Student profile
Alex Moate

Alex Moate

"This course teaches and challenges me daily. It incorporates current and relevant healthcare topics and it’s a great combination of patient interaction, medical studies and procedures."

Course
Physician Associate Studies PGDip
Entry year
2017

Why I chose Surrey

I chose this clinical-based course to add to my solid science undergraduate degree, as the combination of these two courses leads to a direct role in the NHS. Surrey’s healthcare learning facilities were also particularly impressive compared to other universities I had visited.

My course

This course teaches and challenges me daily. It incorporates current and relevant healthcare topics and it’s a great combination of patient interaction, medical studies and procedures. The course is structured around interactive, group, case-based learning, which means that each student can contribute to discussions with relevant knowledge and experience from their previous degrees. This method is an interesting way of learning as it allows students to discuss and debate ideas.

The teaching staff are all healthcare professionals themselves, so teaching is much more personal and experience-led. They're always encouraging me and reminding me of my capabilities.

The facilities at the University are outstanding. The simulation suite replicates the hospital environment and allows you to become accustomed to the surroundings before placement begins.

"The course is structured around interactive, group, case-based learning, which means that each student can contribute to discussions with relevant knowledge and experience from their previous degrees."

My clinical placements

Surrey provides a fantastic selection of placement opportunities at a number of local hospitals and general practices. What I’m most proud of so far is applying the content I have learnt into real-time healthcare practice and making a difference to patients’ lives. It's rewarding to see yourself and others improving.

My life at Surrey

The campus grounds are also exceptional. You often see people walking around, appreciating the scenery. Guildford is a beautiful town and has everything you could ever need. There is always something going on during the weekend and there’s a direct train link into London so I can visit friends during my free time.

My advice

The most prominent difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study is the level of independence in your degree work. Be confident in your abilities!

 

Discover more about our postgraduate health sciences courses, including our PGDip Physician Associate Studies course.

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