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MSc Physician Associate Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

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).

Although we encourage applications from other healthcare professionals, we do not accept applications from candidates with medical degrees.

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 for January 2021 entry are now open, you can apply via the link here , however, given the entry is sometime away, we will not be reviewing applications until at least August 2020. We will be in touch with you after this date.

We do not have a closing date and would encourage you to apply early, as we reserve the right to close once we reach capacity.

On receipt of your application you will receive a confirmation e-mail, please do not contact us to re-check this.

We have no confirmed interview dates as yet, please wait for us to contact you, we will be in touch in due course.

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 35 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020).

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For January 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

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, there is no further funding available and you would be required to partly self-fund this programme.

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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