Entry requirements

Undergraduate Degree. A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Life or Health Sciences subject area (i.e. biology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medical sciences, medical engineering, nursing, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Pharmacy, Physiology). Applicants who hold a UK (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. All short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Personal Statements: Two personal statements of no more than 500 words are required for both of the following statements: 1. Describe your motivation to become a physician associate detailing your experience, qualifications, and personal qualities as they pertain to becoming a member of the profession. 2. Discuss how the physician associate role might fit into the UK healthcare system. References: Two satisfactory references are required to support your application, both dated within the last year. One of these must be a recent academic reference and the other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself. Health Screening: Successful applicants will have a satisfactory health clearance and are required to undergo appropriate blood tests and immunisations against hepatitis B, MMR, TB, and chicken pox. Disclosure and Barring Service: Successful applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly a Criminal Records Bureau check). More information: Professional Registration: If you are a current healthcare professional or a member of a registered professional body, we ask that you provide details of your registration. If you have had your professional registration suspended or revoked, or undergone a disciplinary/fitness to practise investigation, you will be required to provide further information if selected for interview. You may also be asked to provide full copies of related documentation. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an interview or a place on the programme. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry


Course content

This intensive and exciting new programme provides all the essential skills and knowledge necessary to become a Physician Associate in the UK. In addition, it provides the challenges of enhanced knowledge synthesis and research to produce academic clinicians equipped to lead and develop the profession.

The Department of Health's Competence and Curriculum Framework for the Physician Assistant (now Physician Associate) defines the Physician Associate as:

…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.

Physician Associates (PAs) are part of a new and growing profession within the NHS. PAs work alongside doctors in hospitals and GP surgeries to provide safe and quality care to patients. PAs, under supervision of doctors, may obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, request and interpret test results, diagnose illnesses and develop treatment and management plans.

The Physician Associate MSc programme includes over 1,800 hours of professional practice and will fully prepare you to practise in a wide variety of specialties and settings. Currently PAs work in General Practice, Emergency Medicine, and multiple Adult Medical and Surgical specialties.

Successful completion of the Physician Associate MSc programme provides eligibility to sit for the Physician Associate National Examination and join the Managed Voluntary Register.

If you are considering studying the Physician Associate MSc Programme at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS Values

Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9,000 full-time
International students
£17,500 full-time

Please see information about additional fees.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries