Taught course

Physician Associate

Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Allied Health and Medicine

Entry requirements

  • A first degree in life sciences (such as human biology, biochemistry, medical science or allied health degree) with at least a 2:1 classification or an equivalent qualification
  • Health experience in a clinical setting is preferred
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required
  • A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required

Months of entry


Course content

Physicians’ associates are in demand because of a shortfall in the number of doctors; they diagnose, treat and care for patients in a variety of specialist settings. If you have a first degree in life or health sciences, our MSc will train you in a wide range of clinical skills.

As a physician associate, you’ll fill an important clinical role. You’ll be able to take a patient’s history, perform physical examinations and request and interpret diagnostic test results. You’ll be able to diagnose illnesses; develop treatment and management plans; perform therapeutic procedures; prescribe medication (subject to legislation); and undertake patient education, counselling and health promotion.

Our Masters degree will help you develop a range of skills relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems; the eyes, ears, nose and throat; the skin; and the renal, genitourinary, male and female reproductive systems. You’ll learn to become a caring, capable, knowledgeable and research-aware physician’s associate, with high-level clinical and communication skills.

Your study will be divided equally between theory and practice. Besides lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, role play and simulated skills work on campus, you’ll complete a programme of clinical placement rotations in hospital wards, outpatient settings and general practice across the East of England in the following clinical specialties (minimum hours in brackets):

  • obstetrics and gynaecology (90 hours)
  • paediatrics in an acute setting (90 hours)
  • community-based medicine (180 hours)
  • general surgery (90 hours)
  • general hospital medicine (350 hours)
  • mental health (90 hours).

This is an intensive and challenging course – but one which offers its own, significant rewards.

For September 2018 the curriculum is being aligned to the developing role of the Physician Associate. This is to ensure that our students are fully prepared for employment on their graduation.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 with no element lower than 7.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty Admissions Team
+44 (0)1245 686868