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This MSc Physician Associate Studies Master's degree course is the perfect next step to take a relevant undergraduate degree further, and work towards becoming a Physician Associate. 

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Physician Associates are a recent and innovative addition to the medical team. As a Physician Associate, you'll have the attitudes, skills and knowledge to assess and examine patients, initiate and interpret investigations and then recommend an appropriate management plan. 

The Physician Associate works across a range of medical, surgical and mental health specialties, as well as in general practice (primary care) and hospitals (secondary care). You'll be part of the wider clinical team, under supervision of a General Practitioner or consultant.

On this course, you'll gain the clinical skills and knowledge to become a confident medical professional, working and learning under the guidance of experienced colleagues while assisting patients across a range of healthcare settings.

The number of Physician Associates employed in the UK is increasing and the Government has ambitions to increase recruitment into both general practice and secondary care. When you finish the course, you'll have gained experience in a variety of settings and will be well prepared to successfully undertake the national exams.

What you’ll experience

  • Be trained to take medical histories, perform appropriate clinical examinations, make diagnoses, analyse results and devise management plans
  • Work with simulated patients in our extensive simulation and clinical training facilities
  • Experience a range of practice-based learning opportunities across the region, putting everything that you have learnt into practice, under clinical supervision and mentorship

Work experience and career planning

This programme will prepare you to complete the Physician Associate National Exam (PANE) and take on the role of a Physician Associate within healthcare.

As a Physician Associate, you can look forward to a dynamic and exciting career assessing, diagnosing and treating patients. 

A vital part of the new medical team, you'll work under the supervision of a consultant in a hospital setting or a General Practitioner in primary care.

In the future, other areas you could work in include leadership, service development, research, mentorship and practice education.

You'll be able to get advice and support from our Career and Employability Service for 5 years after you leave the University.

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll get experience of working in real and simulated health settings. Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience that complements your studies.

Teaching and programme assessment

This course provides a balanced structure of lectures, tutorials, directed and self-directed study and practical work. Many elements are delivered via practice and simulation-based learning methods. 

Learning materials are designed and delivered by qualified staff with both NHS and academic experience. As an adult learner, you'll be expected to take an active role in your own learning and development during the course and throughout your career.

You'll be assessed through:

  • work-based learning (placement portfolio)
  • clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • peer review of consultation skills with role players
  • case based presentations and discussions
  • a Master's level health improvement project
  • written exams

You'll have opportunities to assess your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assessments that count towards your final mark.

We'll give you regular feedback on your progress throughout the course and support you towards success.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Consultation Skills 
  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine 
  • Primary Care

Please see our website for our latest module information

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Start date:

  • September 2022




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second class honours degree or equivalent, and demonstration of the ability to study at postgraduate level (typically applicants who have graduated within the last 3 years) or equivalent professional experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good level of Biomedical Science knowledge, and applicants with Arts and Humanities will need to undertake Biomedical Studies in order to apply. Applicants who have started or completed degrees in Medicine are not accepted.
  • Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.5 with no component score below 7.0.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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