MSc Physician Associate Studies

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Quality and Evidence Project

Unit code MEDN60040
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students will carry out a project and write a report/dissertation under supervision. The majority of projects
are expected to be clinical or educational and should normally be directly related to current and future
practice for physician associates. Students will be required to identify research questions, develop the
design of a research project and experimental protocol (where applicable), carry out the research, collect
and analyse data and then write up the project. All students will also be required to deliver an oral


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Physician Associate Yr1 MEDN60010 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Physician Associate Yr2 MEDN60020 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Quality and Evidence MEDN60030 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:
- Deliver training in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
- Provide experience of conducting independent research and audit activities
- Examine the extent to which the student has achieved relevant skills and knowledge (via a dissertation and oral presentation of the research topic).

Teaching and learning methods

The unit offers a flexible approach to T&L processes depending on the nature of each project. All students will receive supervision as a group and 1:1 mentoring during the planning, execution and writeup of the project. They are encouraged to attend relevant seminars and will receive support with academic writing and presentation skills. Progress through each key stage of the project is monitored by the supervisor and Academic Lead for Assessment (where appropriate).

Knowledge and understanding

- Demonstrate and understanding of research design and methodology
- Develop an understanding of the principles of literature review
- Develop detailed knowledge of ethical approval requirements and relevant legislation
- Understand the ethical and practical issues and processes involved in research

Intellectual skills

- Develop an understanding of research design and methodology
- Develop have an understanding of a range of statistical methods applicable to the project.
- Demonstrate critical thinking capacity, including abstraction, analysis and critical judgement
- Reflect upon and evaluate research findings
- Synthesise and analyse data and information
- Engage in constructive dialogue with peers and supervisor

Practical skills

- Develop knowledge and practical skills in the use of experimental techniques/protocols relevant to the project.
- Develop skills in producing a literature review, collecting data and carrying out data analysis.
- Develop written and oral presentation skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

- Demonstrate independent thought
- Develop self-management project skills (e.g. time management, prioritisation of tasks)
- Communicate ideas and data both orally and in written form
- Demonstrate critical appraisal, statistical analysis and literature review skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 70%
Oral assessment/presentation 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback provided electronically following submission and marking.

Recommended reading

Projects available across a range of relevant disciplines, the majority are expected to be clinical or educational and directly related to current and future practice for physician associates. However research and literature based (e.g. systematic review) work may be undertaken in other disciplines according to supervisor experience and student preferences. The bulk of reading will be drawn from the primary literature for each project and therefore it is difficult to produce an indicative reading list for all projects. We will refer students to relevant texts for their project (e.g. review articles, statistics, presentation skills etc.).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Project supervision 25
Seminars 5
Work based learning 75
Independent study hours
Independent study 195

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Drew Tarmey Unit coordinator

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