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MSc in Physician Associate Studies



What will I learn?

We train Physician Associates to deliver confident, compassionate care, working as part of teams in hospitals, primary care and community settings. On successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to sit the National Licensing Examination to gain entry into the profession.

About the MSc in Physician Associate Studies

Physician Associates provide crucial support to doctors, and work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in the diagnosis and management of patients. Whilst still a relatively new profession in the NHS, numbers of Physician Associates are increasing across the UK, and with that comes the recognition of the vital role they play in delivering high quality care. This is supported by professional regulation of Physician Associates by the General Medical Council.

Our MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a two year, intensive professional Masters programme, developed to meet the requirements of the National Competence and Curriculum Framework for Physician Associates. On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to sit the National Licensing Examination, administered by the Faculty of Physician Associates, in order to gain entry into the profession and begin practice.

Taught by practising clinicians and healthcare professionals, including Physician Associates, you will be trained to diagnose and treat according to the medical model – similarly to medics – so you will be well prepared to complement the clinical team but also work independently with appropriate support.

Physician Associate students will mostly be based at the University of Hull and study in the award winning Allam Medical Building at the heart of the University’s £28 million health campus.

Procedural skills teaching takes place in our dedicated teaching facilities at Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary, part of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where you will learn and practise medical procedures.

You will experience a diverse range of clinical placements throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region, beginning in week three of the programme, including one or more of the main hospital sites at Hull, York, Scarborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby.

You will gain a huge breadth of experience, whether that be in the major trauma centre of Hull Royal Infirmary, or in a rural GP surgery outside Scarborough.

These experiences will be invaluable in shaping you as a resilient, knowledgeable, empathetic and highly skilled health professional, enabling you to meet the challenges ahead.


When you graduate from this programme, we are confident you will have the skills, knowledge, and experience that the NHS wants and needs from its workforce as a Physician Associate, including evidence-based practice and quality improvement research skills.

All our graduates have secured substantive positions as qualified Physician Associates in the NHS, many of which are in the local area. We work with our regional partners to continually develop employment opportunities.

Typically, when you graduate, you will be employed at Band 7 on the NHS pay scale, and can progress to Band 8 with experience and career development.

We also have graduates from our programme contributing to teaching our current students both in the university and on clinical placements.

Which department am I in?

Hull York Medical School

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£27,200.00 (US$ 33,165) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2023


University of Hull

University of Hull,



HU6 7RX, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have at least a 2:1 in a relevant Biosciences Degree (for example, Biomedical, Biological or Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, Sports Sciences, Pharmacology), or be predicted to achieve this at the time of application. Applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C and English at Grade B, 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-levels to successfully engage with the pharmacological aspects of the programme. If you are unsure whether you meet this criterion, please upload your degree transcript when you submit your application which will then be reviewed by the Programme Director. You will also need to demonstrate your commitment to the role of a healthcare professional and have excellent communication skills. Evidence of work experience in a clinical or healthcare setting (e.g. healthcare assistant or care home) is desirable but not essential. All applicants whose first language is not English will need to have evidence of their proficiency, with an IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component. TOEFL: 102, with no less than 24 in each component

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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