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, nursing or physiotherapy) 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. 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.To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview. Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions-fms@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

A shortfall in doctors has led to exciting opportunities in the new role of physician associate (PA). PAs work under the supervision of doctors to take a medical history, carry out a complete physical examination, diagnose and manage patients.

Following success in the USA, the introduction of a PA programme in the UK has led to growing opportunities for roles in general practice, cardiology, neurosurgery and other specialities. By 2030, it’s estimated that the NHS need one PA for every 10 doctors, equating to around 14,000 PAs.

This intensive course is equally divided between theory and practice, supporting classroom learning, with clinical rotation placements across the East of England including paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, and community-based and general hospital medicine.

Modules - Year 1

  • Principles of Basic and Clinical Medicine
  • Family Welfare and Child Healthcare
  • Clinical Pharmacology for Practice
  • Research Studies

Modules - Year 2

  • Applied Practice and Professional Development for the Physician Associate
  • Major Project

Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.

For more details please visit the university website.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Fees and funding

For more details about fees, fundings and scholarships please visit the university website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty Admissions Team
+44 (0) 1245 686868