Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:1 or above) in a bioscience or health related subject. You must be able to evidence studying significant human bioscience content either in this degree or at Masters level. You should also have GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree in a bioscience or health related subject may be considered, subject to having at least two years of clinical experience, within the last five years, at the time of application. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree but not a relevant undergraduate degree may also be considered and are encouraged to get in touch before applying. If you do not meet the degree requirements but have relevant experience, you are welcome to contact us to discuss your suitability for the course. An interview forms part of the selection process. Interviews for September 2023 entry will take place in February and March 2023. Degree classification, relevance and/or health care experience may be used to prioritise applications for interview. If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to submit a Declaration of Health in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

Eager to work in the field of medicine? Want to make a difference in an emerging healthcare role? Keen to learn through a combination of teaching and practical placements? Training to become a physician associate at Edge Hill University could be for you. In our physician associate studies course, you’ll discover everything you need to know about providing patient care under the supervision of a doctor. Learn how to interview and examine patients. Conduct clinical examinations. Order and interpret diagnostic tests. Make decisions about patient management and therapy. The past ten years has seen a growing demand for newly-qualified physician associates within the NHS – in acute, primary care and mental health services. You’ll graduate as a flexible and adaptable practitioner, eligible to sit the national exam, set by the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA). You must pass this exam before you can apply for provisional professional registration. Please note, regulation of physician associates by the General Medical Council is expected by 2024. Some requirements are therefore under review.

Fees and funding

Course pricing can be found here - https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/course/physician-associate-studies/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


You will be assessed through a combination of written tests, objective structured clinical examinations, presentations, essays and case reports. You will also compile a portfolio to demonstrate your professionalism and achievement of competence.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171