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PGDip Physician Associate Studies at The University of Manchester
MSc Physician Associate Studies

Physician associates are trained to work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage complex disease.

MSc Physician Associate Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
MSc and PGDip
2 years FT
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. This may include the life sciences (e.g. biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science) or allied health professions (e.g. pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy).

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

60 places available.

How to apply

Applications to the programme are now closed and will re-open later in 2019, date to be confirmed.

Our mailing list is currently closed and will open again in February 2019, please contact us at  after this date, to join this the mailing list for the latest updates regarding 2020 entry.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Train to work as a core member of the medical team and perform physical examinations, take histories, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and recommend therapy.
  • Undertake over 1,600 hours of clinical training, including placements across the full range of medical specialities at teaching hospitals and primary care providers.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake an overseas elective in Year 2.
  • Receive financial support during training.
  • Study at a university ranked among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Open days

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For the 2019 entry, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time) UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
  • PGDip (full-time ) UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000

From 2018 all Physician Associate programmes in England will be funded according to a National Funding Model.

Student support available includes a £5,000 travel grant, spread across the two years of your studies. This covers the cost of travel to placements. Students registered on the MSc programme may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

In partnership with Health Education England across the North West we are also able to offer the following enhancements to student support:

  • Access to a hardship fund (up to a maximum, means tested amount of £1,000 per student).
  • Free Resuscitation Council accredited ILS training and certification.

Personal indemnity insurance.

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

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