Hayley Irivine student story

Hayley's story

MSc Physician Associate Studies

After working in bioanalysis and biotech I wanted to take on a new challenge, to move from laboratory-based to patient-facing roles. I wanted to use the skills I gained in industry together with the knowledge I gained from my undergraduate degree. 

I chose Portsmouth because of the smaller class sizes; more interactive. Tutorials may be in the simulation suite - a hospital-like environment where we practice physical examination skills on models or each other. The simulation suite facilities are second-to-none. GP placements have been arranged by the University and Health Education England (HEE). 

My goals are to gain a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to enable me to qualify, pass the National Exams and gain employment as a Physician Associate. Members of staff and course leaders are always keen to advise and help. Careers advice will be accessible a number of years after graduating. 

I work once a week in hospitality to support my studies a little. I found the job through the Careers and Employability Service, and pick and choose when I want to work to fit around my studies.

Hayley Irvine, MSc Physician Associate Studies

I work once a week in hospitality to support my studies a little. I found the job through the Careers and Employability Service, and pick and choose when I want to work to fit around my studies. At weekends and in the holidays, I volunteer at a children’s hospice when I can.

Student Housing gave advice when I faced issues with my private rented accommodation. 

Portsmouth has a small city campus, close to town and a cycle from the beach. I cycle to university and back along the beachfront, going to the gym en route or a ballet class in the evening.

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