Taught course

Physician Associate Studies

Keele University · School of Medicine

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Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree in a biomedical or health science related subject (e.g. biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science, pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery, and physiotherapy).
  • All applicants should hold GCSE qualifications in Maths and English at grade B or equivalent. Applicants with equivalent or non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Where English is not offered as a first language, applicants are required to achieve a minimum IELTS score no less than 7.5 (no less than 7 in any sub-set).
  • Please note: all applicants will be required to submit a Roles & Responsibilities (R&R) form. The R&R form is an opportunity for candidates to evidence their communication and people skills. Download the PA Roles & Responsibilities Form to complete and upload as part of the application process.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be called to interview, held in the David Weatherall (School of Medicine) building on the University campus. Each candidate will undertake a structured individual interview from a panel of three members of the team from the PA course.
  • Before starting the Physician Associate Studies programme all successful applicants will need to pass health and criminal record screening.
  • Unfortunately this course is not open to overseas students.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications for entry in January 2021 are now closed. Applications for January 2022 will open in early 2021.

The position of a Physician Associate is a pioneering and rapidly growing clinical career. This course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to be part of a clinical workforce delivering excellent patient care. A tailored combination of clinical placements and innovative teaching, delivered by PAs, scientists and clinicians, provides the ideal educational environment for learning and skills development.

Physician Associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals, trained in a generalist medical model to deliver care and treatment within hospital and community environments. A PA works independently, under the supervision of a senior doctor, to diagnose, manage and treat a range of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Once qualified, PAs may also develop a specialist area of practice.

Keele’s PA course utilises a diverse range of teaching faculty including PAs, clinicians, scientists and researchers to maximise students’ learning potential. Furthermore, Keele’s placement providers are committed to developing PAs for recruitment into their organisations. Postgraduate medicine is closely affiliated to the North Staffordshire PA Internship Programme and is actively involved with the development of PA education nationally.

Information for international students

Unfortunately this course is not open to overseas students.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9250 per annum


Information on postgraduate taught course fees can be found on the website under ‘Fees and Funding’.

Keele graduates may be eligible for the Keele Alumni Discount which is a 20% discount of the tuition fee.


Since September 2018, Health Education England, has launched a national funding strategy for all Physician Associate courses in England. Keele students will receive in the region of £4,500 towards such items as tuition fees and travel costs, split across the two years of the course.

Students may be eligible for a postgraduate loan for Master’s study. It can be used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

Career Development Loans are also available from certain high street banks.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Alison Pooler