Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Share this content
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

PGDip Physician Associate Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Diploma
2 years FT
Entry requirements
  • Applicants should hold a minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject.
  • Suitable subjects include (but are not limited to) the life sciences (Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Healthcare Science etc.) or allied health professions (e.g. Pharmacy, Audiology, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy etc.).
  • All applicants should hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at grade B or equivalent.
  • Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply

Applications for 2017 have now closed.

The next intake will be January/ February 2018 and we expect applications to open again in November 2017.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please contact

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course description

This course aims to develop the skills required to become an effective physician associate. Physician associates first joined the NHS workforce nearly ten years ago and are now employed throughout the UK in increasing numbers.

They are a new type of healthcare professional who are trained according to the medical model and are able to carry out many of the day-to-day activities that are normally performed by doctors, including the diagnosis and treatment of common and complex diseases, in collaboration with doctors and other healthcare professionals. Physician associates are permanent members of the medical team and perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and recommend therapy.

The physician associate (or physician assistant) role was first developed in the US during the 1960s, and the profession has grown considerably in the last ten years to the point where there are now over 95,000 registered physician associates in the US.


For the 2017 entry, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000

You will be an NHS employee during training and will receive a salary of circa £14,500 in Year 1 and £15,500 in Year 2. This is taxable; however you will still be exempt from council tax as a full-time student.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and have home/EU fee status. 

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.