a current valid EU passport or a current valid visa which entitles you to work in Ireland.
Failure to maintain either your EU passport or valid work visa during the programme would render you ineligible to remain on the programme.
As part of the selection process applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:
•Copy of your passport, showing personal details.
•Personal statement of no more than 1,000 words outlining why you are interested in pursuing a career as a physician associate and why you feel your application has merit.
•Two reference letters, one of which must be an academic reference. Reference letters can be uploaded with your application, or sent directly to email@example.com by the
•Certified, or stamped copy of academic transcripts (or interim transcripts).
•CV outlining your education qualifications and work experience.
•Copy of an academic IELTS examination or equivalent with an overall score of 7.0 and no individual band below 6.5 (for candidates whose first language is not English).
•You may also send any additional information that you feel is relevant to your application.
In addition, candidates must be available for interview. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garda vetting is required as a standard part of the registration process. Applicants who accept an offer to register on the course will begin the Garda vetting process prior to registration. All students are provisionally registered until they have received clearance from the Garda authorities. Students who fail to secure Garda clearance or who present with serious criminal convictions may be discontinued.
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Foundations of Clinical Medicine
This module explores the foundations of clinical medicine using a systems approach and includes anatomy dissection and prosection. You will need to draw on your previous science/health sciences qualification to relate to the underlying pathology and microbiology of diseases.
Clinical Medicine and Practice
The focus of this module is the application of theory to practice. Emphasis is placed on ensuring your competency in clinical skills and in using a problem-solving, decision-making approach in case-based learning. You will participate in small group clinically-based simulated scenarios in RCSI's state-of-the-art simulation centre.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
PAs need to have detailed knowledge of pharmacology and the related clinical sciences to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. This knowledge applied in the clinical domain will enhance your ability to assess and manage patients/clients presenting with acute health problems and/or complex long-term conditions.
Personal and Professional Development
The aim of this module is to develop your self-awareness and leadership skills, to equip you to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. It will include an understanding of human factors in patient safety such as clinical judgement, the development of clinical expertise and underlying causes of medical error.
Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare (dissertation)
PAs are involved in evidence-based practice on a day-to-day basis, whether it is part of a team implementing a change, or as a professional leading an initiative. Your dissertation will focus on a quality improvement project plan which will have an impact on patient outcomes.
You will complete up to 50 weeks of clinical practice during the programme (across Year 1 and 2) with a minimum number of weeks in areas including general medicine, community medicine, general surgery, specialty medicine and an elective rotation of your choice.
The Physician Associate Studies programme is run over two full calendar years with a total of 30 days annual leave, dispersed throughout. Due to clinical rotations and academic commitments, there is no summer break as in some other RCSI Postgraduate programmes.
Year 1: €12,250 (this includes NUI fee. Also see additional costs below)
Year 2: €12,000
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €100
•Once you have been offered and accepted a place on the programme, a €1,000 deposit will be requested to secure your place.
•The first instalment (50%) of your fees will be requested prior to commencement of the programme in December. The second instalment (50%) will be required in May.
•Fees are paid by electronic transfer.
January 2021 intake
Post Course Info
While all PA students hold a foundation degree in health science or a science-related area, they come from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Some have previously worked in healthcare, others are from a purely academic background, and all find life as a PA student equal parts demanding and fulfilling.
If you're interested in a career as a PA and playing a central role in patient care, read and watch some of our current students and graduates stories below and find out first-hand about day-to-day life as a PA.