MSc Physician Associate Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
MSc or PGDip
2 years FT
Entry requirements

Applicants should hold or be predicted an Upper Second class degree (2:1). This may include the life sciences (e.g. biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science) or allied health professions (eg pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy).

Although we encourage applications from other healthcare professionals, we do not accept applications from candidates with medical degrees or those who have previously studied for, but not completed, a medical or healthcare degree.

All applicants should hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English Language at grade B (6) or equivalent. Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

From the 2022/23 admissions cycle we will be gradually integrating the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) into our selection process. Applicants who have taken UCAT and achieved a total cognitive test score in the top third of UCAT test takers and Band 1 or 2 in the Situational Judgement test will receive a guaranteed interview, subject to meeting our other criteria for admission. Applicants with a Band 4 SJT will not be considered for admission. Where UCAT has been sat it must be declared on the application. Applications are still encouraged from applicants who did not sit UCAT and these will be shortlisted following our normal process.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Applications for this course must be made through the UCAS website. Please search for Physician Associate Studies (Postgraduate MSc) or the course code A300 from within the UCAS Undergraduate course search tool. You should ensure that you refer to the application process guide on our website before making your application through UCAS for this course.

The deadline for submitting your application to our Physician Associate programme is normally 18:00 (UK time) on 31 January in the year of entry. Applications received before this date will receive equal consideration. Late applications may be considered subject to capacity.

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 40 in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2022).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,750
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £9,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,400

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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 of up to £11,836. There is no further funding available and you would be required to partly self-fund this programme.

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).


For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
0161 529 4577
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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