MSc Physician Associate Studies / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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How to apply

Applications for entry in February 2023 must be made through the UCAS website. Please ensure that you refer to the application process guide before making your application through UCAS for this course.

The deadline for submitting the UCAS form for the Physician Associate course is 18:00 (UK time) on 15 January every year for entry in February of the following year. Applications received after this date will still be considered, but we reserve the right to close once we reach capacity.

On receipt of your application you will receive a confirmation email. Please do not contact us to re-check this.

Advice to applicants

Information about the application process for this course can be found on our website: Application process.

How your application is considered

Applications are first screened according to whether or not they meet our standard academic threshold as published on our website.

Those applications that do not meet the appropriate academic criteria will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course.

Applicants who pass the initial screening will be shortlisted by a panel of academic staff members. All components of your application will be taken into account at this stage, but the most crucial part will be your Non-Academic Information Form (NAIF). Please take your time and carefully consider every answer when completing the NAIF.

See more information about the application process.

Interview requirements

We do not make any offers without interview. Please see our interviews page for more information.

Interviews are likely to take place between April and July. If you are shortlisted for an interview we will contact you by email. Unsuccessful decisions and offers will be made via UCAS.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. The health screening is based upon the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) standards of medical fitness to train for medical students [PDF, 71KB].

A potential student may be concerned that their health or disability may affect their ability to fulfil the competency standards of the course. Any such applicants are encouraged to contact the Occupational Health Service and/or The Disability Advisory and Support Service at an early stage in order to explore the situation in depth and consider the feasibility of making reasonable adjustments. Hopefully the process will prove helpful to the student in deciding whether to pursue an application.

The health screening requires the completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and a possible appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. In order to be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. You will be required to comply with any viral screening as requested by the Department of Health.

General enquiries about health screening should be addressed to Student Occupational Health, Tel +44 (0)161 275 2858, Fax +44 (0)161 275 3137.

Please see also the Procedure for Admission to Courses Requiring Medical Fitness Assessment [Word, 59KB].

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of your offer, to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the UK, this takes the form of an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Regulations and record systems in other countries vary. If you receive an offer from us, you will receive a link to further information.

Anyone who considers it possible that a criminal record or other disclosure may reveal any offence must contact the Admissions Team before applying.


You may apply for deferred entry for a year, although we would generally recommend that you apply with up-to-date academic information and work experience. Please note that receiving an offer in the current admissions cycle does not guarantee you a place in the following year.

Please also be aware that the funding model is subject to change and may not be available in future years. Students deferring a place will receive a funding scheme (if available) applicable to the year in which they start the course, rather than the year of application.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

Please contact us.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

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Transfers are not normally considered.