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MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies

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This course is now full for January 2021 entry. You can still apply for this course but your application will be held on a waiting list and you will be informed if there becomes space on the course and your application is being considered.

This is an intensive two-year clinical course open to applicants with a first-degree in a health or science-related subject. This course prepares you to work as a Physician Associate (PA) in the NHS.

PAs are healthcare professionals who work to a medical model alongside doctors in hospitals or GP surgeries. This course will prepare you to take a medical history, examine patients, diagnose common problems, perform procedures, and recommend treatment. For more information about PAs, please see the Faculty of Physician Associate website.

The Department of Health is committed to increasing the number of PAs in the NHS, particularly in general practice. In Dorset, there is a real need for additional healthcare staff in all of the acute hospitals and in GP surgeries and it is expected that PAs will be part of the solution to this workforce shortage.

To be eligible for the postgraduate loan and Academic Excellence Scholarship, you must enrol onto the full MSc route. 

See Course details for information including how this course will be delivered safely if you’re starting in January 2021 in response Covid-19.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


PG Dip and MSc: 2 years full-time

Required subjects:

Health or Science subject

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject. 

Required subjects: Health or Science related subject, e.g.: Biology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biological Science, Microbiology, Anatomical Science, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Imaging, Radiotherapy, Paramedic Science, Audiology, Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Optometry, Biomedicine, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Science, Clinical Psychology, Pharmacy, Sports Science.

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Please note that due to Health Education England (HEE) funding, applicants must have UK home status to be eligible to apply for this course.

Course details

How to apply

This course is now full for January 2021 entry. You can still apply for this course but your application will be held on a waiting list and you will be informed if there becomes space on the course and your application is being considered. 

You can apply for a MSc/PG Dip Physician Associate Studies through UCAS by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button.

How and when to apply

Entry requirements

Costs and fees

To be eligible for the postgraduate loan and  Academic Scholarship you must enroll onto the full MSc route. PG Dip route do not currently qualify for the loan and scholarship.

Health Education England has agreed a single, national funding model for Physician Associates. Both MSc and PG Dip students will receive a training grant of £5000. This payment will be made at £2500 per annum, paid via Bournemouth University. The training grant can be used against course fees, placement travel, or similar costs incurred during the programme.

Your staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students and graduates think

Alexander Marc Smith-Vidal, Physician Associate Student

Physician Associate Studies is a fantastic opportunity for graduates to become healthcare professionals, helping to diagnose and treat patients. Early clinical exposure is what makes this course so unique and allows students to maximise their learning.

Sushila Roka, Physician Associate student

I have always envisioned myself to be a part of the NHS to help contribute towards the society and people in need. The role of Physician Associate allows me to achieve this as I will work as a healthcare professional to help diagnose and manage patients.

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