University of York

University of York

Physician Associate Studies

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.

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. 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 every component, obtained within the last two years.

Course modules

Introductory medicine for physician associates; clinical science and practice i; introduction to physical health assessment; core skills for physical health assessment; clinical science and practice ii; quality / service improvement; research project.

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 2 years

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