Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

Bangor University · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should be of the required academic standard and be able to satisfy one of the following conditions: have been awarded an initial degree (2.1 or higher) by a recognised Higher Education Institution in medically-related life science subjects (see widening access section if you are interested but do not have a degree in these areas). Examples include: Medical Sciences; Biomedical Sciences OR be in possession of a non-graduate qualification that the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.

Months of entry


Course content

A Physician Associate (PA) is defined as someone who 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 within the general medical and/or general practice team under defined levels of supervision.
The 2-year PG Diploma program uses a multi-disciplinary, research-informed approach to teach clinical and basic science related to the human systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, female reproductive, renal and genitourinary, the eyes, and skin) and diagnostics & therapeutics.
The scientific background is taught in the context of clinical placements in:
  • Community Medicine;
  • General Hospital Medicine;
  • Front Door Medicine;
  • Mental Health;
  • General Surgery;
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology;
  • and Paediatrics.
Successful completion of the 2 year PG Diploma enables graduates to take the national certification exam, which is mandatory to register and work as a Physician Associate. Students benefit from a strong exposure to clinicians and scientists with active research in medically related subjects.

Information for international students

International students must also have IELTS of 7.0 or above, with no individual score lower than 6.5.

Please note: Only EU and home students can currently apply for this commissioned course. Undertaking this program in the UK does not currently enable you to work as a PA in any other country.

Fees and funding

The Welsh Government has approved funding for students on the PA program for up to 12 student places for two years, that includes covering the cost of Course Fees, a Bursary of approximately £3500 and help with travelling expenses. The bursary is means tested and students will be advised of their eligibility via the external funders.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Jenny Byast
01248 383244