MSc in Physician Associate Studies

How to applyMedicine

Thinking about applying for this course?

Come and ask your questions at our special postgraduate open event on February 13.

About the course

The Physician Associate (PA) is a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team in hospital, general practice and community settings under defined levels of supervision.

Physician Associates support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. They train to perform a number of roles including; taking medical histories and conducting physical examinations, developing comprehensive patient management plans, performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and prescribing medications (subject to the necessary legislation). PAs will request and interpret diagnostic studies and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion under the direct supervision of a doctor.

This Hull York Medical School (HYMS) MSc is a two-year intensive professional Master's programme. Academic theory is blended with clinical placements, so you'll get first-hand clinical experience from the outset.

Key facts

Tuition fees

For information on fees and funding, please see the HYMS website.

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

To apply, or for more information, please visit

Entry requirements

All applicants must have at least a 2:1 in a relevant Biosciences Degree (for example, Biomedical, Biological or Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, Sports Sciences), or be predicted to achieve this at the time of application. You must also have GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade B or above, or equivalent. Alternative entry qualifications may also be considered.

You will need to demonstrate a sufficient grounding in Chemistry either through your degree, or A-level to successfully engage with the pharmacological aspects of the programme.

You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to the role of a healthcare professional and have good communication skills.

National Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant
International students

Please see the HYMS website for details

Study information

This programme combines six taught modules and a quality / service improvement research project which are delivered alongside clinical placements in hospitals and in the community.

Year 1

  • Introductory Medicine for Physician Associates
  • Introduction to Physical Health Assessment
  • Clinical Science and Practice 1
  • Core Skills for Physical Health Assessment

Year 2

  • Clinical Science and Practice 2
  • Clinical Science and Practice 3
  • Quality/Service Improvement Research Project 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

HYMS is working with our regional NHS partners to develop excellent employment opportunities within the Yorkshire and Humber Region.  Typically, graduate Physician Associates employed by the NHS start at Band 7 on the Agenda for Change pay scale (from £31,072 at the moment) and can progress to Band 8 with experience and career development.

For more information about a career as a Physician Associate, visit the Faculty of Physician Associates webpage or visit the NHS website.