All applicants must provide a personal statement that demonstrates evidence of caring experience, an understanding of the role of a Physician Associate and the personal and academic qualities required for the course and future practice.
Applications received will only be considered for interview following the closing date, at the end of January of the year of intended entry. Interviews will then be offered to applicants based on their personal statement and meeting the entry requirements.
Applications will be assessed by the Admissions team in early April of the year of entry. Personal statements will be reviewed by a panel of academics and clinicians and decisions will be made on who to invite to interview.
Personal statements should ideally demonstrate a good understanding of the Physician Associate role and clear reasons why the applicant wishes to pursue a career as a Physician Associate
The interview process is designed to take account of the personal and academic qualities needed as a Physician Associate, and the capacity to meet the Competence and Curriculum Framework of the Faculty of Physician Associates.
In summary, these are:
- Communication Skills
- Coping with pressure and resilience
- Insight and Integrity
- Passion for the programme
- Understanding the scope of practice
On your interview day, you will be invited to attend two separate interviews, each of 15 minutes duration. They are conducted by pairs of trained interviewers, taken from our panel of clinicians, academics and physician associate students. Your personal statement will be considered and discussed during your interview.
Conditions of Offer
Any offer made is conditional, subject to evidence of qualifications, satisfactory references, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or police check and occupational health clearance.
*The application process is under continual review - please note that Swansea University Medical School reserves the right to alter the assessment process for each application cycle.
Increasing Provision of Allied Healthcare Professionals in Wales
We have an ongoing package of measures in place to meet the recommendations to increase the provision of Doctors for Wales. Similarly, for our Physician Associate programme, eligibility for remaining interview places will be determined based on domicile, secondary school attended and region of origin with preference for remaining places given to students applying from Wales. Full details can be found in our Doctors for Wales Strategy Document.